Wirksworth and the High Peak Trail

Wirksworth and the High Peak Trail

For our second walk from CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks we headed over to Wirksworth for walk 18.

Wirksworth is a market town which was granted its market charter by Edward I in 1306. The parish church of St. Mary's is believed to date from around AD653, and is Grade I listed. The town was developed as a centre for lead mining, and later stone quarrying.

The River Ecclesbourne has its source in Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, a heritage railway, follows the river 9 miles to Duffield, where the river enters the River Derwent.

Wirksworth is said to the bases of 'Snowfield' in George Eliot's Adam Bede and Dinah Morris, a character in the novel, is based on Eliot's aunt who lived in Wirksworth. The town was also a prime location in ITV's Sweet Medicine, as well as featuring in Peak Practice.

Pubs on the walk include:

  • Rising Sun, Middleton - this “welcoming village inn is a former farmhouse and stables linked together, dating back to the early 1700s. There is always a bowl of water for your four legged friends.” We took the quick diversion from the route for a lovely half-way half.

  • Blacks Head, Wirksworth - “tucked away just up from the Market Place you will find this inviting 18th century inn, which has history dating back to 1780. This cosy one roomed traditional inn offers a warm welcome to visitors and locals alike. “ We finished the walk here and enjoyed a finishers pint and a packet of crisps.

  • Feather Star, Wirksworth - “a former antiques shop this small cosy micro pub is full of character. The main room has a Log Burner and wooden beams.” One of our favourite pubs in Wirksworth and is clearly very popular with others too as it was rammed… another time.

  • Royal Oak, Wirksworth - “down a narrow street in historic Wirksworth, this is a stone built locals pub with plenty of atmosphere, open fire and up to five real ales.”

Distance: around 4 miles (inc. diversion as the footbridge was closed). For the full route map tap or click here.

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