Derby

March 12, 2009

Derby

The soggy Trent basin drains the Midlands.
Owen Glendower fretted over land due to the
course of the Trent changing:
‘from Burton here,
the smug and silver Trent shall run
In a new channel;
It shall not wind with such a deep indent, ‘
Act 3. Scene I
King Henry IV Part 1 – by William Shakespeare.

From Derby station follow the Osmaston Road to Swarkstone and cross the antique Swarkstone bridge (hundreds of low level arches) across the flood plain of the river Soure via Stanton on bridge to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Follow the canal via old track and road to Burton. Follow the old railway line to Breedon on the Hill.
Derby is a rail town. Only Sheffield and Loughborough are more awful than Derby. Follow abandoned Derby canal to Long Eaton. Follow the Derwent from Derby to Breaston. The town seems superficially divided and on one estate off the canal in the south nearly everyone is Asian.
Swadlingcote is central in a fragmented post industrial landscape. Occasionally there are views right across south Derbyshire. Ashby-de-la-Zouch is isolated without a railway station. It is typical of the great boundary towns between farming and industry like Melton Mowbray, Peterborough and Sleeford. Burton is a dark linear town with few civic buildings and a small town green. Burton is a good place to end your journey, crossing south Derbyshire from Ashby-de-la-Zouch or Uttoxeter.

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