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September 2017

On Sunday 10th September, Amber Valley Ramblers, who devised the route, held a guided walk from Duffield, as part of the Amber Valley Festival of Autumn Walks.  36 took part, a few just to Shottle or Idridgehay, but most the whole length to Wirskworth, then returning to Duffield on the 4.00 EVR train.

Waymarking of the route is completed, both directions, and including the Alport Height extension.

July 2017

The Ecclesbourne Way was officially opened on Saturday 8th July by the Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP.  The ceremony took place near Turnditch, just North of the A517, adjacent to the Ecclesbourne.  Around 60 people attended, assembling at Wirksworth Station, travelling by EVR steam train to Shottle, walking out to the river for the opening, then onto Turnditch Community Orchard to look at the new interpretation panel, and finally by train back to Wirksworth for a buffet lunch at the station.  See the Gallery page for videos and lots of pictures.

June 2017

The five interpretation panels (see below) are now in place.  See the Gallery page for pictures.

Revision of the printed leaflet (see below) is complete, and is now available at various locations along the route, or to download here.

Waymarks have been manufactured and are currently being installed along the route.

April 2017

Steps have been constructed at Alport Height to facilitate access to/from the summit on the optional Alport extension.

Work is progressing with the five interpretation boards.

The Ecclesbourne Way will be officially launched at an opening ceremony at Shottle on Saturday 8th July.

December 2016

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust involvement has now been extended to one year, and due for completion mid-2017.

Five interpretation boards have been designed and will soon be manufactured; these will give information on the local area and wildlife.  To be erected at each of the four EVR stations at Duffield, Shottle, Idridgehay and Wirksworth, and a fifth one in Turnditch Meadow.

It has been agreed with the National Trust to reinstate Alport Height (in the original plan) into the route.  This will be an optional extension, detouring after Hilltop, and will add an extra mile to the walk.  At 314 metres, 1,034 feet, it is higher than anywhere on the existing route and gives extensive panoramas in all directions.  The area has been under National Trust ownership since 1930, their first acquisition of a scenic nature in Derbyshire.  NT and DWT will be undertaking work in early 2017 to improve footpath access to the summit, including building steps where necessary.

The printed leaflet is to be revised with a clearer layout and the above inclusion of Alport.

June 2016

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust obtains significant funding from SITA (later renamed SUEZ Communities Trust), and other sources.  Six months of work commences, to design and erect interpretation boards along the route, and make physical improvements to the walk (stiles, gates, etc).

January 2016

Ecclesbourne Way (this) website launched.

December 2015

Ecclesbourne Way walk leaflet published, signifying that the route is now operational.

July - August 2013

Public meetings held in Duffield and Wirksworth to raise public awareness of the project.

July 2013

Friends of the Ecclesbourne Way established to devise a walking route along the Ecclesbourne from Duffield to Wirksworth.

Early 2013

Ecclesbourne Way project intiiated by the EU in conjuction with the Enviornment Agency.  The Ecclesbourne chosen as part of a pilot project for improving water quality and environment of rivers.