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Belper's Lost Industries

Distance: 2.8 miles
Price: £5.00 per person

(Group & family rates available)


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The East Mill and Horseshoe Weir


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 with the pioneering cotton mills built by the Strutt family at the very start of the Industrial Revolution, the construction of which made Belper the World's first mill town. Moving around the centre of the town, it also covers the nail-making industry that pre-dated the arrival of the cotton mills, plus the hosiery, confectionery, chemicals and engineering businesses that were once major employers in the town. In addition to the Strutts, you will also encounter a whole host of other well-known names, including a famous company better known for its association with the nearby city of Derby.



Duration (approx):
2 to 2.5 hours.
Start point:
The Triangle (junction of A6 Bridge Street and A517 Bridgefoot),
Belper,
Derbyshire.
Start time:
10:00am .
1.30pm (Tuesdays and Sundays only).
End point:
The Triangle (junction of A6 Bridge Street and A517 Bridgefoot),
Belper,
Derbyshire.
Dates available:
April 7th, 12th, 21st, 26th.
May 5th, 10th, 14th, 19th, 24th.
June 2nd, 7th, 16th, 21st, 30th.
July 5th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 28th.
August 2nd, 11th, 16th, 25th, 30th.
September 8th, 13th, 22nd, 27th.
October 6th, 11th, 20th, 23rd, 25th.
November 3rd, 8th, 17th, 22nd, 27th.
December 1st, 6th, 10th, 15th, 20th.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability and Coronavirus restrictions).







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 and Sundays. It is also available year-round as a private booking on a date of your choice via a Personal Walking Guide. For Personal Walking Guide bookings, we are usually able to offer a range of different start times from 9:00am to early evening on most days.



Is this walk Covid-secure?

At Derbyshire Heritage Walks we follow all current government and industry guidelines, and all of our guides have been fully vaccinated. Therefore you can be confident that this walk is as Covid-secure as we can possibly make it. Details of how we do this can be found here.



Prices.

The following prices apply for this walk:

Ticket
Price
Deposit
(Included in overall price)
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
£5.00 per person
£2.00 per person
Personal Walking Guide
(Group of up to 4)
£40.00 per group
£10.00 per group
Personal Walking Guide
(Group of 5 to 10)
£60.00 per group
£15.00 per group
Personal Walking Guide
(Group of 11 or more)
£90.00 per group
£22.50 per group

Discounted family tickets also available, giving cheaper prices for groups including children aged 15 and under. Please e-mail us for details.




Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by both car and public transport. If you do need to use public transport, the latest information on buses and trains to and from this walk can be found on our travel information page.

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. If using a sat-nav, the postcode for the Triangle and River Gardens is DE56 1BJ, and for Field Lane car park it is DE56 1DE.




Are there any disabled access issues?

Not really, as most of the walk is along public roads and paved footpaths, although there are a few places where the going underfoot is a bit rough. 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.



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.



Booking

You can book places on any of our scheduled walks via the PayPal button below. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

If you wish to make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk, please see our Personal Walking Guide booking page here.

Bookings for scheduled walks can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk, or up to 72 hours beforehand for Personal Walking Guides. We regret that we cannot accept bookings made less than 48 hours prior to the planned start time of the walk (72 hours for Personal Walking Guide bookings).

Please ensure before booking that the walk you require is not listed below as unavailable or fully booked, and 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.
  • We are now accepting Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from January 4th to December 20th 2022.



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