GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Alport Heights

1 miles (1.5 km)

This walk visits the splendid Alport Heights viewpoint near Belper and Wirskworth in Derbyshire.
The walk starts from the Alport Heights car park which you can find at postcode DE56 2DQ for your sat navs. It's located just a few miles south east of Wirksworth. From here you can pick up a circular trail taking you around the hill top. On the summit you will find a 20ft high pillar of gritstone known as the Alport Stone. There's excellent views towards the Peak District hills as well. It's a good spot for wildlife spotting too with Kestrels often seen hunting around the hill.
The Ecclesbourne Way runs just to the west of the hill, providing an opportunity for extending your walk. This long distance walking trail follows the route of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway from Duffield to Wirksworth. The route passes several of the stations on the route and offers fine views of the surrounding countryside as well.

Alport Heights Postcode

DE56 2DQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Alport Heights OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Alport Heights Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Head a couple of miles south of the hill and you could visit the noteworthy Bull Shed. The site includes the Shottle Farm Brewery and a pub located ona 60 acre working farm in the little village of Shottle. The farmhouse here dates back to 1793 with lots of animals to see such as Aberdeen Angus XShorthorn cows, goats, pigs and a herd of black cats. The associated pub includes several original features withexposed stone walls, a sloping concrete floor with cocks foot prints and massive steel beams holding up the grain floor. It's full of character and has a cosy fire for colder days. They do good home cooked food and have an excellent selection of ales from their own brewery. You can find them at a postcode of DE56 2DT for your sat navs.

The walk is a nice bracing one to do with your dog and the Bull Shed mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Head north into Wirksworth and there's some more good walking trails to try. You could enjoy a waterside stroll along the Cromford Canal and visit the historic Cromford Mill. There's also the Walk around Belper in the nearby town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks and Peak District Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Alport Heights - Leaving the Car Park - geograph.org.uk - 967850

Alport Heights. Leaving the Car Park.

Alport Heights - View of the Alport Stone - geograph.org.uk - 968635

The Alport Stone with the green fields of Derbyshire in the background

Spout Lane - View of Alport Heights - geograph.org.uk - 968643

View up to the masts on the Heights from Spout Lane

View from the engine house - geograph.org.uk - 1522315

View from the engine house. Looking over the Wirksworth valley to Alport Heights from Middleton Top engine house.

Sandyford Lane - geograph.org.uk - 968880

Sandyford Lane. Heading in the general direction of Alport Heights, this pony and trap takes advantage of one of the few sunny days of late summer in 2008.

Hilltop - geograph.org.uk - 265184

Two dogs on Hilltop. This location is known simply as Hilltop. In the background is a much higher hill top, namely the Heights with its numerous masts.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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