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THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND
THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
wide range of features with heritage trails and
detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically
attractive countryside in the UK.
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Every month an illustrated Newsletter
is published giving details
What's Coming and What's On.
An independent profile of Derbyshire and the Peak National
Set in the heart of Derbyshire,
the town of Belper and the district of Amber Valley offers
something for everyone.
Glorious scenery, tranquil villages, bustling market towns and a
wide range of attractions to appeal to all tastes.
You can choose from learning more about the area's vast industrial
heritage, do some shopping or perhaps visit one of the many factory
shops in the area. There are
beautiful parks and
gardens to visit, Belper River Gardens are amongst the finest in
Using the power of the River Derwent to drive the machinery, Jedediah Strutt built
his first cotton mill, the South Mill, at Belper in 1776. Milford was chosen
as the second site for a mill four years later.
The area is so rich in industrial heritage that
it is not only of national importance, but occupies a pre-eminent position on
the - world stage. As an integral part of the Derwent Valley,
which is universally recognised as the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution and
now holds World Heritage Status.
There is a Farmers' Market every
second Saturday of the month on Belper Market
Place. Also a regular farmers' market takes place in Shottle at
the Railway Inn, Cowers Lane, on the third Saturday of the month.
For further Information
on Market Days and Farmers' Markets - contact the
Tourist Information Centre at Ripley (Tel.
There are four towns in Amber Valley, namely Alfreton,
Belper, Heanor and Ripley. Amber Valley Borough Council
administrative centre is based at Ripley.
The scenery in Amber Valley is stunning whether you are walking
along the Derwent Valley or just enjoying the view from Crich
Stand. All the walks featured will give you a real taste of the
Valley is fortunate in having a wide array of factory shops.
There is a leaflet available, which provides a location map of
factory shops. Help with arrangements for group factory shop
itineraries and tours can be provided by Ripley Tourist
well as booking accommodation at Tourist Information Centres, you
can book tickets for local theatres, festivals and events. Pick up
leaflets, guidebooks, souvenirs and travel information. Find out
about activities in the area and check the What's On Guide.
For more information contact Ripley Tourist Information Centre, Town
Hall, Ripley DE5 3BT - Telephone: 01773 841498. Email:
Tourist Information is also available at the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and
other outlets in Amber Valley.
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a good place to shop with a wide range of independent stores to visit.
In addition the De Bradelei Mill Shop, a discount shopping outlet, acts
as a clearing house for leading fashion brands and offers substantial
De Bradelei Mill Shop
has a lighthouse, yet is situated in the middle of England, and trams
clank along in a worked-out quarry, far away from the cities they used
One of the best surviving examples anywhere of the work of Robert Adam.
It is lavishly decorated and contains fine collections of paintings,
furniture and sculptures. The marble hall has been described as ‘one of the
most magnificent apartments of the 18th century in England’.
BELPER NORTH MILL
guided tour of North Mill provides the visitor with a fascinating insight of
how the Strutt family transformed Belper. From a village of 500 people in the
1770s to a town with a population of 4,500 by the start of the next century.
Another 40 years later the population was 10,000 and Belper at that time was
the second largest town in Derbyshire.
Belper North Mill
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