Belper, Derbyshire Ale Trail

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jun 15

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Total distance about 11.5 km (7 miles) with 264 m (866 feet). Approximately 6 hours with three pub stops. Some paths over fields are uneven and may be boggy in wet conditions.

At about 11.5 km (7 miles) with 264 m (866 feet) of ascent this is more than a leisure walk but the main focus is real ales, cider or whatever you prefer to drink. 

We head from Belper railway station to the East Mill and over the River Derwent towards Blackbrook and Hazelwood along part of the Derbyshire Portway, an ancient trackway that runs for over 40 miles through the Peak District. There is a good view of the town from here.

We cross back over the Derwent at Milford to the Holly Bush Inn at Makeney: A Derby CAMRA Pub of the year in 2007, it’s described as ‘an increasingly rare breed of unspoilt inn, where time has stood still', hailed for its wide-ranging ales and legendary pork pies. In 2015, the Holly Bush was voted Pub of the Year in the Derby Telegraph.

Over fields we reach the nearby village of Holbrook to the Dead Poets Inn recently leased by the Brunswick Brewing Company of Derby, who re-modelled the beer garden. There are numerous cask ales, including Bass, Abbott ale from the jug, several guest ales, and many varieties of gins, rums, single malts, wines and other spirits, and traditional ciders, to suit all tastes! 

From Holbrook we head north across fields and tracks back to Belper and The Railway, a large town centre pub near the station, operated by Lincoln Green Brewery, offering eight cask and six keg ales. Bar meals are available until early evening with popular live music on some Saturdays and a loyalty card scheme on cask ales. 

Dogs are welcome but owners must ensure they are kept under control at all times.

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