World War One commemorative walks
Using a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to mark the centenary of the First World War in South Derbyshire, a series of walks have been put together looking at the social, economic and cultural impact of the conflict.
‘Echoes of Heroes’ is a pleasant urban walk linking two parks and reveals evidence of changes to Swadlincote’s landscape in the post war years, especially in the development of two memorial parks: Eureka Park and Maurice Lea Memorial Park. Each park also has a commemorative history trail containing more information about the reasons why each park was given to local people as a memorial to the First World War.
- Swadlincote Memorial Walk - Echoes of Heroes (pdf, 1.1mb)
- Footsteps around the park - Eureka Park's past (pdf, 1.5mb)
- Maurice Lea Park - Poppy Trail (pdf, 6mb)
'Lullington - The Home Front' is a short walk around the village looking at social and economic changes following the war.
- Lullington - WW1 Memorial Walk (pdf, 5.5mb)
A commemorative walk around Bretby is the longest in the series and includes fascinating social and cultural information, including a link to the discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun.
- Mills, Mines and Murder a Bretby Estate Walk (pdf, 2.9mb)
Printed walk leaflets are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Swadlincote.