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Derbyshire Gazetteer

The Peak District is somewhat overshadowed by its flashier northern neighbours (the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, etc.) which is a shame, as it has much to offer.

Heights of Abraham

Location

Derbyshire Map

OS Ref: SK 291 587

Last Visited: 1992

Blue John

Blue John

The cable car ride up to the Heights of Abraham is fun, and the views from the top are splendid.

Shame I canʼt remember much about the blue john caverns. There are better.

Check the Heights of Abraham website for opening times etc.

External Links and References

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Calke Abbey

Location

Derbyshire Map

OS Ref: SK 367 225

Last Visited: 1999

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Hit the colour supplements in a big way back in the seventies when its last owner died, and the house and its contents were found to have been virtually untouched for the previous hundred years or so.

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Since then the National Trust have put a lot of effort into removing the all items, dusting and carefully preserving them, then putting them back and covering them with artificial dust, and it is now presented as a "Vivid example of a great house in decline".

It doesnʼt really work, but they get dreadfully sniffy if you point this out.

Check the National Trustʼs website for opening times etc.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Calke Abbey
      National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

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Carsington Water

Location

Derbyshire Map

OS Ref: SK 237 518

Last Visited: 2011

Carsington Water

Carsington Water

Carsington Water is a relative newcomer to the landscape having only been completed in 1991.

Admittedly planning started back in the 60s and work commenced in 1979. However, in June 1984 the original dam collapsed, and in 1989 they had to start again, having redesigned the dam.

The reservoir and Visitor Centre were officially opened by the Queen on 22 May 1992.

The reservoir is used to store water pumped up from the River Derwent at Ambergate 10.5km (6.5 miles) away during the winter, for use during the summer.

The frightening thing is that, despite covering 300 hectares (741 acres) and being up to 31m (100 feet) deep, the 35,412 megalitres (7,800 million gallons) it holds is only enough to supply the populations of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire for a third of a day.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Carsington Sport & Leisure
      Details of the Sport and Leisure facilities, strange to say.
      http://www.carsingtonwater.com/
    • Carsington Water
      Severn-Trent's official Carsington Water site.
      https://www.stwater.co.uk/leisure-and-learning/reservoir-locations/carsington-water/
    • Carsington Water
      Wikipedia Article
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carsington_Water

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Middleton Top

Location

Derbyshire Map

OS Ref: SK 275 551

Last Visited: 1992

Middleton Top is the last surviving winding engine on the extraordinary Cromford and High Peak Railway. The line used a mixture of inclines operated by stationery engines and conventional locomotives, and arrangement that was very common in the early nineteenth century.

What made the Cromford and High Peak different was that it operated right through to 1963, still using the original inclines.

The engine is operated throughout the season, but using compressed air rather than steam.

Check the Middleton Top Engine and Leawood Pump Groupʼs website for opening times etc.

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