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 old bridge over Drovers Way carried the gangroad into the private yard and dates back to the 1850s (wooden beams relatively modern). The surviving buildings around the yard include the Limeworks Manager’s house, stables and outbuildings. The original 1793 route crossed the old pack horse route just north of the surviving bridge.