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.