Events Well Dressing Walk
The idea of a long walk associated with the Well Dressing festival was conceived by Keith Gregson. In 1989 Keith, accompanied by his son Michael, David Whittaker and Mick Collier completed a 33 mile, mainly rural, circuit around the perimeter of Derby on the Saturday before the Well Dressing weekend.
The following year, the enterprise assumed the format which has continued since, with a chartered coach leaving Aston at 7.30 am and dropping walkers at the starting point to make their way back to Aston. On that occasion, the destination was Tissington, chosen as being a traditional home of Well Dressing, and 25 or so people returned the 30 miles to Aston, on the hottest day of the year, via the Tissington Trail, Ashbourne, the Bonnie Prince Charlie Way, Findern and Weston.
The following year, 2000, the walk commenced in Wirksworth, utilising a considerable length of the Midshires Way on the trek back to Aston.
In 2001, organisation of the walk passed to Robin Sedgwick. Foot and Mouth and footpath closures saw his intended route from Leicestershire cancelled, but as the footpaths nearest to Derby began to open up, a repeat of 1998’s Derby circuit was possible.
2002 and 2003 saw a slight reduction in the walk’s length to around 25 miles to try and widen it’s appeal. Both years used the Ivanhoe Way, 2002 using the Western half, finishing via Ticknall and Swarkestone, 2003 used the Eastern half, returning home via Melbourne and King’s Newton.