Read on to find out how we’re raising money for Derbyshire LGBT+

We’re still getting used to having Sunday as a day off. One of the nicest things about a free Sunday is that it allows us to join in with lots of things that we missed out on before. On Sunday the 4th of September 2022 we joined friends for the Third Annual Edward Carpenter Walk.  Learning about this unique person was incredible and a great way to raise money and awareness for the Derbyshire LGBT+ Centre.

Third Annual Edward Carpenter Walk

Meeting up at Carpenter House

Who was Edward Carpenter?

An author, poet and gay rights trailblazer, Edward lived in Millthorpe, Derbyshire with his partner, George Merrill.  In the Victorian and Edwardian era much of gay London was fleeing for its own safety to Paris. Oscar Wilde was jailed and radical Edward Carpenter was leading an open life in Derbyshire as a gay man .

About the walk…

We met at Carpenter House in Millthorpe and Heathcliff was very pleased to see Sparkly the Husky (he’s got a bit of a crush).  We walked across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside through Rumbling Street, Wilday Green and Cutthorpe to Chesterfield where Edward Carpenter used to sell fruit and vegetables. There were twelve of us altogether and it was lovely to chat as we walked.

Proudly carrying the Derbyshire Flag

Proudly carrying the                          Derbyshire Flag

The walk is part of the ongoing project to bring back to life the story of Edward Carpenter and next year the campaigners plan to reintroduce rare Lord Suffield apple trees to the area.  Edward Carpenter grew these particular apples on his smallholding in Millthorpe.

the picture shows a group of people carrying rainbow flags standing and crouched in woodland

Kind weather makes for good walking


We ended the walk with tea and cake at the Derbyshire LGBT+ centre in Chesterfield.  The centre do excellent work in supporting the LGBT+ 🏳️‍🌈 community in Derbyshire and it was a pleasure to help raise money for such an important cause.  You can find out more about the centre here.  They offer support, advice and training in friendly environment.

You can follow the centre on Facebook here

I hope you enjoyed reading about our Sunday adventure.  You can find more from us on our YouTube Channel watch now

Keep Sparkling!

Laura Jo xx


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