Royal revelation at Rowsley ramble
THE bustling upmarket Derbyshire village of Rowsley, near Chatsworth, was veiled in grey autumn mist when a band of 11 East Cheshire ramblers set off on a nine mile walk recently led by Steve Hull.
Located on the A6 at the confluence of the Derwent and the Wye, Rowsley was once a major rail hub with marshalling yards and engine sheds and a Victorian station designed by Sir Joseph Paxton that is now a busy shopping complex.
Another popular tourist haunt is Caudwell Mill, a Victorian corn mill that is thought to have the only water-powered turbine flour roller still in operation.
Ascending out of the village via Church Lane, the party passed the Peacock pub, a Grade II listed hotel dating from 1652, to reach a mature woodland rich with autumn colours and a profusion of bird song.
After pausing to enjoy the experience, the walkers joined a path to connect with the Monsal Trail and then had an easy amble into Bakewell for a coffee stop before proceeding past the golf course and on to Edensor.
Lunch was taken at Queen Mary’s Bower on the Chatsworth estate which was built by Bess of Hardwick in 1550 as a viewing and fishing platform.
According to legend, it was later used to form a raised exercise ground for Mary Queen of Scots while she was incarcerated at Chatsworth House in the 1570s.
The ramblers returned to Rowsley along the path that runs beside the Derwent to arrive at Caudwell Mill just in time for afternoon tea and cake before driving home.
For further information go to ramblerseast cheshire.org.uk.
●● The group at Queen Mary’s Bower, Chatsworth