The North Derbyshire village of Barlow is geographically situated in a lightly wooded rural landscape of undulating rich meadows and rolling pastures, about four miles north west of Chesterfield along the B6051, and a similar distance due south of the county boundary with Yorkshire.
The approach from the south takes the main road through Newbold village, and once beyond the Cutthorpe - Whittington cross-roads this becomes the epitome of G.K.Chesterton's `Rolling English road'. But though it will not take you `to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head' - it will take you along a rolling, twisting lane of high, thick hedges, and through a mile and a half of delightful countryside all the way to Barlow.
Geologically the village sits on the extreme western edge of the coal measures, and though the visitor will find no trace of this bygone local industry, the mining of coal has played a major role in it's social history and has helped shape the village of today.
Indeed it was probably Anglo-Saxon farmers who first cultivated land hereabouts, but after the Norman Conquest, Barlow (or Barley) was held first by Hascoit Muscaard from Honfleur, and then after 1086 by Richard d'Abitot of Worcester who married Muscaard's daughter.
It was probably Richard d'Abitot or an immediate descendant who supervised the building of the Norman church of St. Lawrence in 1142, and about the same time built Barlow Hall to the east of the church in the Sud Valley.
The Peacock stands proudly on the crown of the hill leading up from Brookside into the oldest part of the village. This popular old coaching inn has excellent modern en-suite facilities and is ably run these days by landlord David Burgess from New Zealand and partner Paula, a native of Barlow.
North of the restored pinfold is Bole Hill, Barlow's only officially designated `ancient monument', and the highest point in the village.
Hackney House Antiques and the delightful adjacent tea-rooms, plus Old Vicarage Interiors form an enterprising conglomeration of retail establishments on Hackney Lane at the bottom of Wilkin Hill between the Peacock and the church.
Previous generations will recall bygone days when petrol pumps stood here alongside the garage and village shop - and tea and refreshments were dispensed to travelling wayfarers from a primitive wooden hut.
The Trout Inn on a bend at the bottom of Valley Road is the third of Barlow's hostelries and is known for it's excellent cuisine.
The northern end of the village is equally as pretty with the road twisting gently up the shallow dale towards the beautiful Cordwell Valley, passing Rex Ward's Mill Farm with it's holiday cottages and the three lakes of his Barlow Trout Fisheries along the way.
WE AT DERBYSHIREDUBS HAVE PUT TOGETHER A CLUB CAMP ON NOV 4TH FIREWORKS NIGHT.
55 VAN PLOTS SO ONLY A SMALL VENUE BUT LOVELY COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS WITH THE BARLOW VILLAGE HALL NEXT TO THE FIELDS.
THE HALL IS BOOKED FOR ENTERTAINMENT IN THE EVENING WITH LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC PLAYING.
ON OFFER WILL BE A BBQ ON SITE AND JACKET POTATOES & HOT AND COLD DRINKS.
WE ARE ALSO PUTTING ON A FIREWORK DISPLAY FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT IN THE FARMERS FIELDS SO IDEAL FOR THE FAMILY.
SCHEDULE OF THE EVENING
CAMPING OPENS 4.30PM SAT 4TH NOV
FIREWORKS DISPLAY 6-7PM
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC STARTS IN THE HALL 7.30-11.30PM
FOOD OPENS 5PM
EVENT CLOSES 12 MIDNIGHT
BBQ RUN BUY DERBYSHIREDUBS OFFERING THE BARLOW BUS BURGER & LARGE BARLOW BUS SAUSAGE.
IN THE HALL WE HAVE HOT DRINKS,TEA ,COFFEE,HOT CHOCOLATE, JACKET POTATOES WITH DIFFERENT FILLINGS,CRISPS, AND SNACKS FOR THE KIDS
TOFFEE APPLES AND BONFIRE TOFFEE
ALCOHOL IS NOT FOR SALE BUT YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN BUT NO GLASS BOTTLES JUST CANS PLEASE OR WINE PUT IN TO PLASTIC BOTTLES
FIREWORKS SUPPLIED AND ORGANISED BY RYAN THOMAS, HE HAS DONE THESE KIND OF DISPLAYS BEFORE AND LOVES BIG BANGS.
THE LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC IN BEING RUN BY AMY J WHO PLAYED AT DRONFEST 2017
OUR VERY OWN ELLA LOUISE IS BACK WITH US WHO PERFORMED AT THE 2017 DERBYSHIREDUBS SHOW
CAMPING WILL BE VERY LIMITED SO BOOK YOUR TICKETS FAST.
ONLY 55 VAN PLOTS SO ONLY A SMALL VENUE.
THE PLOT WILL BE BIG ENOUGH FOR A VAN WITH SMALL TENT AT BEST NO AWNINGS.
NO CARAVANS WITH CARS UNLESS YOU BUY 2 PLOTS.
YOU CAN CAMP WITH A CAR AND TENT NEXT TO IT THAT IS NOT A PROBLEM
THE PLOT IS £30 THAT COULD HAVE 1 PERSON IN IT OR A FAMILY OF 4 SO £30 FOR A FAMILY OF 4 FOR A GREAT EVENING OF FUN FILLED ENTERTAINMENT AIN'T BAD AT ALL
NO GLASS BOTTLES
NO SMOKING IN THE HALL
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU OWN BELONGINGS AND AS THIS IS LOCAL WITH HOUSING NOT TO FAR AWAY PLEASE STICK TO THE 12 MIDNIGHT ALL SILENT.
GOOD BEHAVIOR ON CAMP AND KEEP LITTER AND RUBBISH IN THE BIG BINS ALLOCATED
FIRE SAFTY WILL BE BUT IN PLACE
TOILETS IN THE HALL 6-12 MIDNIGHT
PORTABLE TOILETS ON SITE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
SAT NAV - S18 7TA
BOOK YOUR CAMPING PLOT!