Ambergate and Crich, 20th March 2016

Eight fresh bodies started John's walk from Ambergate Station to Crich and the Amber Valley and ten miles and 930m of climbing (and descending) later eight tired bodies returned.
Ambergate Station looking up the Derwent Valley
 From the A6, we crossed under the Derwent Valley Railway ...
... and along the Cromford Canal ...
... before climbing up through Crich to the Beacon, built in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
 
Then across to Crich Stand.  This Memorial Tower was built in 1923 to commemorate the 11409 men of the Sherwood Foresters who gave their lives in the First World War and is further dedicated to the memory of members of the regiment killed in service since then.

We then descended into the farmland of the Amber Valley for lunch and then through pretty villages ...
... back to the more industrial part of Ambergate, in particular the site of the now demolished Stevenson's Dye Works.  The factory was constructed by the Stevenson family in the late 19th Century and provided employment to many people in Ambergate and the surrounding area.  At its peak in the 1970s the factory employed almost 1500 people.

The photograph below shows the cleared site and what (I think) is a branch of the Derwent Valley Aqueduct which supplies Nottingham with water from Ladybower.  The DVA is a 200km network of pipes and tunnels and is linked to Severn Trent's new Ambergate Reservoir which sits close to where we walked, on a hill above the town.  This is a major construction project to build the second largest covererd reservoir in Europe.  Follow the link to the video - it's worth watching if you are that way inclined.