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The Past Beneath Our Feet: Discovering the Lost Industries of Quarnford

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Event Name The Past Beneath Our Feet: Discovering the Lost Industries of Quarnford
Start Date 29th Sep 2018 10:30 am
End Date 29th Sep 2018 3:30 pm
Duration 5 hours

Guided Walk around Gradbach, with Margaret Black and Eric Wood.

Saturday 29th September 2018

This walk is for all those interested in the South West Peak, its history and archaeology, whether you are a current or potential volunteer, or not!

Booking essential as places are limited: Email SWP Cultural Heritage Officer, Dr Catherine Parker Heath, or call on 01629 816279 or 07970 237129    

About the walk:

Start at Gradbach Car Park NGR: SJ9990566215 at 10:30am

Finish at Gradbach Car Park at 3:30pm (approx.)

Distance: about 4 miles, Terrain: fields, rough ground, 2 or 3 stiles, short section of road.

Bring a packed lunch, stout footwear and suitable clothing for the weather.

We will stop for elevenses and toilets (should you want them) at Gradbach Mill around 11:15am and can visit there again at the end of the walk.

You won't believe the number of forgotten industries lurking beneath your feet on this walk!

About our guides:

Margaret and Eric are two of our wonderful and well-informed volunteers. They have spent many years discovering and researching the lost heritage of the South West Peak, from surveying the lime kilns of the area to working on many a project with John Barnatt who, before his retirement, was Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park. Eric has also written a book on the area (Wood, E. 2007 The South West Peak: History of the Landscape, Ashbourne: Landmark Publishing), so they certainly know their stuff! They are also charming and approachable guides, who welcome discussion and questions, but can’t promise to have all the answers!