Walk 3: Belper Station to Ambergate Station
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.
Using the town map in the inset find East Mill and the river. Take the footpath left immediately after crossing the bridge and head on for some way to a signposted gate in the fence. Pass through the gate and begin to climb the valleyside to eventually emerge by the side of a large house on to Chevin Road. Turn left and soon right up a footpath leading to North Lane.
Turn right onto North Lane, follow it a short way to a road, turn right and go downhill for 100 yards at Farnah Green to a fingerpost on the left. Keep to the left side of the wall and follow the path as it leads into a wooded valley, the “Depth o’Lumb”. Keep to the edge of the wood before entering fields and descending to Lumb Lane then downhill to the road.
Turn right, then left on Longwalls Lane. Go straight ahead for over a mile to a T-junction (powerlines overhead) and turn left downhill, then right into fields. Still following the Midshires Way follow the ridge uphill quite a way through a series of “knee trapper stiles”. After the summit and on
entering a large field veer off to the right at a waymarker, to two more stiles next to gates and up to another stile, then aim for a small footbridge. At the lane turn right past Sandyford Lane to the T-junction. Turn right then left into fields then into Netherpark Farm. Go through the yard and cross the road onto a track into Shining Cliff Wood.
At the first main fork, turn right (leaving the Midshires Way) and then right again just beyond the former Youth Hostel, continue to the Mermaid’s Pool and veer left up to a main track. Turn left and follow this until the road is reached. Turn left, over the river to the A6.
Cross the A6 and go left to the A610. Go under the railway arch and turn right to reach the station.
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