New Eastwood walking guide celebrates DH Lawrence country

A new book celebrating a world famous Eastwood author’s love for the countryside has been published by a local retired couple during lockdown.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:01 am
Author Martin Perry with a copy of his new book.

Martin and Chris Perry, who have lived in Watnall for 42 years, recently published their new walking book inspired by one of the most prominent and controversial authors of the 20th century – Eastwood’s DH Lawrence.

The book, entitled ‘DH Lawrence Country – 10 Circular Walks’, allows readers to explore the area in which the author grew up and compare the scenery to how it may have looked back when he was alive.

Martin Perry said: “We have lived in the area for more than 40 years and have rejoiced in watching what was an intense mining and industrial area restored to its former beauty.

“Lawrence was horrified by what mining and industry did to the land.

“But gone are the coal mines of Babbington, Watnall, Moorgreen, Hucknall and Brinsley, to be replaced by far reaching fields, woodland and spectacular scenery.

“And there are a myriad of country walks which we have enjoyed together for many years.”

The book includes ten of the couple’s favourite local walks and also visits locations that are pertinent to DH Lawrence’s books and his life.

Martin added: “The book concentrates on the beautiful countryside, the ‘country of his heart’. We’ve included a map of the whole area and the way it would have looked when DH Lawrence was alive.”

All of the circular walks are centred around famous landmarks referred to in Lawrence’s books, including Moorgreen Reservoir, Greasley Church, Felley Mill, Beauvale Priory and the old Brinsley Pit, which is now a nature reserve.

Martin said: “We like to imagine how Lawrence would feel if he accompanied us on these walks today.

“We think that if he came back now he would be absolutely delighted. And lockdown enhanced that, because when we first started mapping the walks in March last year there were no planes in the sky, there was no traffic or pollution. It was almost like returning to a bygone era – it was beautiful.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon now.

Martin added: “We are not being paid any royalties whatsoever. It’s something that we hold very dearly, these walks, and we just want to share them with as many people as possible.”​​​​​​​