Mid-Length Walk Report May 16

Old ruins spotted at Mackworth
The latest mid-length walk started from Markeaton Park, to the west of Derby, and headed west around the Kedleston Estate. Walk leader Dave Kay explained the significance of the old brick ‘pill-box’ near Kedleston, which is a survivor from the use of the area for training during the war. There were also good views to the east – including Ratcliffe power station and the new wind turbines near Derby, so some history and science information as well!
The ruins were spotted in the old Mackworth village, although there was some debate about which was which. The village shares its stone-built All Saint’s church with Markeaton. The church has memorials to the Mundy family of Markeaton whose arms date back to Edward the first. An interesting ramble around southern Derbyshire, which we ended with ice creams at the park. Many thanks to Dave Kay and Lindsay Smith for organising this walk.
Our June walk will be at Padley Gorge, in the Peak District.

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