group leaders have been studying the area for over 20 years and the
an opportunity to pass on the knowledge we have acquired to the group. An important aim of the walks is to teach
members how to read the landscape historically.
Knowle Hill Walke 1 -
boundaries, site of an ancient windmill,
medieval clayworkings, site of Ticknall's
Limeyards Walk -
tracing the course of the 12th century leat.
Looking at ancient coalmining landscapes on the Southwood Estate.
Walk in the Limeyards with
the National Trust's East Midlands Archaeologist
Looking at village
Ticknall's 'Little Field' walk
Derby Hills - serious mud but no rain!
'local' member's view
born and bred, with a lifelong interest in local history, I was
familiar with the route of the 'Little Field' walk. The
difference this time was being accompanied by two local historians (Sue
and Janet), who interpreted this familiar landscape with such knowledge
and enthusiasm, for example, the wide sweep entrance to Calke Park for
teams of oxen, ancient boundaries and ridge and furrow. I had
never considered how these features had evolved, being created by man's
past activities. It was fascinating to learn how these came
about, and the part they played in Ticknall's history and development.
A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening experience both for more recent
inhabitants of Ticknall and natives such as myself. I now see
this familiar landscape from a different perspective, and with even