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Horsley, Little Eaton and Horsley Carr

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Horsley
6.75 Miles (10.90 Km)
Explorer 259  1:25000
Derby, Ashbourne and Cheadle
St Clement's, Horsley
DE21 5BR  (SK 3758 4449)
 
 
301 feet   (92 meters)
183 feet   (56 meters)
462 feet   (141 meters)
 
 
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Jul 20th 2013  Duration 3h 15m
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A six and three quarter mile circular walk with one or two assents along the way but nothing too onerous. Starting near the Church of St Clements in Horsley the route heads out to Holbrooks then on to the outskirts of Litlle Eaton and Coxbench with some fine views along the way. From the edge of Coxbench the route makes it's way under the A38 and up to Horsley Carr and Brackley Gate. The route then crosses farmland towards Horsley Woodhouse. The final leg skirts Horsley Lodge golf course to return into the far end of the Horsley and finishs off with a walk through the village past the three Sitwell Fountains and the unique Grade II listed pillar box on the corner of French Lane.

Getting There:

Horsley is situated six miles to the north of Derby and around four miles to the south of Ripley. Horsley has a regular bus service "Amberline" which stops near to the start of this walk making this walk easily accessible from Derby, Heanor, Hucknall and Eastwood. The current times for this service are available from both Derby Bus Info and Trent Barton Buses websites. Please note that this service runs a less frequent timetable (every two hours in each direction) on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
St Clements Church, Horsley, Derbyshire

St Clements Church, Horsley

Access by road to Horsley is best from the A38 to the north of Derby. Leave the A38 at the exit for Kilburn B6179, follow the signs for Kilburn and Ripley, at the traffic lights turn right onto the A609. Follow the road past a small painted traffic island into the outskirts of Kilburn. After a short distance the A609 swings sharp left, here take the side road that appears to go straight ahead on the crown of the bend. This road is quite narrow and parked cars often reduce this section to single file traffic. Follow the road into Horsley and to the Church of St Clement and St James, parking for this walk is road side only.

It is also worth noting that St Clement's is a well attended church and that on Sundays when services are being held you may well find that you need to park a little further away from the start point of this walk than at other times.

The Walk:

This walk starts at the rather ornate fountain on the triangle of grass near to St Clements Church, like all of the fountains in Horsley is named after one of the daughters of the Rev Sitwell who gifted three fountains to the village in 1864, this one is called Sophia. Walk towards the church from the fountain then take the footpath on the right through the stone stile at the edge of the churchyard, follow the path the length of the churchyard to exit over another stile at the rear of St Clement's Church. Keeping the metal handrail to the right and a hedgerow to the left follow the footpath down the hill away from the church, at the end of the handrail pass left through the hedge and squeeze stile then down a short flight of stone steps to enter into a field. Turn right and continue down the hillside to a wooden step stile in a wire fence, then continue a head to a wide step stile to the right of a white farm gate. Turn right once again and walk along the path with a hedge to the right until another stile to the left of another farm gate is reached, cross this step stile then follow the drive way ahead down to B6179 between Lower Kilburn and Coxbench.

Path Towards Holbrook, Derbyshire

Onwards To Holbrook

Cross a rather dilapidated wooden stile into a rough paddock, on the other side of the paddock there is a way marked gap in the fence on to a gravel track. This track is what was until recently a disused railway line between Little Eaton and Kilburn, the gravel is now all that remains. On the far side of the former track bed pass to the right of a wooden farm gate into a field, walk up the field with the hedge to the right and exit over a stone footbridge and step stile into a second field. Walk directly ahead across the field (or around the boundary if crops are present) to a double stile arrangement just to the left of the telegraph pole and bus stop on the other side of the hedge.
Exit the field onto Port Way and turn right, then cross the road and take the continuation of the foot path just beyond the bus stop and telegraph pole. Follow the path up the rather gloomy path between two properties to return to daylight through a wooden gate onto the back lawn of one of the properties, please respect the fact that this next short section is someone's garden! Keeping as close to the hedge on the right as possible walk up the lawn and exit at the top right corner through an old stone squeeze stile into a field.
The exit from this field is through a double wooden farm gate just beyond an old stone drinking trough in the far top left corner of the field, make you way there at your own discretion as the grass is quite long and will hold water for a while after rain. Turn left after exiting the field and walk along the road past a cottage with rambling roses to a signed stile beside a rusting farm gate. Beyond the stile a short distance ahead is a second basic stile in a wire fence, cross this fence into a paddock containing a couple of horses, the horses are quite friendly and may well wonder over to see if you have anything edible for them. The exit is again in the top left corner of the filed over a step stile beside a metal gate, cross the small paddock (yet more horses) and exit over another stile beside another metal gate. Continue in the same direction along the obvious path towards the tree line ahead and pass through a way marked gap in a wooden fence into a narrow strip of woodland then follow the path to exit into another field. From this point cross the field to a gap in the hedge line then continue heading slightly left towards the middle of a block of trees on the far side of the next field. The trees ahead are the edge of Eatonpark Wood, on reaching the wood enter via a way-marked stile then follow then follow the path to a junction of footpaths. There is now a choice either continue as described, or bear left and reduce the route by just over three-quarters of a mile.
Stone Trough Near Holbrook, Derbyshire

Stone Drinking Trough

If you take the shorter route, turn left and follow the Midshires Way long distance footpath down through the woodland into the top of Whittaker Lane, then down Whittaker Lane until you reach Alftreton Road near to the Bell and Harp public house where you will need to turn left to rejoin the walk.
Staying with the published route turn left then take the stile the stile almost immediately to the right with the Midshires Way twin acorn marker to enter a narrow pasture. Walk across the pasture and exit through a stock gate into another section of Eatonpark Wood, keeping the wire fence to the left walk through the wood and exit through another stock gate. Bear left and follow the hedge line for a short distance then continue on the same heading across the field to a rather well made wooden footbridge across a brook that may or may not be flowing dependant on when the route is walked. On the far side of the bridge follow the path to exit the woodland into an area of open farmland. On the far side of the bridge follow the path to exit the woodland into an area of open farmland, continue ahead across the grassland to a double plank bridge across a ditch into another field.
Wooden Footbridge, Derbyshire

Wooden Footbridge

Once again keep to the left and follow the field boundary to the far corner, exit through a hedge and over a wooden stile then go down the slope to the right of a large tree, keeping left follow the hedge and power lines to a sign post pointing right to Rigga Lane, turn left and go through the metal kissing gate. Follow the path across the next piece of land to another metal kissing gate with the AVBC (Amber valley Borough Council) Routeway 9 way-marker, go through the gate and turn immediate left. With a wall to the left follow the path until it enters a piece of open ground through a rather awkward squeeze stile, walk along the well worn path across the field towards a dip in the tree line on the opposite side of the field and exit through a rather rickety gate onto a lane. Turn left and follow the lane down the hill until it reaches Alfreton Road on the outskirts of Little Eaton.
The Bell And Harp, Little Eaton, Derbyshire

Bell & Harp

Turn left and follow Alfreton Road for around half a mile passing both Whittaker Lane and the Bell and Harp public house (parts of which have been a hostelry for over two hundred years) along the way. Beyond the Bell and Harp take the bridleway on the right beside the white clad cottage near the Coxbench sign, although it may look like some one's driveway (which it is) the bridleway exit is immediately obvious as you enter. Cross the gravel trackbed of the former railway line and the footbridge over Bottle Brook to exit out onto the B6179, be careful as there are no footpaths.

The bridleway continues on the opposite side of the road, but be careful as you cross as this is a fast flowing road and drivers are unlikely to be expecting people to be crossing at this point. Continue along the bridleway, following as it turns sharp left to track along side the A38 then right through an underpass that has no obvious reason t be there. On the far side of the underpass the route turns right to a wide wooden gate then left to resume it's original course up to Horsley Carr. Walk up the hill with the wall and hedge tot he left into the woodland of Horsley Carr, as you enter the woods the path becomes steeper ans splits. Taking the left path climb the final section of the slope to reach a roadway and the half way point of the walk.

Follow the roadway to the left through the woodland for just under a mile to Brackley Gate. Along the way there are a couple of permanent mud bath sections, but in both cases there are paths around them to the right, as you go ignore foot path signs off to the right and at the point where the track divides take the lower path to the left directly ahead. At the Brackley Gate road junction continue along the road ahead for a short distance before taking the footpath on the left just beyond the farm, once again there are no pavements so take care. Cross the stone step stile on the left beside a double wooden gate, the stile is a bit awkward form this direction but has steps on the other side. Cross the small rough paddock and exit through a stone stile beside a metal gate. Pass in front of the wooden cattle shed and keeping the wall to the left exit the field through a double way-marked stile in the corner. Here there is a junction of fields and gates, the route we want is through the adjacent field directly ahead with the field wall to the left. Follow the wall to the pair of Hawthorn trees visible in the distance and exit the field between them the fence beside a cracked metal dome. Walk across the next field to a stock gate and wooden bridge across a ditch then walk down the left side of the next long field to exit onto Smally Mill Road through another stock gate.
Cross the road and go through the metal kissing gate on the other side, cross the small paddock to a stock gate with a AVBC Routeway 2 marker then onto another stock gate and a footbridge over Park Brook. Cross diagonal right across the next paddock to yet another stock gate then walk up the length of the next field to a wooden kissing gate near the corner of the field. Once through the gate cross a ditch over another wooden plank bridge then go diagonally right again to a footpath marker post. At the post do not go through the hedge instead follow the AVBC 2 arrow and walk up the field with the hedgerow to the right. At the top of the field there is a stock gate that does not open too far because of a large wooden post, get through this gate as best you can then continue as before to a another similarly obstructed stock gate. Cross the paddock ahead and exit through a wooden gate and stile combination onto the road between Woodside and Horsley Woodhouse near to the Sitwell Arms public house. Cross the road and head left away from the pub for a distance of around 350 yards (320m) to a 40 mph road sign as the road begins to drop down away from Woodside. Across the road at this point is a way marked stile, the marker post for this footpath has recently fallen down so it may not be immediately obvious. Cross both the road and stile and enter into a wide field with a hedgerow and trees to the left.
Footpath Marker Post, Horsley, Derbyshire

Marker Post

Keeping the hedge to the left walk across the field to a metal gate in the far corner, walk directly across the next field (there are usually lambs here in spring so please keep dogs under control) to another metal gate. Here there is a warning of a Bull in the next field, I have walked this path several times and never seen it! Cross the field and exit through a wooden kissing gate and plank bridge. The next section is quite short but narrow with the path squeezed between a hedge to the right and a wire fence to the left, this is soon exited over a step stile through the hedge into an arable field. Keeping the hedge to the left walk along the field to a farm vehicle gap in the fence ahead, go through the gap then bear right down the field along a well trodden path to a gap in the hedge just to the left of a Holly tree. Cross the ditch over another plank bridge and step stile then bear diagonal left to another step stile through a Hawthorn hedge. Continue directly across the next narrow field to a metal kissing gate then keeping the hedge and golf course to the left continue across then next two fields to arrive at another metal kissing gate. There were lots of butterflies along this section including large and small whites, orange tip, and fritillary's.
The Rosamund Fountain, Horsley, Derbyshire

The Rosamund Fountain

Follow the way-marked path up into an area of shrubs and small trees to arrive at another metal gate leading onto the golf course. Do not go through this gate instead turn right and walk up the slope a short distance to a metal kissing gate. Pass through the kissing gate and ahead now should be the brick building that is Horsley Telephone Exchange and some houses. Continue along the path across a grassy area to a metal garden type gate and exit between the houses onto Lady Lea Road. On reaching Lady Lea Road turn left and walk towards Horsley and the Coach and Horsed public house, on the opposite side of the road to the pub is a road junction with a small sunken triangle of grass, this is the site of Rosamund the smallest of the three Sitewll fountains (and the only one still in water). Continue along the road to reach the primary school, a little further along on the opposite side of the road is French Lane, each of the corners into the lane has an item of historic interest. The first corner has the second of the Sitwell fountains (Blanche) set into a garden wall under a tree, the opposite corner is home to a unique Grade II listed pillar box. From French Lane continue along the road back to the village green and Sophia the most ornate of the Sitwell fountains to complete the walk.
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