Walk 1: Duffield Station to Belper Station
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.
Leave the station car park into Station Approach and then turn right along the main A6. Pass the site of Duffield Castle and continue on to turn left into Avenue Road then immediately right towards the golf club. The walk now follows the route of the Midshires Way around the rear of the golf club along a track and over a stile, then round right and up between the greens. At a way marker, turn right then immediate left. Climb, crossing tracks, until a main walled track is reached.
Turn left onto this prehistoric highway, called North Lane, and enjoy the extensive views of the valley and Belper below. Just before the lane turns 90 degrees to the left, turn right (by a seat) into fields (thereby leaving the Midshires Way) and go downhill, turn left at the road and then soon right. Head past the house on the left, then cross a series of fields downhill to the River Derwent and follow the path upstream to Belper Bridge.
After passing the town’s historic mills, and going under the 1795 ‘gangway’ bridge, turn right and find the way to the station using the town centre map in the inset.
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