Walk #68: Willington to Doveridge
Map of the walk
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This was a nice morning's walk, through an area that I know very well. Having lived in South Derbyshire for many years when I was a teenager. As such it was a bit of a trip down memory lane, and navigation was consequently easy.
I used my Salomon boots without footpads today to test if they got over the problem I had with my ankle; since I had no problems from them that was a success; however I have got a few hotspots on my feet and I swapped into my trainers after Scropton to relieve the pressure.
Today was mainly road walking, with a fair amount of flat slogging along the valley floor. There is a two mile section between Eggington and Marston-on-Dove that is low-lying and was boggy in places due to recent flooding of the Hilton Brook and the River Dove.
Start from the car park and picnic site in Willington, beside the canal and just down the road from the railway station. Head west along the canal towpath and pass under the bridge carrying the B5008, and when you get to the next bridge, the Willington to Hilton road (A5132), turn right and join it before heading to the west.
About half a mile after passing over the A38 trunk road, turn left down Ash Grove Lane. At the end of this lane turn left and go over a bridge over a stream into the village of Eggington. Take the first right down Duck Street and follow the road around a left-hand bend. Shortly after the bend take Blacksmith's Lane that heads off to the right.
Very soon Blacksmith's Lane becomes a muddy track, and after a junction where you take the left branch it peters out totally and becomes a footpath. Head over the field from the end to the bridge over the Hilton Brook. Continue in the same heading until you reach the banking of the River Dove, which you follow for a short distance before heading northwest over fields and the embankment of the old Hilton to Burton-On-Trent railway line before you reach the still-extant Derby to Uttoxeter line at an under bridge.
You skirt along the southern edge of the railway line for a few hundred yards before crossing it via an occupation crossing. Head northwest across fields and past a farm until you reach a road in the village of Marston On Dove at Dovecroft Farm.
Head directly across the road and take a footpath that leads across a field past the church. At the other side of the field join the road and turn left past the church. This road leads on westwards and, as you progress, you may notice a slightly familiar smell. All is revealed a mile later on the outskirts of Hatton when you see the Nestle coffee factory looming in the distance. Before you reach the factory the road ends and a surfaced path diverts you off to the right. The road used to head straight through the factory, was but shut a few years ago. Once the path ends follow the road until you reach the High Street in Hatton.
Turn left up the High Street and once you reach a roundabout turn right down Scropton Road. Follow this quiet road for 1.5 miles into the village of Scropton and then for 3 miles out again, passing Leathersley Farm, until you reach the busy A515 on the outskirts of Sudbury.
At the A515 turn right, cross over the road and take a road to the left that leads for a quarter of a mile into Sudbury Village. Head out past Sudbury Hall (now a museum of childhood) and on until it gets to a roundabout leading up to the A50. At the roundabout take the exit labelled Doveridge and head up the short hill. It is then simply a matter of following this road for two miles until you reach the village of Doveridge.
This makes a total distance of 12.6 miles, with 275 feet of ascent and 151 feet of descent.
There is a station in Willington and one in Uttoxeter, 2 miles east of Doveridge. The entire area is quite well served with bus services, although to go between the two villages you may have to head either into Derby or Burton-On-Trent first. There are regular bus services from Doveridge into Uttoxeter, serviced by Arriva.
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