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Ripalf three
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7km/4mi

Ascent

120 m

Descent

148 m

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Description

Ripalf 1 is a good route but OS show the permissive path in the wrong place. It goes through the playing field to the west of the route shown. Also there is a better direct route north of here. Part bridleway then unrecorded but it is on the Derbyshire map as a proposed cycle route and is well used

Ripalf 1 is a good route but OS show the permissive path in the wrong place. It goes through the playing field to the west of the route shown. Also there is a better direct route north of here. Part bridleway then unrecorded but it is on the Derbyshire map as a proposed cycle route and is well used

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Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Ripley
Grid Ref SK3981750510
Lat / Lon 53.05039° / -1.40747°
Easting / Northing 439,817E / 350,510N
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Alfreton
Grid Ref SK4112555567
Lat / Lon 53.09575° / -1.38731°
Easting / Northing 441,125E / 355,567N
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StephenWalker

13 Apr 2022 (edited 06 May 2022)

I walked this route from Alfreton. The route leaves on quiet pavements before taking to the footpath around the school field. After the A38 bridge the next section was muddy but not impassable. From the gates of Ferrero to Sleetmoor Wood section was also muddy but firm. The section from Crays Hill at Swanwick is on meadow paths. The stiles and waymarks plot a logical, easy-to-follow course (but not always where the OS show it) bringing you to the road crossing at the Butterley Midland Railway Centre. There is a quiet lane from here to Hammersmith. The footpath from the A610 underpass up to Wood Street was muddy and steeply uphill (in places), but there was firm ground available alongside. From the top of the playing field there are quiet roads to follow into the town centre. Overall this was an enjoyable route with good views.


Ken

05 Oct 2021

A mix of surfaced tracks, muddy paths and short sections of roadside pavement. It corrects a fault and uses an unrecorded path but still offers an option to improve after crossing the A38 approaching Alfreton. There are stiles and cattle.

Leaving Ripley the route takes an off road route through a park but it can be wet and the path muddy, so Butterley Hill might be worth considering after rain. Alongside Butterley Reservoir which was built to feed the abandoned Cromford canal hidden below our feet in a tunnel. Pass the sad remains of Butterley Works the site which made the train shed at St. Pancras and much later the Falkirk Wheel boat lift. After crossing the heritage railway the route is back into fields again these can be muddy and the walked path may not be on the plotted line.

The next road is Crays Hill then on to the cycle track which is incorrectly located on OS. Follow the surfaced path now correctly plotted. The track continues along the edge of Sleetmoor Wood passing the entrance to what was Thorntons Chocolates bought by the Italian firm Ferrero in June 2015. The path follows a well used proposed cycle route linking to a short tunnel under the A38.

The plot uses a narrow footpath between the back of houses and a school field. It would be nice to think the school will offer a little more land to make a pleasant path but in the meantime after the tunnel bear left then right and join a road fronting the houses.


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