Derby 12 minutes
Matlock 22 minutes
Nottingham 46 minutes


Belper has a rich industrial past and lies at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  Belper River Gardens provide a tranquil spot alongside the River Derwent with park cafe and rowing boats to hire.  There are regular walking tours around historic Belper.

In 2019, Belper was crowned The Best High Street in England for the second time and offers a mix of local independent shops, cafes and restaurants thriving alongside well-known high street names.

Belper is also home to the independent, art deco Ritz Cinema showing art house films and blockbuster movies.

Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking in District Council car park
  • Toilets on Strutt Street, five minutes walk.

Belper station
Field Lane
DE56 1DE

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Did you know?

Belper is the birthplace of the world’s first skyscraper technology. The re-building of Stutt’s North Mill in 1803 used the world’s first fire-proof iron frame, which became the template for modern high-rise engineering.

Passenger Facilities 

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine on each platform.  There is a digital information screen and customer help point on both platforms.

There is step free access from the overbridge but the ramp gradients do not meet accessibility standards.

There are no toilets at the station. The nearest toilets are a five minute walk on Strutt Street, just past the CO-OP.

Cycle parking is located on platform 1.

Getting to and from Belper Station

Belper station is situated in the town centre, just behind the shops on King Street. From the top of the platform ramps, turn right to the beer garden of The Railway pub and then left along the tree lined alleyway onto King Street, or turn right to reach the Borough Council car park. The steps from Platform 1 lead onto a footpath parallel to the railway and leads into ‘The Clusters’ – historic mill workers cottages and offers a pleasant walking route through to Strutt’s North Mil and River Gardens.  A flight of steps from the top of Platform 2 provides local access to Albert Street.

Parking at the Station 

The overbridge area is private property, for permit holders only.  The large Field Lane public car park managed by Amber Valley Borough Council, is just round the corner from the top of the platform ramps. Parking is £3.20 for over 4 hours.

Local Bus Services from Belper

Belper has a good local bus network with services around the town and to surrounding towns and villages.

The Sixes (6.1,6.2,6.3 & 6.4) provide a service every 15 minutes  between Derby and Belper with the 6.2 and 6.3 continuing every 30 minutes to Heage and Ripley and the 6.4/6X, plus 71 and 72 serving various parts of the town.

The hourly Transpeak links the towns and villages along the Derwent Valley and onward to Bakewell and Buxton, whilst the 113 serves the villages of Turnditch, Hulland Ward and other rural communities towards Ashbourne.

There are two main bus departure points, with bus stops on King Street, near the station and other services from the trentbarton bus garage on Chapel Street.

Bus stop locations are displayed on the Onward Travel Map and bus timetables are available here.

When trains are replaced by buses, road replacement services pick up/drop off from outside/opposite The Lion Hotel on Bridge Street.


There is no taxi rank at Belper station.  Please arrange a collection point when booking your taxi (N.B. the station overbridge is private property and subject to parking enforcement).

Local taxi firms include:

A6 Cabs, 01773 880880,

Belper Cars 01773 828384

Derwent Cars 01773 824824

K’s Taxis 07866 892942

Steve’s Cars 01773 525323


Belper is a bustling market town with a diverse mix of shops including vibrant local independent gems nestled amongst national retailers.  The town was named England’s Best High Street at the Great British High Street awards 2019. The only town to win the award twice!

The are a wide variety of coffee shops, pubs and places to eat and The Ritz, an award-winning, independent cinema.  The town regularly holds food fairs, art festivals and other cultural events throughout the year.

Further information about the main sites and key people in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site are detailed in a series of books produced by Derwent Valley Mills Educational Trust Copies may also be bought from local heritage sites and local bookshops

Explore the area
Themed Attractions

Crich Tramway

Crich Tramway Village offers unlimited tram rides along a unique period street.



Belper is a bustling market town with a diverse mix of shops, named England’s Best High Street 2019.

Nature & Parks

Belper River Gardens

Belper River Gardens, adjacent to Strutt's North Mill offer a tranquil setting to view the River Derwent.

Sport & Adventure

Belper Rowing Boats

Belper Rowing Boats can be hired during the summer at Belper River Gardens.

Culture & Entertainment

Ritz Cinema

Ritz Cinema, Belper is an independent cinema, showing a variety of cultural, commercial and classic films.

Heritage & Museums

Crich Stand

Crich Stand is an impressive landmark overlooking the Derwent Valley

Nature & Parks

Belper Parks

Belper Parks is an extensive area of woodland and grassland along with recreation and play facilities.

Heritage & Museums

Heage Windmill

Guided tours ofDerbyshire’s only working windmill and the only stone towered six-sailed windmill in England.

Nature & Parks

Wyver Lane Nature Reserve

Wyver Lane Nature Reserve is an important wetland, next to the River Derwent.

Things to do

Walks from Belper

Perri’s family tour of Belper leads offers two short walking routes to either the River Gardens or Belper Parks.

This short World Heritage Site walks looks at some of the most significant buildings near to the Strutt mills.

This short World Heritage Site walk looks back at Belper’s industrial past.

Walk number 1, is a 4 mile walk between Duffield and Belper over the Chevin and following the ancient Portway along the ridge of the Derwent Valley.

Walk number 4, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Belper through farmland with a short climb providing excellent views of Heage Windmill from the valley ridge.

Walk number 2, is a 6 mile walk between Belper and Duffield through open country with superb views linking together the historic settlements of Bargate and Holbrook.

This seven mile’ circular walk from Belper station is across hilly countryside with several steep climbs.

Walk number 3, is an 8 mile walk between Belper and Ambergate along the valley ridge, with two steady climbs through farmland and ancient woodland.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile long distance footpath following the length of the River Derwent. Sections of the route may be undertaken as linear walks using the train between Derby and Matlock or other local bus services between Derby and Shardlow or between Matlock and Chatsworth.


Jul 13

Nailed It Music Festival

Free Multi-venue summer music festival  in Belper

Jul 14

Sunny Sunday Market: Young Traders Market

Stalls, workshops and displays from local, talented young people. on the Market Place in Belper

Jul 21

Water-Power in Belper and the Derwent Valley

A walk around the waterways of the Belper Mill complex.

Jul 28

Belper Pubs Past and Present Heritage Walk

Discover the historic past and entertaining stories. of Belper's Inns and Taverns

Aug 3 Aug 4

Belper Pride 2024

Pride in Belper returns for 2024

Aug 18

Belper Pubs Past and Present Heritage Walk

Discover the historic past and entertaining stories. of Belper's Inns and Taverns

Aug 25

Clocking On – Fun Family Friendly Tour

What were the children of Belper doing at Mr Strutt’s Mills 200 years ago? 

Sep 22

Shady Characters and Ne’er-do-wells

Tales from Belper's Criminal Underworld Heritage Walk

Oct 6

World of the Workers; Strutt Community Tour

Investigate the community that worked at Strutt's Mill


Station history

The North Midland Railway from Derby to Rotherham opened in 1840 and included a station at Belper.

The original station was situated just south of where the Derby Road(A6) crosses the railway, which was ideal for goods traffic, but distant from the main areas of population.

The current station was opened in 1878 and accessed from King Street, through a tree lined square, little of which remains today.

Station adoption

Since 2012, volunteers from Transition Belper have maintained four neglected garden areas, based upon sustainable permaculture principles. This has created a welcoming environment of herbs and shrubs throughout the station.

More recently, a wildflower meadow was created including Cowslip, Meadow Cranesbill and Knapweed, bringing more diversity to the station gardens.

Belper Station is home to a wonderful Station Mosaic and Art Gallery of 26 colourful paintings celebrating Belper’s heritage, landscape and vibrant community.  The artwork was produced by children from four local school and The Mosaic inspired by the children’s artwork, was produced by the public at the Belper Goes Green Festival.

Funding towards many of these projects has been received from Community Rail Network, East Midlands Trains and Belper Town Council.