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I have been researching my family history and have found my relatives came from Doveridge.    It was great to find your site and be able to see what Doveridge looks like.    I look forward to being able to visit Doveridge in person soon.

Margaret McKinlay Mount Colah, NSW, Australia



Thank you for the updating, I would like to congratulate you on the quality of your Website and the coverage you have given our Motorcycle collection, your help is very much appreciated. We have had another record year of visitors with over 500 each weekend that we have been open.

             Some comments made by our visitors and quoted from the M&C visitors are given below:-

         * "A privilege to visit this beautiful collection" (D.T.,Cairns,Australia.)

         *"It is good to see motorcycles which are not just static museum pieces, these are actually used." (M.H.,Woodseats,Sheffield.)

         *"My husband thought he was in heaven" (F&D.J.,Gawsworth, Cheshire.)


Will it be possible for you to list us under Museums on your website, I think this will help some potential visitors in finding us. {Click here to go to feature.)

                    Thank you for all your help.

Phil Crosby, 



We are going to Bradwell for a week so thought I would surf the net to get some information and came across this site. Have printed out loads of walks and information and now can't wait to go. The photos are great, will look again when we get back and be able to see where we have been. This is the most informative site for this area I have found. Thank You

Rosemary Worth, Flitwick, Bedfordshire


We will be holidaying near Darley Dale this Autumn and were SO happy to find the walk you have listed for Darley Dale!  My fiancee and I were just talking this afternoon about how we would like to find a walk that would be close to where we would be staying .  After a bit of searching online I came across your site with so many walks in the area, not just Darley Dale, I'm sure we will be out and about more than anticipated on our holiday.
Thank you for doing the site, I've bookmarked it to come back to when I have more time and can really rummage through all the "goodies" you have on it.

Kelly Ash, Norfolk, near Gt. Yarmouth


Just a note to say how wonderful I have found your website.

I am the County Catalogue Coordinator for the Public Catalogue Foundation ( The PCF, a registered charity, is recording oil paintings in public ownership throughout the UK - an ambitious and exciting project - and is doing this mainly county by county. I am researching for the publication 'Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Derbyshire'.

Twenty catalogues have so far been published. Whilst most paintings will be in the expect museums & galleries we also include mayors parlours, parish council buildings, public halls, civic collections etc. Many museums, galleries and councils re already participating and the project has the support of the Lord Lieutenant.

As a Staffordshire resident your website has been inspiring and very helpful - just thought you would like to know!

Pam Woolliscroft, Leek, Staffs


This is a really good website.  With living on the Notts/Derby border we have been using our free bus passes into Derby.  Now retired, we have time to visit not only places like Ashbourne and Chesterfield where we can go armed with info on places of interest, heritage trails etc. but we are also visiting more local places - Melbourne, Ticknall, Aston on Trent etc. where we can do the complete walks.  The walks have all been easy to follow and it's also good to know where we can get a decent pot of tea!!  There's so much information and I appreciate the amount of time and effort that has been spent on producing the site.  (I only wish someone would do a similar website for walking in Notts and Leicestershire.)  I've recommended your website to one or two of my friends who similarly like to go walking now they have the time.

Carole Bailey Toton, Beeston, Nottinghamshire

An Excellent site, which i stumbled upon accidentally. A link to and from: might help. Also a mention in local Government newsletters such as Derby Homes?

Lynne Moore, Littleover, Derbyshire


Hi Lynne,

I very much appreciate your comments and hope you will continue to visit my website on a regular basis. Below I have tried  to reply to your suggestions
in some detail.

In the past I have contacted the website you mention and various local Government organisations to try to set up mutually beneficial links, but with very few exceptions have had no replies to my emails. Also, having recently had the first of three features promoting Derby Cathedral Quarter published in YesterdayToday by Derby Evening Telegraph, I contacted the group representing the Quarter (I hoped it might be possible for me to supply extra publicity) but have had no reply to my message.

It is the support of many people like you who make me feel that my website is going in the right direction in promoting Derbyshire and the Peak District. Many thanks.


Denis Eardley is an independent, not for profit website

Pre 'Foot & Mouth' (2005?), and since, I've attended reunions of ex-members of R.A.F. Harpur Hill, and Stafford, Mountain Rescue Teams in Hope, Derbyshire.   In March 2008 I actually stayed in The Old Hall, where the evening event occurs - no B & B this time.

As always, the reunion supper was superb but, having stayed two nights, I must state that the breakfasts were unexpectedly good and ample.   My bacon was crisply grilled at my request, and the service was friendly and cheerful - although the waitress was also one of the evening bar staff!

My room was clean and well stocked with non-alcoholic beverages, and biscuits.   On the Sunday morning I was able to loiter in the bar 'til just before mid-day whilst waiting to board the train to Sheffield.  

Lexie Martin freely gave me coffee & biscuits, and a newspaper to read.   Perhaps because I am now lame & slow moving, Alastair Martin insisted on driving me the half-mile to Hope railway station - after insisting that the  glass of 'pick-me-up' cider I ordered was "on the house".

I have a Master's degree in Tourism Management - and I tend to notice things.   One couldn't hope for better hospitality and I hope (the word Hope 'grabs' me!)  to keep breathing and return for another reunion in my 74th. year - and several more!

Thomas I Anderson, FORRES, Moray, Scotland.   (You'll find it mentioned circa five times in Shakespeare's "MacBeth", Act I.)
Just planning our first visit to the Peak District. What a wonderful site, very helpful and much easier to follow than guide books. It would be helpful to show a map of the area.

Nicola Watson Tregony, Cornwall.
Very nice site, a lot of work has gone into this  - well done.

Jeff Smith West End Derby.
I am just completing a new web site for the Rotary Club of Wirksworth to replace our old one which has not been kept up to date.  I wanted a link to a site which gives details about Wirksworth and found yours.

Congratulations on a superb site which is full of information and wonderful visual images.  We moved to Matlock 1976 and have walked extensively in the county.  Your descriptions capture the 'magic' of Derbyshire.

On our Home Page I want only two hyperlinks 'About Us' and 'About Wirksworth'.  I would like to use your site for 'About Wirksworth'.  I hope that is OK.  My only worry is that once they visit your site they'll never return to find out about the Rotary Club of Wirksworth.

David Udall Wirksworth
Absolutely fab site. plan to holiday in peak district with my mum and her little dog. looked at your site for ideas on where to stay and possible walks. you couldn't have been better. info and pictures amazing and the walks plans and details look bob on! very easy to navigate site, congratulations and many thanks

Amanda Robbins, Preston, Lancashire

What a find this site. My husband and I have enjoyed walking in the Peak District mainly at the weekend for quite a few years following walks in several books- sometimes the walks have been difficult to follow! Now we have more leisure time we are able to walk during the week and manage up to 12 miles (2x 6 mile walks).

I downloaded  the Biggin Walk from your site and we walked it on Saturday. It was so easy to follow - clearly set out and with lovely photographs and map too which added to the experience. Also on our walk we met one of the rangers which was most reassuring.

Something we have both noticed  and appreciated over the years of walking in the peak district is that frequently now the stiles have been replaced by gates easier to negotiate  when your joints are stiffer and climbing over stone stiles becomes quite hazardous!!
Thank you for providing this valuable resource of walks which we will be regular users of.

Christina and Peter Jones Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire


I just wanted to say how much we appreciate the excellent presentation of our Heritage Centre at Chester Green. Thank you very much indeed.

Joan D'Arcy, Little Chester, Derby
Click the link to find out more about Little Chester  - 'Visit our Local History Group website'}


Great Website, Thanks for our link in your directory and good luck in expanding this great website.

Mackworth Community Website, Derby


We make a countryside series for ITV Central and hope to make a programme on Castleton including the lady who rings the Curfew Bell (I have already contacted her).  We would love to feature a couple of other interesting stories from Castleton and wondered if you knew a suitable person who might be able to help us.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Super website by the way, most informative.

Many thanks

Jayne Stubbs, Kingfisher Television Productions Ltd, Ruddington Notts



First of all let me congratulate you on a fantastic website, it’s much better than most corporate websites in my opinion.  

Secondly can I give you the contact details for Swadlincote tourist information centre to add to your website?  We serve South Derbyshire and the National Forest and we are located within Sharpe’s Pottery Museum.  Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. 

Christine Duddy, Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG

Tel:  01283 222848. Fax:  01283 222848. Email:  Website –


What a brilliant site!  (In fact Derbyshire seems to blessed with an abundance of far-sighted folk- who have developed a whole range of useful sites about this wonderful county.)  Absolutley spot on.  I've spent a delightful and very rewarding afternoon visiting the towns and villages along the way.  Really looking forward to my YHA weekend in a couple of weeks time.  Many thanks.

Carole, Marston Moreteyne, Bedfordshire

Congratulations on such a wonderful web site.  I have lived in Birch Vale for 20 years and have just found it!!  I like all the links you provide on the site.  I was particularly impressed with the local walks of the various areas and will be using your leaflet as my guide very shortly.

Carol Coupland, Birch Vale, High Peak.

What a superb web site.  Whoever has contributed to this, especially all the towns/Villages and walks pages, has done a brilliant job to present your area to  the world.  We found the site via the Moorside Grange Hotel web site.  Sold.  We are on our way.

Michael Dowdall, Kirkcaldy, Fife

What a superb website. I found it in February and tried out a few walks, they were excellent and not ones I might have planned.  Well done.

I shall be back in October and have already chosen more than enough for my week's break. You should be praised most highly for the site; it deserves wider recognition.

Thanks from us mere walkers and say hello to all the others who enjoy Derbyshire in other, equally rewarding, ways.

All the very best

Dave Brinkworth London


Just started a new job in Derby and will be moving here the end of this month (June 2006). Came across your website quite by accident and am so glad I have! This is exactly the sort of site I've been looking for since my husband and I decided to move to Derby rather than commute from Sheffield every day. Thank you so much for your efforts!!

Mrs Goldsmith, Sheffield, Yorks.

I live in a little town called Mapleton, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  I see from the history of the town that it was named after a little place called Mapleton in England.  It appears that Mapleton in Derbyshire may be the place for which it was named.
Your website is interesting, and the Derbyshire and Peak District looks a great place to visit.

David South - Mapleton, Queensland,  Australia.

Have enjoyed quite a few walks, all have been most enjoyable, easy to understand routes hoping to do a lot more have many printed to do so on with the walking boots and off i go. many thanks.
Carol Osborne, South Normanton, Derbyshire.
What an extremely well set out and easy to use website.  It has given me, quickly, all the information I needed to find accommodation and possible walks in Castleton and surrounding area.  The description of each walk and the maps are excellent. 

I especially like the lack of background colour and large plain font you use.  So often background colours and fancy fonts are used and make it almost impossible to decipher the text, the result is that I cancel the website and they have lost a user for good.

Yours is a site I will come back to time and time again.

Thanks for all your efforts.

Jane,  Upton,  Wirral.


I was a student at High Peak College (use to say Happy College) and lived in Buxton for a few years.  Loved it.  Not been back since but browsing this side made me wants to return tomorrow...

What an amazing town, countryside and lovely people!!

=> hope to walk your streets soon.

Nest Van den Eynde. Antwerp - Belgium


I grew up in Eyam and attended the village school. Now living in America I am enthralled by your web-site. As I love walking and return each year to visit Derbyshire, I am looking forward to doing many of your walks. Thank you for this amazing resource.

Julia Louka Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.A.


What a wonderful web site, thank you so much for creating it, it must have taken a lot of work, I have save you under favorites and will keep looking at all your information, many thanks for doing it and well done its brilliant, any suggestions for where we are staying would be grateful but have lots of info thanks.

Bev Haynes


Wonderful website, always look forward to new additions and information.  I'm a disabled "walker"  and your website allows us to plan our time easily to allow my husband our dog and myself so much pleasure.  Thank you.

Mandy Harris, Allestree, Derby

An excellent web site, Thank you for creating and maintaining it, as it has given me all the information i have been looking for about walks and villages in derbyshire, can't wait now to get my boots on and get over there and enjoy seeing it all, Thanks again for your time and effort

Russ Collins, Leicester


What an excellent website. Packed full of useful information, especially the walks! Thank you!

Lisa Storey, Harrogate, Yorkshire


I would just like to say how much i have enjoyed your walks (nearly all of them now!!) The time and effort you have put in to this site is superb. My weekends now consist of looking through your walks choosing at least one to explore derbyshire with. THANK YOU

Gareth Rees, Belper, Derbyshire.

Thank you for providing this very helpful site. My family went on a walk around Youlgreave last Sunday and before setting off we had an excellent Sunday lunch at The Bull's Head, Youlgreave.  This pub is not listed in your pub food section and I think it thoroughly deserves to be.

Eric Bishop, Heanor, Derbyshire.


You have an excellent site which my family and I have used on numerous occasions to help in exploring marvellous Derbyshire. Thanks!

Would you consider a link to my web site at as it gives details and photographs of the Cromford and High Peak Railway?

Kind regards

John Neave Tutbury Staffs


Just to say what a very interesting site this is - excellent!!!!

Karen Kennedy Nottingham
Went to Kingsmoor School, Glossop - Happy Days! Visitors might like to visit the British Club Worldwide at
They offer excellent People Finder facilities and many other features of interest to Brits and Expats alike

Best regards to one and all

Arnold Parkinson Charleston South Carolina USA

Hi Dennis, nice to see your site featured in the DET today. Keep up the good work !

Darren from NEP (Derby)

We found this site by typing in a Google enquiry for Magpie Mine near Shelden. The information given will be most useful later this year when we are leading a walk in the area.

Having seen the information for that one small area we have now spent the last 40 minutes just trolling round the rest of the site. It has now been placed in our favourites folder where I expect we will be making regular use of the excelent information contained within it.
We are most impressed with the ease of use and the level of information this site contains. It was a pleasure to find such a well researched and easy to use single source of information.

We have not been able to find such good sites for the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales. Do you have any suggestions for these areas?

Best Wishes

Kathy & Paul Whetstone Chesterfield


Great site, but, how about listing walks by length, then people can look for the walk appropriate walk to suit them, I am sure my wife for one would appreciate this, ha ha  !!   {The length of the walk is shown above the details for THE ROUTE}

Ian Westhead Atherton Manchester


Your website is a jewel. I am in the process of finishing a new all-UK site tailored for the travel needs of independent visitors, both from overseas and within the UK.

It is based on a (paper) magazine I ran (and founded) for the British Tourist Authority (BTA) - now VisitBritain - until 2002.  This translation into cyber space language has been undertaken by an Internet-savvy young graduate from Manchester University whom I have known for many years and happens to live close by. is primarily concerned with the machinery of movement for travellers though it looks at it in destination terms.

Hence this is how I fetched up on your site.  I have been infilling "content" - in my language "editorial" - on travel opportunities (much abbreviated) in the Peak and Derbyshire in general.

The photographs you use to spread your message are quite wonderful.  If you don't mind I will direct my worldwide readers to your site in my narrative. 

Perhaps we can talk again.

Best wishes

Clive Lewis  Surrey/close to Gtr London boundary

What a great site. The memories a flooding back after browsing this site.
I used to live out an Calow, then Stonegravels (Chesterfield) but I always loved going for walks and camping in the Peak District.

I will be adding a link back here on my site.

Colin Jewison, Trinity - Jersey - Channel Islands

Great site - many thanks.

Brings back memories of many walks. There is a very beautiful walk from Ravenstor YHA via the Wye Valley to Bakewell also Castleton to Ravenstor via the Limestone Way & Miller's Dale. I guess these are on your site somewhere. All the best.

Malcolm Eglinton, Enfield, Middlesex

Having spent a lot of my youthful hours (and some not so youthful) in the Peak I found your site brought back a lots of fond memories.

John Lewis, Melbourne, Australia

What a wonderful website, found because I was looking for info on the Venetian nights. A definite bookmark for me and my family.

Kate Hingston, Cross Green, Derbyshire

I was surfing the Net looking for walks in Derbyshire for our forthcoming holiday - what a find!  Fantastic detailed walks with loads or extra info - thank you so much.  Will let you know how the walks go with 6 month old puppy!

Pam Johnson, Llansilin, near Oswestry, Shropshire

I used to live near Ambergate, Derbyshire and miss the beautiful countryside dearly. Deciding to treat my parents to a trip to Matlock Bath for their anniversary, I decided to check when the Venetian Nights/Illuminations would be showing. I found your site though and have to say how impressed I am. It is very easy to navigate and has all the information needed to plan a great day out. It reminded me of places I had forgotten and from a passing thought I have now planned a complete day, including a walk in Bakewell, for my parents and I to enjoy.

Many thanks for providing such a wonderful service. It has certainly been bookmarked for future use.

Sharon Weston, Leicester
Just found your web site last week and I have spent a lot of time going over it since then, first I should say that I know the derbyshire area very well as I lived in Chaddesden from 1936 until I left for Canada in 1954 and spent a lot of time cycling and hiking all around, have to say that I still love the area and miss it, always remember going to Mrs Chaddwicks at the village of thorpe for cups of tea before setting into a good day in the dales, if there is any one out there that still remembers me give me a shout, love to hear from you. This is a great web site, keep it up.

Joe Matthews, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H-7H9

Great site, loads of info. I have just down loaded the tissington walk on the way to try it now.thanks.

Paul Gray, Bramcote, Nottingham

Denis - the site is everything you said it was. Very good work indeed. We will be happy to put a link across to your site as soon as we can.

Iain, Rock Lea Activity Centre - Hathersage

This is a very interesting site with a great amount of detail included. It is ideal for finding that walk for a Sunday afternoon. Along with the information on events this site is a must for visitors.

Donald Leatt, Hazel Grove, Stockport

Excellent site that you have wonderfully created.

I lived in Burbage and Dove Holes from 1975 to 1982 and living in Burbage was the best time of my child hood that I have ever had, after moving from Dove, my family took me to Blackpool, but that didn't come close to the magic of Burbage, Buxton.

Grin Low woods, Solomon's Temple, Poole's Cavern, nothing comes close to the wonders of that part of England.

Living in Taiwan I frequently look back and remember my child hood and always smile, and now looking at your site just brings back great memories.

Keep up the great work, promote the beauty of the area and may it last forever.

Shin Ying, Taiwan

I went to the peak district for a school trip in year 10 and because I choose geography we had to do coursework on the river Wye.
I think that the peak district is a very beautiful place because there is lots of beautiful scenery and this is one in a lifetime chance.
I enjoyed staying in the countryside and I loved every minute of it. But my other friends did not like it because it was not like the city. But I loved it.

Now I am in my holidays and I still remember the wonderful countryside .
I think that your website is great.

I recommend any one reading this message to go to the Peak District because it is a brilliant place.

Krishna Bhatt, North London

We visited the area during September 2003. We found our visit to Edensor as well as Eyam ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Thank you for an excellent site which has certainly refreshed our fond memories of this visit.

We are definitely planning to return to explore further.

Gert & Renee Prinsloo, Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa
I found your site information in the latest edition of Discover Derbyshire

I've had the last 3 editions of Discover Derbyshire but was disappointed not to be able to get earlier copies as they were out of print. My problem has been solved with your site

I've already recommended it to colleagues at work and look forward to learning more about the lovely County I live in

The site is well presented and very informative. I will be a frequent visitor to the site.

Thank you

Keith Maher, Ilkeston

My partner and I visit the Peak District every summer - we have an annual camping holiday there.  We enjoy walking and are always looking out for likely new walks - hopefully ones which combine plenty of exercise, no sharp drops and a bit of 'green tourism' (no driving). 

I have to say this is an excellent site and has given us plenty to think about.

Many thanks (and I'll let you have any comments on the walks, etc, after our return in July).

Good luck with the site!

Catriona Cuthbert, Essex

We've just moved to Nottingham which isn't too far from the Peak District
and we were looking for some information on nice places to go walking.  So
thank you for providing this.  We're off to Buxton tomorrow to follow your
walk there and I'll let you know afterwards how we got on.

Nick, Nottingham
Very much enjoyed the website but one request please.  Any info on bicycle hire
would be greatly appreciated please.

Jennie Moss, Oxford

I was given your web address by Graham Toons at Derby City Council.  I have only looked at it for about 5 minutes and feel I must congratulate you on a superb job.


 John Young

G'day, Denis, from Tamworth, New South Wales.

We have just received a copy of Part 4 of Discover Derbyshire, sent to us by my sister-in-law.  We think it is a great production and would be interested to know when you get the web site of these articles up and running.

We are sending the paper on to our son who has just returned from visiting the UK (mainly Derbyshire) since we migrated 40 years ago.

Thanks for all your work in doing this.  You maybe don't realise the pleasure you must have given to a lot of people.

Joyce Webster, Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

My wife and I are new to walking and have found your Newsletter very useful this week. We are going on the walk around Hathersage recommended in your Newsletter tomorrow and will keep a regular eye on it in future. We live in Sheffield and look forward to exploring more of the Peak District with your help, please keep it up.

Richard, Sheffield

I just found your site linked from the uk.local.derbyshire newsgroup and just thought I’d drop you a mail to let you know that it looks excellent.


Just discovered your new site while browsing the Derby Evening Telegraph and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed exploring it. I was born in Derby and lived in Belper and Duffield for most of my youth. I have been living in Nova Scotia, Canada, for the last 30 years and still pine for the English countryside getting over for trips with my wife whenever I can. I wish you every success with the project and will follow its progress with interest.

Phil Reid, Nova Scotia, Canada.

What a lovely site! Well done. It came through on my Google Alerts
yesterday. We've done a few of the walks you mentioned, and just happened to
have done the 'Youlgrave' one yesterday only starting from Alport, along the
Lathkill, over to the Bradford via Meadow Place Grange and Lombardy Hall.

Again a great first go at a site, hope you continue with it. Looking forward
to what comes next and trying out some of the 'new' walks.

Hilary Clayton

Just to compliment you on an excellent site. We regularly walk in the peak and shall be trying out these walks


Adrian Evans

We enjoyed your website.

Pete and Margaret Cowley

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