The "Ecclesbourne Way"

After four years of work by many organisations Amber Valley Ramblers are pleased to announce the opening of this new walking route through the delightful Ecclesbourne Valley in Derbyshire. It is an eleven mile route that follows roughly the course of the River Ecclesbourne and the Ecclesbourne Valley railway. The path takes in some of the higher points either side of the valley to give the walker excellent views over vale. It was officially opened on Saturday 10 July by Sir Patrick McLoughlin M.P. with the High Sheriff of Derbyshire in attendance. 

                  

Photos : J Morrisey,                                                                                   Neil Ferguson Lee

Almost sixty guests, most of whom had had some input into the creation of the ‘way’, were taken by steam train to a point along the route for the tape cutting ceremony. Later the train returned from its journey to the end of the line to take them back to Wirkswoorth station for a buffet reception.


Some facts re the Ecclesbourne Way.

The initial impetus was from the D.O.E. working under an E.U. ‘cleanwater directive’ for the River Ecclesbourne. In conjunction with them and Eccelsbourne Valley Railway,  Amber Valley Ramblers proposed and devised the route, with important input from The Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way. Early work on the 'Way' was carried out by DC.C. Countryside Service supported by Amber Valley Ramblers’,
footpath maintenance team of volunteers. Latterly, with generous grant money received, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has forwarded the project to its completion supplying expertise, footpath furniture and signage.

More Details can be found HERE
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