A to Z of Derbyshire: Letter ‘F’
PUBLISHED: 14:51 31 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:51 31 July 2014
Gary Wallis travels the county from Foremark to Fernilee
The name Froggatt is thought to derive from ‘Frogga, Cot’ – Frog Cottage – and refers to its damp situation on the east bank of the Derwent, and with a vast number of springs rising above it on the hillside. The village includes a picturesque bridge that spans the River Derwent. Built in the 17th century the structure is unusual in that it has two arches which are of different shapes and sizes.
This popular edge forms a section of the dramatic Millstone Grit ridge which runs northwards for about 15 miles above the Derwent Valley. Froggatt Edge runs continuously with its neighbour, Curbar Edge, for about two miles and is named after the village settled in the wooded valley beneath it. The edge affords spectacular views whilst walking along its crest and is also a favourite with climbers. A distinctive feature particularly popular with climbers is the 55ft high, square, gritstone tower known as The Pinnacle.
Fair Brook, Kinder Scout
Cascading down from over 2,000ft (610m), Fair Brook joins the River Ashop in the Woodlands Valley just below the Snake Pass Inn. The path, which runs adjacent to the stream, is a picturesque and hugely enjoyable route to gain the northern edge of Kinder Scout. Once the plateau is attained a short walk north brings you to Fairbrook Naze, or Nose as it is sometimes called, a dramatic rocky escarpment which reaches a height of 2,049ft (625m).
Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley
Fernilee was the first of the two reservoirs built in the Goyt Valley, which is located approximately two miles west of Buxton. With slightly more capacity than its southerly neighbour, Errwood Reservoir, the two lakes provide drinking water to Stockport and its surrounding area. Built in 1938 by the Stockport Water Corporation, the reservoir reaches a maximum depth of 126ft. A footpath runs around the complete perimeter of the reservoir and makes for a pleasant three mile walk.
Situated between Repton and Ticknall in the heart of the National Forest, the reservoir is a popular recreational area with sailing, fishing, walking and, for nature lovers, some 200 species of birds and 27 varieties of butterflies. Built in the early 1970s the lake has an area of some 230 acres and supplies water to the treatment works at Melbourne.
Forest Chapel, Macclesfield Forest
Located in a beautiful but isolated position in the civil parish of Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough in Cheshire the chapel lies some 4.5 miles east of Macclesfield. Originally constructed in 1673 the house of worship was almost completely rebuilt in 1834 and is now a designated Grade II listed building. The spot is a perfect place to relax for a while when enjoying one of the many walks in the Macclesfield Forest area.
This small village can be said to be typical of upland Derbyshire. Stone-built and self-contained, it can have changed little over the centuries. Three wells remind one of its past and there is a bull ring still to be seen near the village cross. St Hugh’s is a small church with an arched entrance and a single bell tower.
This village is situated just off the Derby to Burton upon Trent road, about eight miles from Derby. The Church of All Saints, built in 1863, lies behind a traditional village green and contains the tympanum from the original Norman building. There is no trace of Finderne Great House where Isabella Finderne lived 500 years ago. More recent noted residents include Jedidiah Strutt, c.1740, Derby County player Ben Spilsbury in the 19th century, and in the 20th century, motor racing driver Reg Parnell.
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