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Flat fields and long views are all part of this satisfying walk, starting from the West Derbyshire village of Doveridge. The village sits just inside the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border. Farming still plays an important role in the area. The land is relatively productive, much more so than in large tracts of north-western Derbyshire. 

After leaving Doveridge behind, you walk down a long lane towards Holtwood Farm, before turning off through the fields. There are good open views and Doveridge Church is soon seen on the horizon. As you approach the village the tops of the houses come into view. 

The route is straightforward to follow, with good signage and stable stiles that are easy to cross. Doveridge Preservation Society takes great pride in looking after the footpaths in the parish and ensuring they are kept up to a good standard.  

Doveridge Mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book; it was situated just below the church and was fed by a mill stream from the River Dove. It was demolished in the 1970s. Nearby the footpath suspension bridge over the Dove has been well maintained.



Length:     4 miles.     

Start/Finish:     Sand Lane on the roadside near Doveridge Village Hall.      

Location:     Doveridge is two miles east of Uttoxeter, follow the signs for the village from the A50.      

Terrain:     A flat easy walk that leaves Doveridge by a quiet lane and continues across fields. Good open views for most of the way, with the bonus of a short diversion to view the well maintained footpath suspension bridge over the River Dove and perhaps to cross to the other side into Staffordshire.   



  1. Walk down Sand Lane, go straight on at the cross roads, into Pump Lane.

  2. At a turning point, with footpath signs on either side of the lane, turn left down a narrow track, between houses.

  3. Cross the end of a cul-de-sac, and walk down the path, between the garages of numbers ‘39’ and ‘41’.

  4. Continue along an obvious route, which eventually turns sharply to the left, then after a few yards goes to the right, down an access road to several houses.

  5. At the end of the road, turn right and after about 30 yards, turn left at a stile, just past cottages numbered ‘7/9’.  

  6. Follow the path to a stile into a field; then keep close to the hedge on your left, to cross two small fields to reach Derby Road.

  7. Turn right, ignore Bell Lane, and take the next turn on your right into Yelt Lane.

  8. On reaching a cross road, carry straight on along a lane signed for ‘Holtwood 1 mile’. About 150 yards after passing Holtwood Cottages, go over a stile on the right by two metal field gates.

  9. Walk down a farm track for 30 yards, before going through two gates separated by a concrete bridge over a stream.

  10. Continue ahead along a farm track for 80 yards before going to the right at a waymarker. Cross a large field aiming for a gate and stile in the top left hand corner.

  11. Head diagonally across the next field, to go over a stile and then a plank bridge into another field.

  12. Maintain the same direction across another large field, aiming for two water troughs you can see in the distance. Go over the stile and plank bridge behind the troughs.

  13. Turn left and walk along the bottom of the field alongside a stream (mostly dry in summer). Continue in the same direction for the next three fields,

  14.  Angle slightly to the right, in the fourth field, to a stile in the hedge, close by a water trough.

  15. Maintain the same direction to go over a stile, by a metal gate. Walk down the driveway of Glebe Farm and turn left, along Lower Street.

  16. At a road junction, keep straight on past Old Farm, then turn left at a footpath sign post, down a rough track into a field.

  17. Once in the field, turn right and follow the path behind the houses to go through a stile onto a service road.

  18. Go through the stile opposite and maintain the same direction, to reach a lane running along the side of the cemetery.

  19. Walk forward for 15 yards, before turning left along a short fenced path leading to the suspension bridge over the River Dove.

  20. Return to (point 18 above) and walk up the lane past the church, and then follow Church Lane down, to a road junction, where you continue forward along High Street, to reach Sand Lane, which is on the left, past the village shop. 


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Sudbury Hall (Tel. 01283 585305) is a National Trust property famed for its superb plasterwork ceilings and Grinling Gibbons carvings. Please telephone for opening details or visit website.

Tutbury Castle (Tel. 01283 812129) dominates the surrounding landscape, with excellent views over Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Mary, Queen of Scots, was a prisoner in the castle. Please telephone for opening details or visit website. 

Uttoxeter Heritage Centre (Tel. 01889 567176) is housed in a row of 17th century timber framed cottages, with rooms on two floors and a courtyard garden to view. There are two exhibition rooms where changing displays reflect different periods of the town’s past. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Closed Bank Holidays. Free Admission. 



Cavendish Arms (Tel. 01889 563820) is an old coaching inn that used to stand on the main road before the new A50 was built. Food is served lunchtimes and evenings. There is a separate dining room. 

The Leaf and Bean (Tel. 01889 568377) is situated next door to the Heritage Centre in Carter Street Uttoxeter, and provides a wide selection of coffee, tea and cakes. Open Monday to Wednesday and Friday and Saturday from 9am – 5pm.






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There is much of interest to be seen in Doveridge for those prepared to take the time to explore. The residents from the shop to the pub and those you meet in the street are friendly. Judging by the large number of notice boards in the village, it has a very active community.

Apart from the usual events you would expect like whist drives, cheese and wine parties and bingo sessions, you also can get involved in footpath walks with the preservation society, fun events at the bowls club and even a beer festival at the village club!


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