Wirrip one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Wirksworth and Ripley.

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Grid Ref SK2864053981
Lat / Lon 53.08231° / -1.57389°
Easting / Northing 428,640E / 353,981N
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Grid Ref SK3981750510
Lat / Lon 53.05039° / -1.40747°
Easting / Northing 439,817E / 350,510N
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Wirrip One's land is

Arable 4.2%
Pasture 49.8%
Urban 26.4%
Woods 19.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



20 Aug 2021 Summer

I walked the route Ripley to Wirksworth on a sunny day but I have walked the paths before. Ripley stands on a hill which has inspired a 'Rivers Start Here' project and the path leaves the town along an infant water course. The route quickly enters fields, these can be muddy in wet weather and there are often cattle. Crossing the Roman route of Ryknild Street then safely under the busy A38 bypass into Morley Park where remains of an early ironworks can be inspected just south of the route. At Heage the route passes one inn and close by are three more. Nether Heage offers a view of the six sailed tower mill open for viewing most weekends. Nodin Hill offers more good views before the descent to Ambergate, not always a footway / pavement around here. Leaving the Derwent Valley a track climbs to land owned and managed by the Grith Pioneers. A bit of quiet road walking passes The Bear Inn then a mix of road and field path lead to Gorseybank an interesting backwater. At the level crossing you may be lucky to see a steam train pass or make a small detour to peer over the bridge at the station. A hilly but good route and no direct bus link so worth a walk.

Julian Darke

02 Jun 2021 Spring

Very scenic and good views for a lot of the route having climbed out of Wirksworth. less interesting on the approach to Ripley.
the Talbot Taphouse is a lovely micro pub in Ripley.


23 May 2021 Spring

The route varies considerably over it’s course. A fairly steep climb out of wirksworth across fields and lanes with fabulous views. A good section of woodland but there are many paths in the woods so care should be taken so as not to lose your way. There is a steep climb out of Ambergate . The second half of the walk is flatter and becomes more urban on the approach to Ripley. There are good pubs in Ripley and Wirksworth & 3 more on (or near) the route.

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