You are exploring part of the Butterley Gangroad, first built in 1793 to link local quarries with the Cromford Canal. It was one of the first railways in the East Midlands, and maybe the world, where a steam locomotive operated successfully.
The gangroad, when built in 1793, followed a stream from the original mine, then crossed Dimple Lane, possibly by means of an underbridge and then ran down the west side of the valley towards Fritchley on a sharply curving route. The gangroad was built by Benjamin Outram to link the initial limestone mine at Crich to the kilns and Amber Wharf at Bullbridge. The limestone from the mine was either burnt in the kilns at the wharf or taken by canal to the Butterley works at Ripley.