A walk through the villages of Tutbury and Rolleston-on-Dove and the countryside in between.
This is circular walk of 5 miles (8km).
A very relaxing walk on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, taking you through pleasant rolling countryside. The picturesque village of Rolleston-on-Dove is visited on the outward journey, and an historic corn mill is passed on the return.
Rolleston-on-Dove has grown rapidly in recent years as a commuter village, but there has been a settlement here, round the parish church of St Mary and the Alderbrook for hundreds of years. The present church was built in about 1270, but there are traces of even earlier churches dating back to Saxon times.
The impressive gates of Rolleston Hall, the entrance to the former home of Sir Oswald Mosley, are passed as you leave the village. The Mosley family succeeded the Rollestons as Lords of the Manor, a position they held for many years. Their arms can be seen above the fireplace in the Spread Eagle Inn.
The corn mill, about half a mile outside Tutbury, was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is the oldest recorded surviving mill in the area. For many years, it was a high-quality sheepskin and leather shop, now given over for accommodation.
Sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather and something to drink are advisable.
The terrain for this walk is a mixture of pavements, farm drives, footpaths and ploughed fields .... so yes, there will be mud :-)
We will end up back in Tutbury where there are a couple of coffee shop/pubs for some well earned refreshments.
Meet at Midday in the Car Park
Although the car park is a reasonable size, with this many people coming it will probably get full. You may need to park somewhere else in the village and walk back to the car park to meet.
Please note: This event is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if wet.... or snowing!
If you go walking in the winter months, especially if we have had a lot of rain, it is likely to be muddy ... be warned !!