Close encounter

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Having walked around the Leicestershire border in 2014 I was looking for a new challenge walk for 2015 so again looked close to home. Lincolnshire was an option, immediately dismissed as flat and walker unfriendly. Nottinghamshire looked promising until exploring the north of the county and that distinctive point, a no go area cut off from the rest of the county by the River Idle. Derbyshire was suggested by a comment on the blog and was helped by the High Sherriff having circumnavigated his county in 2014.

Longhorse Bridge over the River Trent the boundary between Leicestershire and Derbyshire

Longhorse Bridge over the River Trent the boundary between Leicestershire and Derbyshire (See section 6)

Netherseal southern point of the county and resting place of Sir Nigel Gresley

Netherseal southern point of the county and resting place of Sir Nigel Gresley (see section 8)

So that was it, 220 miles around the border of Derbyshire. I’m reluctant to say that it was far more varied and interesting than Leicestershire. Very urban along the east side with lots of old industry. The south was obviously much like the Leicestershire walk as it shared the boundary although I found different paths to follow. Rounding the foot of the county my route soon followed the river Dove which inevitably leads to that honeypot destination Dovedale.

Having entered the Peak District there is little comparison with our home county and the walk got better and better. I invite you to follow my footsteps here.

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