Belper and Alport Height in the White Peak

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 09

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Distance 18 km (11 miles). Total ascent 415 m (1362 feet). Approximately 6.5 hours. Some paths/fields are uneven and may be boggy in wet conditions.

This walk offers a spectacular panoramic view of the White Peak District area from Alport Height in summertime, and a well deserved pub stop on the way back to Belper.

Belper is located about 11 km (7 miles) north of Derby on the River Derwent. It was originally a centre for the nail-making industry since Medieval times, but expanded during the early Industrial Revolution to become one of the first textile mill towns. Belper North Mill is one of the oldest surviving examples of an iron-framed 'fire-proof' building in the world. The larger East Mill, built in 1912, was in production until 1983. The area is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

We will have lunch at Alport Height, a popular picnic site in the care of the National Trust. It is possible to see Derby city centre from the summit, as well as The Wrekin, the Long Mynd, and Clee Hill, the Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield masts, the Birmingham city centre skyline, and the Lickey Hills just beyond Birmingham. The Pye Green BT Tower on Cannock Chase can also be seen. There are eight radio masts and associated buildings in a compound on the summit (not on Trust land). Alport Stone is a conspicuous pillar of quarried gritstone near its summit. 

On our way back to Belper, we will visit the Bull's Head pub at Belper Lane End for a drink, and food, if you wish. 

Before or after the walk you may wish to visit the River Gardens in Belper: beautiful gardens that include shrubberies and colourful flowerbeds together with a central bandstand.

Total distance 18 km (11 miles). Total ascent 415 m (1362 feet). Approximately 6.5 hours.


Well behaved dogs are welcome but owners must ensure dogs are kept under control at all times. The pub is dog friendly.

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