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Belper's Lost Industries
Distance: 2.8 miles Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Price: 5.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)
This short circular walk around the historic mill town of Belper looks at the various lost industries of the town, and also the town's little-known secret contributions to victory in the Second World War.

It begins by the River Derwent and the cotton mills built by the Strutt family, including the worker's housing and the picturesque weir that helped to power the mills. Then comes the nail-making industry that pre-dated the arrival of the cotton mills, and stories of the hard-living men it employed right up until late Victorian times. The walk also looks at the many other industries which once provided employment for people of the town, including hosiery, confectionery, chemicals and engineering. Along the way, in addition to the Strutts, you will encounter a whole host of other famous names, all of whom were once major employers in the town, plus an unexpected surprise with a famous company better known for its association with the nearby city of Derby.

As Belper is located just 8 miles north of Derby, with excellent public transport links, this is an ideal way of passing the morning while holidaying in Derby. With the town's close association with the Strutt family, and their connections to the Arkwrights at Cromford, it is also an ideal companion to a booking with the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mill, and can be booked privately as an afternoon walk to follow on from a morning visit to Cromford. Or, if you're just looking for interesting things to do in Belper, this is a great way to pass a couple of hours.

Distance: 2.8 miles.
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Duration (approx): 2 to 2.5 hours.
Start point: The Triangle (junction of A6 Bridge Street and A517 Bridgefoot),
Start time: 10:00am .
1.30pm (Tuesdays only).

End point: The Triangle (junction of A6 Bridge Street and A517 Bridgefoot),
Dates available: July 2nd, 11th, 16th, 25th.
August 8th, 13th, 22nd.
September 5th, 10th, 19th, 24th.
October 3rd, 8th, 17th, 22nd, 31st.
November 5th, 14th, 19th, 25th, 29th.
December 3rd, 7th, 11th, 15th, 19th.
January 2020 onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings for this walk are also available - see here for details.

When is this walk available?

This walk is available all year round as a scheduled walk, with a choice of two different start times on Tuesdays. It is also available year-round as a private booking on a date of your choice via a Personal Walking Guide, or any scheduled walk may be upgraded to a private booking (subject to conditions - see below). The only times this walk is not available is during our Christmas and New Year break, staff holiday periods, or when we are unable to take any bookings due to other commitments such as media work.

This walk can be booked privately via a Personal Walking Guide on most days of the week, apart from some Saturdays and some Sundays. For Personal Walking Guide bookings or upgrades of scheduled walks to private bookings, we are able to offer a range of different start times from 9:00am to early evening on most days. The only limits on the available start times are that we do not recommend a start time later than 3:00pm except for the period from the beginning of May to the end of September, when we can accept start times up to 6:00pm.


The following prices apply for this walk:

Ticket Price Deposit
(Included in overall price)
Private Upgrade Cost
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
5.00 per person 2.00 per person 10.00 per group
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(9 or more people in group)
4.00 per person 2.00 per person
Family Ticket - 1 adult plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
11.00 per ticket 2.75 per ticket
Family Ticket - 2 adults plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
14.00 per ticket 3.50 per ticket
Personal Walking Guide
(group of up to 4 people)
40.00 per group 6.00 per group N/A
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 5 to 10 people)
60.00 per group 9.00 per group
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 11 to 20 people)
90.00 per group 13.50 per group

For more information on how to book places on this walk, and on private upgrades and private group bookings via a Personal Walking Guide, please see here. If you have any questions about the cost of this walk, please contact us via email at

Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Full details of how to get to and from the walk will be included in the walk information sheet you will be sent along with your booking confirmation, but detailed information on the various public transport options is also available on our travel information page, which we try to keep as up to date as possible.

As a major town in the county, Belper is well-served by public transport. East Midlands Trains runs hourly services between Derby and Matlock, calling at Belper in each direction. These connect with long-distance services at Derby, providing links with Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and many other cities around the UK. Belper Railway Station is located in the centre of the town, around half a mile from the start point of the walk at The Triangle.

Trent Barton Buses also runs regular services between Derby and Belper, with the popular "Sixes" services running every 15 minutes from Derby Bus Station along the A6. While the 6.1 service to Bakewell drops off at Belper Bus Station on Chapel Street, the other services (the 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4) all drop off in the main shopping area of King Street. Both of these are also around half a mile from the start point of the walk. The final "Sixes" service, the 6.X, goes via the A38 rather than the A6, and also drops off at Belper Bus Station. In addition to the Trent Barton services, High Peak Buses also runs the express "Transpeak" service linking Derby and Buxton. This runs hourly between Derby Bus Station and Buxton, and calls at Belper as it passes through the town. For this walk, we recommend that you get off the bus at the stop by Belper Fire Station, as this is just a minute's walk from the start point of the walk.

If arriving by car, there is limited "pay-and-display" parking available close to The Triangle at Belper River Gardens. A much larger "pay-and-display" car park is available off Field Lane, next to Belper Railway Station, while a free car park is located at the end of Derwent Street just off the A6, again around half a mile from the start of the walk. If using a sat-nav, the postcode for the Triangle and River Gardens is DE56 1BJ, for Field Lane car park it is DE56 1DE, and for Derwent Street car park, DE56 1UQ.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

As this is essentially a short urban walk, you won't need full walking gear. However, there are a few places where the going underfoot is a bit rough and possibly muddy, so stout waterproof shoes are advisable. There is also very little shelter on much of the walk, so be sure to bring either waterproofs or an umbrella if rain has been forecast. In warm weather, you may also want to bring a small bottle of water.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Not really, as most of the walk is along public roads and paved footpaths. There are a few places where the going underfoot is a bit rough, such as the cobbled road surface of Long Row, or the poorly-maintained roads of The Clusters. While these may be a little uncomfortable for wheelchair users and others of limited mobility, there is nowhere on the route that poses an actual obstacle, and it is all fully accessible to the great majority of wheelchair users and others of limited mobility. If you have any concerns at all about accessibility, please contact us before booking in order to discuss your exact requirements.

Is this walk suitable for dogs?

As an urban walk, there is a lot going on in the area which your dog may find distracting. However, there is nothing to stop you bringing your dog if you think it can be well enough behaved. If you would like to bring your dog with you, we do ask that you inform us at the time of booking. We also ask that, due to the traffic and large number of people likely to be encountered, and the possibility of meeting other dogs, you keep your dog under close control on a short non-extendible lead at all times and do not allow it to run free under any circumstances.


Scheduled Walks

You can book and pay for places on all of our scheduled walks online via PayPal. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

The cost of this walk is 5.00 per person, including a 2.00 per person non-refundable deposit. The normal maximum group size for this walk is 8 people, but we can accommodate groups of up to 20 people if required, and offer a discounted rate of 4.00 per person for larger groups of 9 or more. For bookings of more than 8 people, please e-mail us with details of your booking and we will send you a PayPal invoice or arrange other payment options as required.

We also have discounted family tickets available for this walk. These cost 11.00 for one adult and up to three children aged up to 15 years old, or 14.00 for two adults and up to three children aged up to 15 years old. These family tickets can be booked via PayPal below. Other discounted family rates can be quoted on request - please e-mail us for details. All family tickets include a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Bookings

If you wish to have the exclusive services of your guide, you may upgrade any scheduled walk to a private booking. Not only does this guarantee you the exclusive services of your guide, but it allows you to walk at your own pace without having to worry about others, and the walk may also be varied within reason to suit your own personal interests or abilities. Please note that we cannot upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking if we have already received other bookings for that walk.

The cost of upgrading a scheduled walk to a private booking is the same as for a scheduled walk, plus a private booking fee of 10.00 per group. For private group bookings of 9 or more, we offer a discounted rate of 4.00 per person, including a 2.00 per person non-refundable deposit, plus the 10.00 per group private booking fee. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking.

Personal Walking Guides

You can also make a private booking for this walk on dates other than those on which it is normally scheduled by booking a Personal Walking Guide. This allows you to do the walk when you want to, not when we have it scheduled. We have Personal Walking Gudes available most days, except for those listed as either "unavailable" or "unavailable for private bookings" on the calendar here. Please see the table below for the days of the week on which we are able to offer Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk.

Personal Walking Guide Availability - Belper's Lost Industries
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Most* Most* Most*
* = Please contact us for details of availability

The cost of a Personal Walking Guide for this walk is 40.00 per group for up to 4 people, 60.00 per group for 5 to 10 people, and 90.00 for larger groups up to 20 people. Please note that we cannot take a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk on the same morning as we are also running it as a scheduled walk, but may be able to take a booking for the afternoon as long as the start time is later than 1:30pm. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk.

When can I book this walk?

Bookings can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk (72 hours for Personal Walking Guides), but the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting the date you would like. We regret that we cannot accept bookings made less than 48 hours prior to the planned start time of the walk.

Please ensure before booking that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest booking news

  • Bookings are open for all dates listed, and close at 10:00am two days prior to the date of the walk.
  • This walk may be booked privately via a Personal Walking Guide on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from January 4th to December 20th 2019.
How to book

To book a scheduled walk, simply select the number of places you require from the drop-down list, enter the date you would like to book, and confirm that you accept the terms and conditions. If you have a credit or debit card, you don't even need a PayPal account in order to make your booking.

Once we have received your booking, we will e-mail your booking confirmation and other information you will need to the address you gave during the booking process. In order to allow sufficient time for us to process your booking, please book at least two days ahead of the date of the walk you wish to book.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact us via e-mail with details of the walk you would like to book and we will send you the necessary information. As booking in this way takes much longer than booking online, please book at least two weeks before the date of the walk to allow for postage times.

Private bookings

If you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking or book a Personal Walking Guide for this walk, please contact us to see if this is possible. You can find more information on private group bookings here, and information on Personal Walking Guides here.

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Important: Before booking, please make sure that the date you wish to book is not listed as already being fully booked in the "Latest booking news" section above.

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