Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Week in Wirksworth


Actually I only spent a couple of hours in the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth last week, but I came back with enough photos to feed a blog for a week.  So I’ll set the scene for the rest of the weeks posts.


Wirksworth is the 5th largest town in Derbyshire, that said it is a funky little place, that is literally riddled with it’s ancient history, with ginnels and passages linking the streets and alleys, time hasn’t passed it by, but nor has it defaced it, it has a lot of character . As you might be able to tell I have an affection for the place.

Road to London

It clings to the steep hillsides in a higgleldy piggledy sort of way that would have a modern town planner crying over his keyboard,


it’s never been planned, it’s only ever evolved (which reminds me that Charles Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin and his mates used to hang out around here, regular readers might remember we’ve touched on my interest in the Lunar Society before.)

Wirksworth 1

So more posts to follow, the church, the shops, people and places. Watch this space.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “A Week in Wirksworth

  1. What an interesting looking town! I especially like that first photo which has a real timeless feel to it. xx

  2. Its a cracking place and a cyclist’s mecca.
    Ive ridden up that hill in the picture and yes its tough.
    Its a lovely town and once again a much better option than the more popular Matlock or Bakewell.
    Quarrying has always been a very big employer there as well.

  3. Ooo. I want to go there. Maybe I want to live there. And so green! It looks like summer has arrived. BTW, What are the top 4 towns in Derbyshire? 🙂 Kidding. I just found that an interesting statistic.

  4. Your affection for the town shines through ~ looks so inviting. I’d love to have a poke around the place, so I’ll put it on my list! Having been born in England, I have a yen to go back, especially when I see photos like your first one. I feel like I could walk for miles there! I do live in a very scenic part of the world, but among other things, I miss the dry stone walls, countryside, and history of England. Look forward to seeing more photos of the area 🙂

  5. Siiiiiigh – what a lovely place!

  6. Hi..have just found your site and really like it especially the Derbyshire views. I was born in Derbyshire but left as a child. I’m sure that my time in Derbyshire is what made me into the nature lover that I am today. I will look forward to more photos.

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  8. i’ve read them all back to front but love every single one, especially the photos!

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