The delightful village of Ashover was once busy with lead mines, lime kilns, quarries, and water mills, while it was also known for shoes, baskets, lace and nails. It even had its own Hydro. It's a bit quieter now, but with three pubs and a tuck shop you are spoilt for choice. The steep, wooded Amber Valley is very attractive with little walked paths, ancient bridges and even after a very wet spell surprisingly little mud.
LOCATION: North-east of Matlock
START: From Matlock follow A632 for 3 miles. Turn left along Wirestone Lane then fork right, signed "Uppertown", to Eddlestow Lot car park.
Grid ref: SK323633 Postcode: S45 0JA
DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Ashover & Kelstedge
EN ROUTE: Ravensnest Wood, Overton, Gregory Mine, River Amber
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News