Take a walk on the World side

Belper's North Mill.
Belper's North Mill.

Walkers are being invited to discover one of the country’s finest assets – thanks to a new walking guide to the Derwent Valley.

Dramatic scenery and heritage sites are brought to life in the book by Derbyshire resident Denis Eardley.

NEW BOOK: Walks around the Derwent Valley are featured in a new publication by Derbyshire author Denis Eardley.

NEW BOOK: Walks around the Derwent Valley are featured in a new publication by Derbyshire author Denis Eardley.

Mr Eardley brings together his love of walking and history in his latest publication – Derwent Valley Walks – to give visitors a chance to find out more about the unique valley and World Heritage Site, which includes Belper.

Although only 60 miles in length, the Derwent Valley played an important role in the Industrial Revolution and is the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.

In 2001, the site running from Masson Mills, in Matlock Bath, to the former Derby Silk Mill was awarded World Heritage Status. It is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands.

Each chapter of the guide features a different walk, with a map, photographs and information on local conveniences, refreshments and other places of interest in the area.

Belper mill.

Belper mill.

Every route offers the option of a long walk or a shorter version and the book also gives details on various landmarks and historic sites.

Mr Eardley said the walks are suitable for both long distance hikers and those just looking for a short stroll.

Altogether there are 20 linear walks and ten circular.

Routes include the Belper to Milford stretch with walks from Ambergate and to Duffield as well as details about pioneer of cotton spinning, Jedidiah Strutt.

Mr Eardley, who is retired has written three books, Around Wirksworth, Wirksworth and the surrounding area and Villages of the Peak District.

The book can be purchased from local book shops for £9.99.