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A well established walk over farm and parkland, passing Radbourne Hall and visiting the tiny village of Radbourne, with its ancient little church, before returning across the fields to Mickleover.
The Radbourne Estate has been in the hands of the Chandos–Pole family since the 15th century and the Chandos family since the reign of Henry IV. Bonnie Prince Charlie supposedly lunched with the Pole family on his ill-fated march to Derby in 1745.
The estate is currently in the early stages of a ten-year plan to transform it back to its original 1790 design by William Emes, a distinguished Derbyshire landscaper. Work began in 2003 with the planting of new hedges and shrubs.
Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have developed a former railway line as a footpath and cycleway linking Derby with Etwall, which is crossed on the return journey.
The final section of the walk leads you to the centre of Mickleover, where you can add a walk round the Conservation
Area to your itinerary.
Length: 4.25 miles.
Start/Finish: The Mason’s Arms.
Location: On the Uttoxeter Road about 4 miles from Derby City Centre.
Terrain: Easy, level walking mostly through open countryside, but can be muddy in places.
1. Leave ‘The Square’ and walk along Uttoxeter Road with the church on the right, when you reach the traffic island turn right and walk along Ladybank Road.
2. After a short distance, turn left into Greenside Court and take the stile in the top corner of the cul-de-sac, cross three fields keeping close to the hedge on the left.
2. Cross a stile and go over what once was a railway line to cross the stile opposite into a wooded area, where a few yards after crossing a footbridge you enter a field.
3. Maintain the same direction through a series of fields, with Potlocks Farm in view on your right. Go straight across a minor road, through a gate stile and an area of woodland.
4. Turn sharp left on leaving the wood and walk up a large field by the side of the wood and where it ends continue in the same direction as you descend a grass track with Radbourne Hall on the left.
5. At the bottom of the hill go through a gate, within a few yards turn right to follow the path through Radbourne Churchyard and along the village access road.
6. On reaching a road junction turn right and follow the road as it bends to the right, where once over a small bridge you turn left at a finger post sign.
7. Walk diagonally up two fields, passing Silverhill Farm on the left, continue over the next two fields following the line of electricity poles before, on reaching, the far side of the second field turn left, and follow the field boundary along to a stile in the corner.
9. Continue in the same direction, but once having reached the other side of the field, turn right and walk alongside the hedge to reach a minor road.
10. Cross the road and go through the gate opposite and then cross three fields keeping close to the hedge on your right.
11. Go down a flight of steps and cross the former railway track, before ascending a ramp. At the top follow the path to the right that leads you to the end of a cul-de-sac.
12. Continue by walking along behind a group of bungalows, until you reach a cul-de-sac containing houses, where you turn left and walk up to Ladybank Road. Turn right and follow the road round back to the starting point of the walk.
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A city of considerable character, surrounded by attractive countryside. With the Peak District National Park, the second most visited National Park in the world, only a few miles to the north and the National Forest only a short distance away to the south.
Located near the centre of the country, Derby has excellent communications and is well served by road, rail and air.
PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE AREA
Sudbury Hall: (Tel. 01283 585305) a National Trust property famed for its superb plasterwork ceilings and Grinling Gibbons carvings. The Museum of Childhood adjoins the hall. Contact for opening details.
Tutbury Castle: (Tel. 01283 812129) dominates the surrounding landscape, with excellent views over Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Mary, Queen of Scots, was a prisoner in the castle. Open April to the end of September, Mondays and Tuesdays reserved for coaches and booked parties.
Pickford’s House Museum (01332 255363) housed in a handsome Grade I listed building, built in 1769 by Derby architect, Joseph Pickford for his own occupation. It was opened as a museum in 1988 and delightfully recreates a scene of Georgian domestic life with splendidly furnished rooms and fine costume displays. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year break.
Butler’s Pantry: (Tel. 01332 519007) an attractive little café, situated in the heart of the old village. A take away and telephone ordering service are available. Outside catering is a speciality. Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30-4.30pm.
Mason’s Arms: (Tel. 01332 513156) situated on the western side of The Square, it is open lunchtimes and evenings from Monday to Thursday and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Meals served at lunchtimes only, seven days a week.
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