GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Around Belper

12 miles (19.5 km)

This long circular walk makes use of two of the waymarked long distance trails running through the countryside surrounding the Derbyshire town of Belper. There's much to enjoy with waterside paths along the River Derwent and the Cromford Canal. There's also woodland trails and some moderate hills climbs with great views over the Peak District and the Amber Valley.
Belper forms part of the Derwent Valley MillsWorld Heritage Site. The modern factory, or 'mill',systemwas born here in the 18th century to accommodate the new technology for spinning cotton developed byRichard Arkwright.
This walk starts on Belper Bridge, just to the north of the train station, where there are nice views of the Belper Mills. Here you pick up the Derwent Valley Heritage Way and follow the trail north to Ambergate, passing the pretty Wyver Lane Pool on the way. You then follow the Cromford Canal past Shining Cliff Woods to Crich Carr, where you turn west until you come to the Midshires Way. Follow the trail south through Blackbrook to Farnah Green, where you turn east to head back to the river and the town. You'll pass the delightful Belper Riverside Gardens which have been offering visitors a tranquil setting to view the River Derwent for over 100 years.
To extend your walk you could continue south along the Midshires Way towards Duffield and Derby. In this area you can visit Allestree Park and Kedleston Hall.
A few miles to the west is the splendid Carsington Water where there are some great waterside walking and cycling trails to try.

Around Belper OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Around Belper Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Belper is located near to the village of Crich which is well worth a small detour from the route. This pretty village is known as the location for the setting for theITVseriesPeak Practice and the excellent Crich Tramway Village. This fascinating museum contains over 60 trams built between 1873 and 1982 and is set within a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots. You could take a detour at the northern end of the route to visit the attraction.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


East Mill - - 356572

East Mill, Belper

Sluice Gates - - 356578

Sluice Gates

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Wyver Lane Nature Reserve

Rivers Derwent and Amber, Ambergate - - 129352

Rivers Derwent and Amber, Ambergate

Bluebells at Shining Cliff Woods - - 506139

Bluebells in Shining Cliff Woods

Cromford Canal - South of Whatstandwell - - 179263

Cromford Canal - South of Whatstandwell

St Margaret's Chapel - Alderwasley - - 212928

St Margaret's Chapel - Alderwasley

Farmland opposite Sandy Ford Farm Cattery - - 215945

Farmland opposite Sandy Ford Farm Cattery

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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