Scenic Station to Station Walk – Walk 4 Ambergate to Belper
Distance 4.5 miles – Starting at Ambergate Station
These walks in the beautiful Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site have been designed to link together the stations along the scenic Derwent Valley Line. Choose one or more walks to create a circular route or use the train to get back to the start.
The train service through the Derwent Valley provides a great opportunity to leave the car at home, relax and enjoy the great views along the way. Trains on the Derwent Valley line operate a frequent service between Newark (Mon-Fri only), Nottingham, Beeston, Attenborough, Long Eaton, Derby and the local Derwent Valley Line Stations.
However, if you do travel to the Derwent Valley by car, there are car parks at each of the stations, from where you can start your circular or linear walk and travel back by train or on various bus services.
For train times call National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Alternatively, for local bus times, call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses.
All walks have been carefully waymarked by green discs bearing a coloured arrow. Yellow indicates footpath status to be used by walkers. Blue arrows indicate bridleway status and can be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horseriders. All the discs bear the legend Derwent Valley Walks.
Download the leaflet: Station to Station Walk Duffield to Ambergate
A walk through village, farmland and, after one short climb, excellent views from the valley ridge.
Leave Ambergate station through the car park and down the entrance road. At the main road turn right. After passing under a railway arch take the footpath on the right. Follow this to the left of Thackers Villas then turn right along the path to the rear of Old Ridgeway School. Turn right up the road to find a footpath on the left beyond the housing.
Ascend the path and, at the crest of the hill, admire the panoramic views with Heage Windmill (one of only 2 mills in Derbyshire with sails) to the front left as the path descends to a track. Turn right then immediate left to follow the road to Nether (meaning lower) Heage.
Turn right to Malthouse Lane and again to Spanker Lane to find a long straight farm track on the left. Walk to the left of the farm buildings and follow the path through several fields for nearly half a mile to pass a wood on the left and then on into the housing estate in the distance.
Turn left at the first road and soon right onto a footpath which leads eventually to steps on the right. Ascend these and continue on to the main road. Turn right then soon left down a path to Belper Cemetery. Turn left at the entrance and cross fields to reach Swinney Lane. Turn left here and the route to the station is easily followed through some of Old Belper by using the town map above.