What's on at Strutt's North Mill

Sun 27th August 2017
A Taste of Belper’s History
2pm
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.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

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

Leader: Adrian Farmer.
Sun 10th Sept 2017
From Cow Hill To Highland Cattle
2pm
A 2.5 mile walk looking at the industry and old community of the Cow Hill area, then across Belper’s Medieval Deer Park to ancient farmland to encounter Highland cattle. Walking boots recommended. There are some steep slopes and some stepover and (tight) squeezer stiles.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

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

Leader: Dawn Churchill.
Sun 24th Sept 2017
Belper and Morley Park Railway
2pm
Following part of the early horse-worked railway, built between 1815 and 1842, that carried coal from the Drury Lowe coal mines around Denby to Belper. The route follows the final alignment, with its ropeworked 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.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Openwoodgate Crossroads (DE56 0SD).

Leader: Trevor Griffin.
Sun 8th Oct 2017
Changing Channels
2pm
Brian continues an exploration of Belper’s hidden channels and footpaths, with a new route and additional channels. Includes steep climbs which may be slippery if wet. A chance to discover the town’s lesser-known off-road routes.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

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

Leader: Brian Deer.
Sat 14th Oct 2017
On Old Cow Hill
11.30am
A 1.5 mile short walk, looking at Belper beyond the Deer Park, and a six hundred year old boundary that still defines Belper localities.

FREE WALK - Donations welcome.

Start point: The Strutts Centre on Derby Road, Belper (DE56 1UU).

Leader: John Morrissey.
Sat 14th Oct 2017
Discovering the Deer Park
2pm
A short one-mile walk around Belper’s medieval deer park, to hear about the lost Manor House and find out about later uses of the Park, now a Local Nature Reserve. Walking boots recommended. Footpaths and slopes but no stiles.

FREE WALK - Donations welcome.

Start point: No.28 Community Hall, Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ).

Leader: Dawn Churchill.
Sun 15th Oct 2017
Stockings, School & the Workhouse
11.30am
A short walk around the south end of the town centre – discovering old schools and hosiery companies, before exploring the old workhouse exercise yard and learning about what the inmates ate and did.

FREE WALK - Donations welcome.

Start point: The Strutts Centre on Derby Road, Belper (DE56 1UU).

Leader: Adrian Farmer
Sun 15th Oct 2017
Water Power in Belper, Past and Present
2pm
A short walk around the water ways of the Belper Mill complex,
seeing how the Strutt’s used water from the River Derwent to
power their cotton mills. Also discussing the Hydro Power currently
being produced on site and along the Derwent Valley.

FREE WALK - Donations welcome.

Start point: The Old Swiss Tea Rooms, Belper River Gardens (DE56 1BE).

Leader: Ian Jackson
Wed 18th Oct 2017
Early Industry in Holbrook
1pm & 2pm
A six-mile circular walk, three-mile linear walk or one mile village walk – take your pick! A look at this attractive village, learning about its industrial past. The circular walk from Belper Market Place includes a countryside walk to Holbrook, or start at the village. Afterwards, there’s an option to walk back to Belper via Bargate, Pinchom’s Hill and Mill Lane. Trent’s Sevens Buses from Belper arrive at Pond Road at 13.39 where there is a bus shelter and benches on the green. Check the Trent Buses website for details.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: 1pm Belper Market Place (DE56 1FZ) or 2pm Pond Road, Holbrook (DE56 0TX) for a shorter walk.

Leader: Dawn Churchill.
Thurs 19th Oct 2017
Skirting the Southern Border of the Duffield Frith

The Duffield Frith was a medieval forest of deer parks, tightlycontrolled communities and ancient industries. Discover why the southern boundary followed a certain route, and how the
landscape still helps us to perceive it.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

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

Leader: John Morrissey.
Fri 20th Oct 2017
St John’s Chapel and Surroundings
2pm
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.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: St John’s Chapel, The Butts, DE56 1HX.

Leader: Mary Smedley.
Wed 25th Oct 2017
Bridge Hill – Ice House and Observatory
2pm
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. Sorry, no dogs.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: Adrian Farmer.
Thurs 26th Oct 2017
Jewel in the Crown: Belper River Gardens
2pm
A look at the history of Belper’s beautiful River Gardens. Fully accessible to wheelchair users.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: Christine Smith.
Fri 27th Oct 2017
Heage & the Duffield Frith
2.15pm
Four mile walk to see and hear how a former medieval deer park lying at the northern edge of the Duffield Frith was acquired by the Hurt family using profits from mineral extraction to make them yet more money. Start time is bus friendly.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Eagle Tavern Car Park, Heage (DE56 2HU - GR 372505).

Leader: John Morrissey.
Tues 26th Dec 2017
Boxing Day Heritage Walk
2pm
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.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: Adrian Farmer.
Mon 1st Jan 2018
New Years Day Heritage Walk
2pm
A town-based walk, looking at the history of Belper’s schools and education. Visiting buildings that were once schools, sites where schools previously stood and one still functioning school that celebrates its bicentenary this year! Includes refreshments at the end of the walk, in the Unitarian Chapel.

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

Start point: Strutt’s North Mill (DE56 1YD).

Leader: Dawn Churchill.