537 Dethick

Like many others Dethick's medieval church was locked. Surely unnecessary in this peaceful spot, we thought, but in 1586 Anthony, the son of the local Babbington family, was beheaded for trying to free Mary Queen of Scots. Intrigue and a Catholic plot, perhaps the quiet is deceptive.

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LOCATION: Four miles south of Matlock
START: Fork left off A6 at Cromford, signed Lea & Holloway, High Peak Junction car park in two miles, toilets
Grid ref: SK315561 Postcode: DE4 5AA
DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate.
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
NOTE: Smedley's Factory Shop open every day
REFRESHMENTS: Jug & Glass, Coach House (when open), Yew Tree
EN ROUTE: Cromford Canal, High Peak Junction, River Derwent, Gregory Dam, Wakebridge, Lea, Nightingale Canal, Holloway

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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