Derbyshire Journals

Things to do and places to visit around our locality

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A travel journal to Derbyshire by catsholiday

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow Photo, Derbyshire, England More Photos
Quote: These are mainly in Derbyshire but we live on the border of Staffordshire so some cross this border.

Hartington - a cheesy village

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Hartington VillageDerbyshireContinuing my tour of little Derbyshire villages today I shall look at one a little large than Alsop-en-le – Dale and Tissington that was once famous for its Stilton cheese.Hartington is also a village just off the Ashbourne- Buxton A5151 road . Hartington was once a thriving market centre in the Middle Ages and was granted its market charter in 1203. It has been many years since there has been a market in the village square though.According to historians the name Hartington come from the Old English for either 'Stags' hill' or 'hill connected with Heorta' which means heart or hart presumably. There must have been more deer around ...Read More

Our Little Church

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Our church in Shirley Photo, Derbyshire, England
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St Michael’s ChurchShirleyDerbyshireShirley Village This small village is down one of two lanes off the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The village has a population of only about two hundred and fifty at tops. WHAT A STRANGE NAME It is thought that the village name comes from the Saxon word for 'bright clearing' (sirelei) .The first recording of the use of the name Shirley was around 1250 when the Saxon lord Siwallis who lived in Shirley added de Shirley to his name. This family were crusaders and this is where the village pub takes its name ( Saracen's Head) . The Shirley family were granted the title Lord Ferrers and Viscount Tamworth in...Read More

Tiny Derbyshire Village

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Alsop en le daleDerbyshireEnglandThis is another of our pretty peak district villages in Derbyshire. It is after you pass Tissington and the entrance to Alsop station which is one of the access points and a car park for the Tissington trail. It is off the A 515 Ashbourne to Buxton road. The Tissington trail passes by the village and was the former rail line from Ashbourne to Buxton and is now a cycle, bridle and walking path very much used by visitors and locals alike.I have already written a review about Tissington village and Shirley village also in Derbyshire so thought I would write about a few more of our little villages in the area.This village is not ...Read More

Tissington Village

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Attraction | "A pretty Derbyshire Village"

The duck pond - a rainy day! Photo, Derbyshire, England
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Tissington VillageDerbyshire A while back I wrote about about the quaint Derbyshire tradition of well dressing and Tissington is one of the many villages that take part in well dressing and as they have six wells which is far more than the usual one or two wells it is a very popular village to visit to see this custom. Some say Well Dressing began in Tissington in 1340. Tissington Annual Well Dressing Festival is always for seven days from Ascension Day and is one of the earlier festivals. The tradition is supposed to have begun as a thanksgiving for the supply of pure water to the village. As I said lots of villages in Derbyshire have well dressing ceremonies but Tissington is pr...Read More

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Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

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Attraction | "Derbyshire has its own stone henge"

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow Photo, Derbyshire, England
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Arbor LowIn Derbyshire we have our own version of Stonehenge which is virtually unheard of around this country never mind further afield in other countries. In fact I had lived in Derbyshire all my teenage years and never heard of it until a few years ago someone mentioned it to me and of course I had to go and investigate it further.Arbor Low is just off the A515 Buxton- Ashbourne road and is easily accessed by a minor road which goes from from Parsley Hey to Youlgrave. It is about 7 miles south of Buxton. The site is on private property in a farmer’s field and they have kindly provided a small car park just beyond the main farm buildings. Although he site is on private proper...Read More

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Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow
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Are you an Up'ard or Down'ard?

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Ashbourne Shrovetide FootballWhere did you say this was?While many of you were enjoying your pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and then starting your Lenten sacrifices on Ash Wednesday our local town was once again turned into a giant football or rugby pitch for the annual Shrovetide Football game which lasts over the two days. This little town is called Ashbourne and known as the ‘Gateway’ to the Peak district and Dovedale. It is just an average market town that has now lost its cattle market but has a growing population as a commuter town for Derby. The population is now about 10,000 which is about double what it was when I went to school there in the late 60s.A game of two si...Read More

A Strange Shrovetide Tradition

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This is the second part of my Shrovetide football story:The ball:This is not just any old ball it is a specially hand painted cork filled leather ball These balls are larger and heavier than a normal football . The cork inner is designed to allow it to float when in the river which is somewhere it spends quite a lot of its timeThe ball is beautifully hand painted and is different each time .Naturally during the game it gets quite well handles and the painting is often not quite as gleaming as when it started. The person who scores a goal is allowed to keep the ball and after each goal the entire crowd returns to Shaw croft for another ‘Turn Up’. If the goal scorer choose...Read More

A Walk Through Shirley Village

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This small village is down one of two lanes off the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The village has a population of only about two hundred and fifty people.WHAT A STRANGE NAMEIt is thought that the village name comes from the Saxon word for ‘bright clearing’ (sirelei) .The first recording of the use of the name Shirley was around 1250 when the Saxon lord Siwallis who lived in Shirley added de Shirley to his name. This family were crusaders and this is where the village pub takes its name ( Saracen’s Head) . The Shirley family were granted the title Lord Ferrers and Viscount Tamworth in 1711 after many distinguished years of serving the country. They did live just outsi...Read More
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AshbourneHaving lived close to this town for the majority of my life I feel that maybe I should give it a bit of a mention.The trouble is when you know a town so well is that you have to choose where to start. A BIT OF GEOGRAPHYAshbourne is considered to be the gateway to the Peak National Park and if you come from the Derby direction you will come along the A52. Coming from Leek it is again the A52 but should you approach Ashbourne from Buxton or the Peak District or from Uttoxeter you will come in on the A515 from either direction. Ashbourne is in a valley surrounded by hills so that in order to get out of Ashbourne you have to be prepared to climb a hill. This w...Read More

Ashbourne traditions and shopping

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Ashbourne is considered to be the gateway to the Peak National Park and if you come from the Derby direction you will come along the A52. Coming from Leek it is again the A52 but should you approach Ashbourne from Buxton or the Peak District or from Uttoxeter you will come in on the A515 from either direction. Ashbourne is in a valley surrounded by hills so that in order to get out of Ashbourne you have to be prepared to climb a hill. Ashbourne is a classic example of an English market town although the cattle market is no longer and the other market in the town centre which used to be very busy on Thursdays and Saturdays is rapidly dying a death. WHAT ELSE?Aside from th...Read More

Blackbrook Zoological Park

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Attraction | "Zoos in the National curriculum"

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This is part one of a two part reviewBlackbrook ZooWinkhill, Staffordshire, ST13 7QRThis little zoo is probably the one closest to us and my grandson had his birthday party here recently with thirteen children including him. We were invited to go to help with transport and share his birthday treat. PRICES AND TIMESOpen all year round except Christmas dayFebruary half term - 5th November : 10am - 5.30pm each day and last admission at 4pm6th November - February half term : 10am – Dusk but last admissions 3pmAdmission: these prices include a gift aid but it is a little cheaper without this. Adults: £9.95 Concessions / Carers: £7.9...Read More

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Blackbrook Zoological Park
Winkhill
Staffordshire, England ST13 7QR
01538 308293

Blackbrook Zoological Park

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Attraction | "Compare these meerkats "

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This is part two of my review on Blackbrook ZooOUR VISITWe were a little early for our guided tour so we took the children around some of the exhibits before meeting our keeper. The first place we went into was an enclosed bird and reptile house presumably for animals that needed warmth as it was hot in there. There was a pond in the centre with some water fowl including a tiny little duck which was quite sweet. The most impressive birds in here for me was the tropical crowned pigeon which is the largest pigeon on earth, bright blue with the very large and elegant crest on its head.The zoo is large and so I won’t go through every single exhibit and creature in the place a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2012

Blackbrook Zoological Park
Winkhill
Staffordshire, England ST13 7QR
01538 308293