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Our Top Walks Around Belper Derbyshire

Our Top Walks Around Belper Derbyshire

As the weather improves, now is a great time to get your hiking boots on. Derbyshire is home to the picturesque Peak District National Park. As a renowned hotel based in Belper, we are fond of the other beautiful walking trails right on our doorstep. There are many walks to choose from, from relaxing strolls to challenging hikes. Here is a list of our top 3 walking routes around Belper that you need to explore. 

1) Derwent Valley Heritage Way

Discover the beauty of Derbyshire’s River Derwent by embarking on the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. This 55-mile route starts at Heatherdene on the banks of Ladybower Reservoir and follows the River Derwent through the Peak District National Park, Chatsworth, Matlock Bath and Belper until the River Derwent joins the River Trent near Shardlow. Walkers will be glad to know that the entire route is well-marked in both directions. There are plenty of hotels, campsites, restaurants and bars along the way. This route is dog-friendly and is suitable for experienced walkers. 

2) Crich, Whatstandwell and Duke’s Quarries Loop

The Crich, Whatstandwell and Duke Quarries Loop is a popular route for walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists. It is approximately 6.6 miles long. Start in the village of Crich, less than a 15-minute drive from Belper. Head along the Cromford Canal Towpath near Whatsandwell and walk through Oxhay Woods. Next, head towards Duke’s Quarries until you reach Crich Stand and Crich Memorial Tower. Take in the beautiful views along the way before returning to Crich village. This route has a mixture of off-the-beaten, uphill and flat paths.

3) The Birches and Shining Cliff Woods

If you’re looking for an easier option, try The Birches and Shining Cliff Woods Walk. Park your car at Holly Lane car park near Ambergate (a 10-minute drive from Belper) and begin your walk at the Woodland Trust The Birches. Make your way through the Shining Cliff Woods. On this route, you will pass through stunning woodland and stumble across the Betty Kenny’s Tree – a 2,000-year-old yew tree which inspired the ‘Rock-A-Bye-Baby’ nursery rhythm. This route is suitable for all levels of fitness. 

Book a Table or Overnight Stay at Bepler’s Lion Hotel

Before you embark on one of our top walking routes, make sure to start or end it with a hearty pub meal. If you are passing through Belper, stop by The Lion Hotel. A firm favourite destination with walkers from near and far. We are located in the centre of Belper town and less than a 10-minute walk from Derwent Valley Mills and Belper River Gardens. Our gastro menu is open every day from noon to 9 pm for authentic stone-baked pizzas, traditional British cuisine and specials. To secure a table in our restaurant, fill out our reservation form. We also offer dog-friendly dining for your four-legged companions.

If you wish to stay in Belper during your walking holiday, you can book one of our stylish en-suite bedrooms. We offer competitive rates with free WiFi and a continental breakfast included. Cooked breakfasts are available for an additional fee. To book your overnight stay at The Lion Hotel, please call us directly or submit an online enquiry and we will be in touch with you. For more information on walking routes around Belper, a member of our team will be happy to point you in the right direction. 

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