Ripley

Derbyshire


Slow Ways linking Ripley and Alfreton, Belper, Crich, Eastwood, Heanor, Selston, Wirksworth

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Ripley’s seven Slow Ways: 68%

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 3/7
and surveyed: 2/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Belper—Ripley
Belrip one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Crich—Ripley
Cririp one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 190m Descent 225m
Crich—Ripley
Cririp two Verify me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Ripley—Alfreton
Ripalf one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 95m Descent 125m
Ripley—Alfreton
Ripalf three Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 120m Descent 148m
Ripley—Heanor
Riphea one Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 89m Descent 123m
Ripley—Heanor
Riphea two Verify me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 137m Descent 170m
Ripley—Eastwood
Ripleas one Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 124m Descent 184m
Ripley—Eastwood
Ripleas two Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 147m Descent 205m
Ripley—Selston
Ripsel one Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 121m Descent 75m
Wirksworth—Ripley
Wirrip one Survey me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent 389m Descent 391m
Wirksworth—Ripley
Wirrip two Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 386m Descent 386m

Collective progress

60% of Ripley’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

11/12

reviewed

3/12

surveyed

3/12

verified

5 people have contributed to Ripley’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Ripley

101km out of 116km have been walked and reviewed

184km of reviews have been shared in Ripley

Latest Updates

Hugh Hudson surveyed Riphea two

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Here there is a shop and it was good to see that the surface of the next path has been improved along the edge of recent house building. The path, signed to Codnor Castle, is again well used along a field edge and in the dip it looks like the stream can flood. I'm not happy about the narrow path which is provided into the next fields, less than one metre wide just to retain private vehicle access for the owner across the bridge....

Ken

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We cross the bridge over the heritage railway by Butterley station, then take the path right over stiles and along the field boundaries (note that the trodden line is less direct than the right of way). We follow the lane half left up the hill to Cray's Hill, where we cross and turn right. The bridleway follows the edge of a wood to an industrial road (Wimsey Way), where we turn right - there is a choice of following the wide road or the little path left parallel to it....

Hugh Hudson

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We cross Lower Beauvale and take the second path half right which leads across the edge of the park to a bigger path, where we go half right, then turn left up the farm road at the crossroads. Where the farm road turns right up the hill, we go straight on and follow the field path to reach Brinsley on Mansfield Road. Here we turn sharp left along another farm road which becomes a track and then a field path, crossing the Erewash and going up half right towards a row of houses....

Hugh Hudson

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Hugh Hudson took this photo on Cririp two

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Hugh Hudson took this photo on Riphea two

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The path follows an obvious trodden line across the first two fields, then left across a stile into a field, where we follow the hedge on the right to a stile in the corner (I misread the map at this point and followed a more obvious track above the hedge, but was eventually forced to retreat when I realised my mistake). We continue up the lane to the right of the farm buildings, and over the railway, where we either follow the path straight on or (as I did because I wasn't paying attention) stay on the lane up to the road, where we turn right and follow the road left round a wide corner. At the far end we cross another squeeze stile and follow the path through the wood to another field, which we cross to reach the houses at Mill Green, where we go left down the lane to the road, where we turn right. After crossing a bridge we turn right at a very old rusty footpath sign, where the path follows the wooded area a short distance before a raised squeeze stile leads left to an obvious path along the field edge....

Hugh Hudson

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Starting from the square in Heanor, we walk down Market Street, and turn left down Derby Road, crossing at the pelican crossing. We continue a little further and turn right down Nook End Road and Kingsway, then right into Park Street and along the left edge of the Park. At Loscoe Denby Lane we go slightly right and then left along Grammer Street, and follow the path straight on at the end of the street to Codnor Denby Lane, where we turn right (pavement on the right) until we reach the signposted path left, following the signs around the house and then diagonally across the field to a track where we turn right....

Hugh Hudson

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It follows mostly quiet roads out of Heanor with a light controlled crossing of the main road....

Ken

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StephenWalker surveyed Ripleas two

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The first section is on quiet roads with short lengths of footpath to link them. From here a quiet lane with extensive views leads through lower Brinsley to reach the A608....

StephenWalker

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StephenWalker surveyed Ripalf three

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The route leaves on quiet pavements before taking to the footpath around the school field. The footpath from the A610 underpass up to Wood Street was muddy and steeply uphill (in places), but there was firm ground available alongside....

StephenWalker

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Crich—Ripley

Ken added Cririp two, a new walk from Crich to Ripley

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This is basicly a good route but an inconsiderate landowner / farmer has blocked the correct line of the path at Barnclose Farm Fritchley. I will post an unobstructed route but should we abandon routes that have illegal obstructions or should we take steps to have the obstruction resolved? So I intend to verify it and hope others will take a look....

Ken

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A few stiles,sections of quiet road with no pavement and a short section of busyroad with a verge. Nothingto see here but an information board in Fritchley will tell more.Mill Green offers a former Hat Factory and a section of quiet roadwalking before more fields and a view over Fritchley before divinginto a pleasant wooded section. At the end of this it's possible todrop down to Lynam Road and avoid the loop around Tithe Farm butstaying high offers views across the Amber valley....

Ken

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This route is well plotted starting along fenced field edges then more fenced in paths around the edge of Westwood and Jacksdale before a pleasant section alongside the disused Cromford canal. So I'm disappointed that I'm restricted to a narrow fenced route, overgrown, since stock no longer have access to graze it. The first mile and a half is alongside the often weed infested canal then close to the tunnel mouth, which needs a detour to inspect, the route joins the former Butterley Toll roads. Some have become adopted roads but here it's only a public footpath and the owners make futile attempts to prevent unauthorised vehicle use, so care is needed....

Ken

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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. 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....

Ken

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A Co-op offer a chance to stock up on drink and energy bars or if walking into Ripley take away food is available. Openwoodgate on the fringe of Belper offers an Inn and a Co-op before skirting around the sprawling town through green fields shared with cattle....

Ken

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I walked the route Ripley to Wirksworth on a sunny day but I have walked the paths before. 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....

Ken

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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...

Julian Darke

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A fairly steep climb out of wirksworth across fields and lanes with fabulous views....

Timb

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Good views over the Erewash valley, the imposing remains of Codnor castle and the Nature Reserve in the valley....

Ken

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Ripley—Eastwood

Ken added Ripleas two, a new walk from Ripley to Eastwood

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Ripley—Alfreton

Ken added Ripalf three, a new walk from Ripley to Alfreton

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This is a great walk BUT the permissive path across Whiteley brickworks has been closed. The definitive paths across the site are also obstructed pending a diversion being discussed between the landowner and Derbyshire CC. See Riphea-2 for an alternative route over this section....

Ken

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Ripley—Heanor

Ken added Riphea two, a new walk from Ripley to Heanor

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It's not because stiles, uneven surface and long section of enclosed unfriendly paths make section unpleasant....

Ken

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Belper—Ripley

Ken added Belrip one, a new walk from Belper to Ripley

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Crich—Ripley

Slow Ways added Cririp one, a new walk from Crich to Ripley

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Ripley—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Ripalf one, a new walk from Ripley to Alfreton

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Ripley—Heanor

Slow Ways added Riphea one, a new walk from Ripley to Heanor

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Ripley—Eastwood

Slow Ways added Ripleas one, a new walk from Ripley to Eastwood

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Ripley—Selston

Slow Ways added Ripsel one, a new walk from Ripley to Selston

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Wirksworth—Ripley

Slow Ways added Wirrip one, a new walk from Wirksworth to Ripley

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Wirksworth—Ripley

Slow Ways added Wirrip two, a new walk from Wirksworth to Ripley

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Ripley, Wed 1 February

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Ripley’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK3981750510

Lat / Lon

53.05039° / -1.40747°

Easting / Northing

439,817E / 350,510N

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