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Above the road which exits the Park to Ashbourne rd/A38 island, look to the left and a brick enclosure is against the old wall.  Walk up toward this, keeping the wall on your left.  There is a path to the right.

Between the wall and your path a rough channel appears gradually increasing as you go.  Continue along the path and the rough opens to become a hollow way, eventually itself being fully inside the wall, after which it turns away to exit over the Ashbourne road.  [Ashbourne rd is a fairly deep cutting.]

This could just be the excavation caused by the road cutting.  On checking Kevin’s map against the OS, we can show it is the old road.  It has been partially filled in one place, this may be due to soil surplus dump at a road widening or WWII training exercises on the Park, etc..

After the feature exits continue on and down into Hollow Way which enters from the Ashbourne road into the Park.

Bonnie Prince Charlie's Retreat 1.

Text page to go with the Markeaton Park Map on which the route is shown.  Just short of a mile can be followed on foot through the Park.

“Bonnie Prince Charlie's Retreat”, well probably but we’re open to advice on that.  This is again based on Kevin Archer’s map, Don Farnsworth and your’s truly spent the afternoon of 25/3/2011 walking the route, exchanging thoughts -this itinerary is based on that day.

The route can be rough, soggy to flooded, uneven and thorny, some care is needed.  Watch your footing, consider it a ‘ramble in wild country’ with some Road Safety issues.

Kevin’s redrawn map is based on original drawn in 1740 and used for the Enclosures in 1761, therefore it is the map of the day for the Jacobite Invasion in which Bonnie Prince Charlie reached Derby, 1745.

Armies tend to advance over a breadth of territory and retreat in closer formation or even in a single column.  The advance to Derby would be across a number of roads, so any other roads over the Park can be termed Bonnie Prince Charlie's Advance.

More interesting information in Don’s book:  ‘A history of Markeaton and Mackworth, from Mearca to Clark-Maxwell’ P83-86, ISBN 1 85983 503 1.  We are using only part of Kevin’s larger: ‘A Mapp of Mackworth & Marton’.