What's on at Strutt's North Mill

Sun 20 May 2018
The Deer Park Boundary
2.00pm
A chance to walk the one-mile boundary of Belper's ancient deer park, and discover its centuries-old story.

Start point: Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Adrian Farmer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Walking boots required.
Sun 27 May 2018
Pubs, Parks and Peculiarities
2.00pm
Looking at the sites of Belper's old hostelries, some long-gone and some still in use. Also the old parklands in the town, with some odd peculiarities of old Belper thrown in!

Start point: Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Christine Smith

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Walking boots required.
Sun 3 June 2018
Milford West and Makeney
2.00pm
A look at Milford's west side story, including Derbyshire's oldest school building still in use for its original purpose, then on to Makeney, once home to Belper's greatest benefactor.

Start point: The Mill House Pub Car Park (DE56 0QW). Leaders: Brian Deer and John Morrissey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Walking boots required. Walk will involve steep climbs and footpaths that may be slippery if wet.
Sun 10 June 2018
Windmills, Witches and Whitemoor
2.00pm
Find out about local life, industry and legends on this little-explored east side of Belper. Includes town and countryside paths.

Start point: Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Walking boots required.
Sun 17 June 2018
The Southern Border of the Duffield Frith
2.00pm
The Duffield Frith was a medieval forest of deer parks, tightly-controlled communities and ancient industries. Discover why the southern boundary followed a certain route, and how the landscape still helps us to perceive it.

Start point: Bell and Harp Car Park, Alfreton Road, Little Eaton (DE21 5AE). Leader: John Morrissey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 24 June 2018
Bridge Hill House and Grounds
2.00pm
A steep walk up Bridge Hill to look inside the Ice House, the only substantial surviving structure belonging to the Strutt's remarkable Belper mansion. Then a chance to discover what else has survived, hidden away, including the recently rediscovered remains of the Strutt Observatory.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Adrian Farmer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Some steep or challenging bits!

Sorry, no dogs.
Sun 1 July 2018
Cut to the Chase
2.00pm
A 2.5-mile walk, taking about three hours. A medieval landscape transformed by the Hurt family during the industrial revolution into a transport hub.

Start point: Hurt Arms Car Park, Ambergate (DE56 2EJ, GR 347516). If coming by car, park along the northern wall as far as possible from the A6. Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 8 July 2018
Around Hazelwood
2.00pm
A village walk that takes in both town and countryside paths with an emphasis on this village's Roman heritage.

Start point: The Firestone lay-by on Farnah Green Road (DE56 2UP). Leader: Dawn Churchill.

Sorry, no public transport, but if you fancy a longer ramble, join Dawn leaving Strutt's North Mill at 1.15pm.

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 15 July 2018
Belper Before the Strutts
2.00pm
Exploring Belper's ancient deer park and discovering remnants of the town's medieval past.

Start point: Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Christine Smith

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.

Some steep paths and steps.
Sun 22 July 2018
Exploring Belper Cemetery
2.00pm
Discover how Belper's beautiful hillside cemetery was created, some of the people who are buried there, and where Oliver Reed stood during the filming of 1968 film Women in Love. Includes a look inside the chapel.

Start point: Belper Cemetery Entrance, Matlock Road (DE56 1EP). Leaders: Adrian Farmer and Beki Howey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Some steep and uneven climbs. Sorry, no dogs.
Sun 29 July 2018
The Strutt Community
2.00pm
A walk around the Rows and Clusters of the Strutt community. Includes access to a Strutt-built house ? 7 Long Row.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free. Sorry, no dogs.
Sun 5 August 2018
Turnpike to the Workhouse
2.00pm
Trace the route of the old turnpike from the Mill to the Workhouse, along the A6, to find out about the social lives of Belper people in times past, their hardships and entertainments. Approximate length 1.5 miles.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Christine Smith

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Sun 12 August 2018
Around Duffield
2.00pm
A two-mile walk around the Village that Moved. John will follow in its footsteps. Includes a visit to the site of one of England's sturdiest castles, long demolished.

Start point: St Alkmund's Church Car Park (DE56 4BA, GR 348428). Leader: John Morrissey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Sun 19 August 2018
Quarries and Buildings
2.00pm
Brand new walk, looking at where stone was found to build the mills and surrounding communities in this part of the Derwent Valley.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 26 August 2018
A Taste of Belper's History
2.00pm
A food-themed look at Belper's history, looking at a gigantic larder, an early bread factory and ending with a little taster of what present-day Belper has to offer.

Start point: Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Adrian Farmer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Sun 2 September 2018
Into the Depths!
2.00pm
A longer countryside walk through the Depth O' Lumb, where you will encounter Romans and witches alongside stunning views.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Suitable clothing and footwear required.
Sun 9 September 2018
From Channels to Mills
2.00pm
A new route for exploring Belper's hidden channels and footpaths. A chance to discover the town's lesser-known off-road routes.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Includes steep climbs which may be slippery if wet.
Sun 16 September 2018
Iron and Morley Park
2.00pm
A brand new three-mile walk following the route of some horse drawn tramways, and visiting the 18th century blast furnaces which used locally mined iron ore and coal to make castings and pig iron, which was sent to Ambergate to be processed into wrought iron.

Start point: Park Road, Heage, near the Windmill Inn (DE56 2AB). Leader: Graham Hutchinson

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required. There may be some muddy places.
Sun 23 September 2018
Around Denby
2.00pm
A walk around John Flamsteed's village, crammed with history and industrial heritage. Village based but some countryside paths.

Start point: Outside Denby Pottery Visitor Centre tea rooms (DE5 8NX). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Some steep or challenging bits!
Sun 30 September 2018
Around Wirksworth
2.00pm
A walk of about two miles, showing the development of an untypical English town through one thousand years.

Start point: Wirksworth Market Place (DE4 4ET). Leader: John Morrissey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Some steep or challenging bits!
Sun 7 October 2018
Belper and Morley Park Railway
2.00pm
Following part of the early horse-worked railway, built between 1815 and 1842, that carried coal from the Drury Lowe coalmines around Denby to Belper. The route follows the final alignment, with its rope-worked incline down into the Henmore valley and returns along the earlier route that pursued a winding course to climb the same hill. A two-mile walk, with some stiles and rough ground.

Start point: Openwoodgate Crossroads (DE56 0SD). Leader: Trevor Griffin.

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 14 October 2018
Wyver Lane and the Range
2.00pm
A chance to explore the west side of the River Derwent, including early industrial housing and one of the biggest firing ranges in use during the First World War.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.
Sun 21 October 2018
Around Openwoodgate
2.00pm


Exploring this old community on the outskirts of Belper, at the top of 'Bedlam Hill'.

Start point: Belper Leisure Centre Car Park (DE56 0DA). Leader: John Morrissey

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Sun 28 October 2018
Old Cow Hill
2.00pm
A look at this fascinating area of Belper that housed cows in Medieval times but later became the focus of nail-making and heavy industry. Mainly streets but footpaths through the Parks and quite steep at times.

Start point: Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

Walking boots required.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Mon 29 October 2018
St John's Chapel and its Surroundings
2.00pm
Join Mary on a tour of Belper's oldest building ? to discover why this medieval chapel was built and the resources available inside today. Then explore the oldest part of Belper.

Start point: St John's Chapel, The Butts, Belper (DE56 1HX). Leader: Mary Smedley

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Tue 30 October 2018
Heritage at Risk - Darley Abbey
2.00pm
Take a look at some of the historic buildings recently surveyed by Brian and others as part of a Heritage at Risk review in the Derwent Valley.

Start point: Darley Street Car Park, Darley Abbey (entrance opposite The Abbey Pub, DE22 1DX). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Wed 31 October 2018
Places of Worship
2.00pm
A brand new tour around Belper's fascinating churches and chapels, past and present, some of which will be open for you to look inside and talk to the people involved. Town paths, but sometimes uphill.

Start point: Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Thu 1 November 2018
The Great Belper High Street
2.00pm
Find out how Belper's history contributed to the town's Great British High Street win in 2014, and the stories behind the development of the town centre and its shops.

Start point: Belper Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Leader: Adrian Farmer.

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Fri 2 November 2018
Heritage at Risk - Derby and Little Chester
2.00pm
Take a look at some of the historic buildings recently surveyed by Brian and others as part of a Heritage at Risk review in the Derwent Valley.

Start point: Outside Local Studies Office, Full St/Derwent St junction, Derby (DE1 3AF). Leader: Brian Deer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.

World Heritage Site Discovery Days

(Booking recommended on 01629 536831 or email info@derwentvalleymills.org)
Sun 11 November 2018
TALK: Belper in World War One
5.00pm
On the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, a look back at how the war changed Belper and its people.

Venue: No.28 Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Speaker: Adrian Farmer

Booking is essential as space is limited. To book, email admin@belpernorthmill.org.uk or ring 01773 880474 and leave your name, contact phone number, event title and number of seats you want reserved.

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Sun 9 December 2018
TALK: Food and Festivities in Belper
5.00pm
Christmas is coming, and here's a chance to celebrate by looking back at how Belper and its people have enjoyed the festivities, and some food-related stories from the town's past.

Venue: No.28 Market Place, Belper (DE56 1FZ). Speaker: Adrian Farmer

Booking is essential as space is limited. To book, email admin@belpernorthmill.org.uk or ring 01773 880474 and leave your name, contact phone number, event title and number of seats you want reserved.

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Wed 26 December 2018
Boxing Day Heritage Walk
2.00pm
Walk off the Christmas excess with a walk around Belper's town centre, looking at some of the hidden heritage you wouldn't find on your own. Ends at the Strutt-built Unitarian Chapel with a warm drink and a bite to eat.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Adrian Farmer

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.
Tue 1 January 2019
New Year's Day Heritage Walk
2.00pm
A town-based walk, looking at the history of entertainment in Belper and much more. Includes refreshments at the end of the walk, in the Unitarian Chapel.

Start point: Strutt's North Mill (DE56 1YD). Leader: Dawn Churchill

Cost: £4 per person, Under 16s free.