Peak into the past - Festival of British Archaeology walk

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Wednesday 8 July 2009

08 July 2009

Peak into the past - Festival of British Archaeology walk

Pilsbury Castle remains
Families and history-lovers can discover just what the Normans did for us on a walk to the remains of Pilsbury Castle in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

The walk, entitled “1066 and all that,” is on Tuesday July 28, 10am-4pm – part of the nationwide Festival of British Archaeology (July 18-Aug 2).

Covering 3½ miles from Hartington to Pilsbury, it is an easy-going walk suitable for adults and children, who can experience medieval life, don medieval costume, sample medieval food, meet an Anglo-Saxon and construct a model of Pilsbury Castle from clay.

National Park senior survey archaeologist John Barnatt will separate fact from fiction, providing a guided tour of the 11th-century Pilsbury Castle earthwork - probably the best example of a motte and bailey fortress in Derbyshire.

Booking is essential on 01298 84992, and there is a £2 charge for transport back to Hartington. The walk includes some high stiles, and walkers should bring a packed lunch and sturdy shoes.

A second Festival of British Archaeology event in the national park is already fully-booked, but people can join a waiting list. It is “From Ducal Splendour to Quarrymen’s Delves” on July 31, 10.30am-4pm. John Barnatt will lead an exploration of Chatsworth Park’s historic remains, from ancient oaks to an ice pond, old turnpikes and quarries. Call 01629 816200.

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Both events are also part of National Parks Week - July 27-Aug 2. Other events with historic connections include a Family Day in the Goyt Valley on Wed July 29, 11am-4pm (taking in the ruins of Errwood Hall) and an evening walk called “Burial Chambers, Brilliant Views and a Setting Sun,” (Wed July 29, 7.30pm from Minninglow car park, near Pikehall on the A5012 - bring a torch).

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