Walks and Walking around Shottle

The whole area around Shottle and the Ecclesbourne Valley (or indeed all  of the Derbyshire Dales) is crisscrossed with footpaths – a walkers  paradise. Perfect for those wanting peace, relaxation and an escape from the  stresses and strains of modern living. Guests can choose to take the car,  drive to one of the famous beauty spots, and wonder at the likes of Dovedale and  Lathkill Dale, both within easy reach. Or, alternatively, leave the car  parked at Dannah, walk the local  footpaths, take in the stunning scenery and not see another person all day!  (Except, of course, when you stop for the all important refreshment at one of  the pubs along the way)!

We have a large number of suggestions for walks and also local maps of the  area which guests are most welcome to borrow, as well as binoculars, and books  on the flora and fauna you may see on your walk.

Dog-Walk

Shottle is situated at the  southern end of The Peak District and sits on a gritstone plateau above the  limestone shales of the Ecclesbourne valley.  It is this  Derbyshire gritstone combined with an altitude of seven hundred and fifty feet  above sea level that shapes the character of Shottle, from mellow stone walls  and picturesque barns to acid soils and heathland type vegetation such as  gorse and bilberry.

The numerous large soltary oak trees that dot the landscape  are remnants of a medievel  royal hunting forest, Duffield Frith, that  stretched from Duffield in the south, Hulland in the west, Belper in the east  and Alderwasley in the North, with Shottle just about in the middle.

There are many springs upwelling around the farm  and this makes it a perfect habitat for breeding birds including lapwing,  curlew, snipe, partridge, skylark, yellow hammer and meadow pitpit.  Birds  of prey are also in abundance including buzzard, kestrel, tawny owl, little owl  and barn owl.  In the early morning you may catch a glimps of fox cubs or a  hare.  At night you will often come across a badger ambling up the  lane.

The lack of light pollution makes for some  stunning stargazing on clear nights, and our long views towards Nottinghamshire  provide us with some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

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A walk round the pretty lanes will reveal an  abundance of wild flowers, hedge banks filled with cowparsley, campion and  vetches, the meadows studded with buttercups and clover, scarlet poppies vivid  along the margins of the crops and the woods filled with fragrant bluebells. A  walk in the winter months can provide fresh crisp air and some stunning  scenery.

Red-Sunset

We have recently designed a collection of  circular walks that start and finish at Dannah, ideal if you dont  feel like driving. The walks range from a quick stroll round the  lanes of Shottle to tougher cross county trecks further afield across the  hills and meadows to Alderwasley or Blackbrook.  All have brief  accompanying notes indicating bird life or wild plants you may see on the  way.

Printed copies of the notes and maps for all of the walks are available from  the farm for guests to use as they please. Ordinance survey maps are also  available for use during your stay.