AN autumnal walk through parts of South Derbyshire has been named as one of the top 20 in the UK.
Falling leaves, miles of greenery and hidden delights in and around Ticknall were praised as part of a comprehensive look at the best autumn walks in The Times newspaper.
Coming in at number 11 in the country was Ticknall and the National Forest, as part of a special feature that also included affluent areas such as Alderley Edge, in Cheshire.
The South Derbyshire walk picked out for praise starts at Ticknall Village Hall car park and takes in areas such as Foremark Reservoir, Bendall’s Farm and Smith’s Gorse. It is around seven miles long.
Christopher Somerville, who compiled the list, said: “This is a wonderful walk to do in autumn because it winds among the colourful berries and turning leaves of the young plantations of the National Forest.
“You pass Foremark Reservoir’s big sheet of open water (big flocks of tufted duck, wigeon and pochard) and the grit stone cliffs of Carver’s Rocks, and finish along the toytown tunnels of the former Ticknall Tramway.”
Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, spoke with pride after learning of the area’s inclusion on the list.
He said: “The National Forest is creating a unique identity for the area that people want to come and explore further.
“This is promoting greater economic wellbeing and healthier, even more prosperous places to live, work and visit.
“With the fantastic, varied walks available in Ticknall and the surrounding areas it is no surprise that it has become one of England’s gems. It is fitting that it falls into the wonderful setting of South Derbyshire.”
More information on walks in the area is available by heading online to www.south-derbys.gov.uk/ or visiting www.nationalforest.org