Derby 12 minutes
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Belper
Station

Belper has a rich industrial past and lies at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Discover the story of Jedediah Strutt’s North Mill and relax in the adjacent riverside gardens.

In 2019, Belper was crowned The Best High Street in England and offers a mix of local independent shops, cafes and restaurants thriving alongside national retailers.

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

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

Belper station
Field Lane
Belper
DE56 1DE

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Did you know?

Belper is the birthplace of the world’s ground breaking skyscraper technology. The re-building of Stutt’s North Mill in 1803 using the world’s first fire-proof iron frame was the template for skyscrapers and 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 £2.70 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 run parallel to the railway between Derby and Belper with the 6.2 and 6.3 continuing every 30 minutes to Heage and Ripley with the 6.4, 6X, 71 and 72 serving various parts of the town.

The hourly Transpeak links the towns and villages along the Derwent Valley and 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.

Taxis

Local taxi firms include:

A6 Cabs, 01773 880880,

Belper Cars 01773 828384

Derwent Cars 01773 824824

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.

Explore the area
Heritage & Museums

Strutt’s North Mill

Strutt’s North Mill tells the story of Belper's former cotton spinning industry

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Shopping

Belper

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

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Nature & Parks

Belper Parks

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

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Nature & Parks

Belper River Gardens

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

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Sport & Adventure

Belper Rowing Boats

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

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Heritage & Museums

Heage Windmill

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

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Culture & Entertainment

Ritz Cinema

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

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Nature & Parks

Wyver Lane Nature Reserve

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

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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.

Events

Dec 5

Winter Food Festival

The Food Festival will be held on King St, Campbell St and Strutt St in Belper Town Centre. Free event

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Aug 14 Dec 11

Belper Monthly Market

The Market is held on the second Saturday of every month and showcases fine foods and goods from around the County.

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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.