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Belper to Cromford via Alport Stone

This walk begins in the heart of the former historic mill town of Belper, before heading out of town for the gentle climb up to Alport Stone and the viewpoint at Alport Heights. From here, on a good day, the views to the south extend well beyond Derby. On exceptional days, it is possible to see as far as the Malvern Hills, some 70 miles distant. Leaving Alport Heights, the walk then follows narrow country lanes to the viewpoints at Barrel Edge and Black Rocks, before dropping down to finish in the historic mill village of Cromford, where the Industrial Revolution began.

Distance: 9.5 miles.
Time required: 4 to 5 hours.
Difficulty: Easy moderate A couple of steeper climbs and descents.
Map(s): OS Explorer 259 Derby, Uttoxeter, Ashbourne & Cheadle.
OS Explorer OL24 - The Peak District: White Peak Area.

If you are looking at making a day of your trip to the Belper area, why not combine this walk with one of our very popular guide-led walks? Each walk is led by an experienced local guide, and prices start at just 5.00 per person.
Belper's Lost Industries

This 2.8-mile walk around Belper looks at the various lost industries of the world's first cotton mill town. These include not just some of the earliest cotton mills, but also hosiery, confectionery, chemicals and engineering, including a surprising connection to one of the most famous aerospace companies in the world.

Price: 5.00 per person.
Belper's Wartime Secret

During the Second World War, Belper played an important but highly secret part in the British war effort which, if discovered, would have made the town a prime target for German bombing. This 3.5-mile walk tells the story of that secret, and the other little-known contributions that the town made to the eventual Allied victory.

Price: 5.00 per person.
See here for all of our scheduled guide-led walks, and here for all of our other walks available via a personal walking guide booking.

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