Walking Breaks in Derbyshire
Makeney Hall Hotel makes the perfect Derbyshire base for walking holidays and breaks, located in ‘Strutt Country’ just along the Derwent Valley the local Belper Walk takes you through the Riverside Gardens, past North Mill and along the river to Milford.
The stunning scenery along the Derwent Valley is littered with traces of times gone by, as the 50 mile stretch of river used to power 12 large water wheels, the housings of which can still be seen along the walk today. While the history of Milford is influenced by the notable Strutt Family. An affluent bloodline who once owned the whole village and employed virtually all the inhabitants.
The approach to the hotel is breath-taking, with a long sweeping drive leading up to the stunning architecture of the main building, while the property itself is situated in 6 acres of tree-lined gardens overlooking the rolling countryside along the banks of the River Derwent. Makeney Hall has 46 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, including a selection of dog-friendly bedrooms - perfect for you and your furry friend to rest tired feet.
Distance: 6 miles/ 9.66 Km
Start/Finish: You can start from the hotel and join the trail in Milford, or most ramblers prefer to start in the River Side Gardens
Location: On the A6 between Derby and Matlock
Underfoot: Fairly flat, one steep climb and one gentle descent. Wet weather will make it damp under foot so wear appropriate footwear.
Leave the car park keeping close to the river past North Mill, cross over the bridge and immediately turn down a lane on the left to walk alongside the river
At the bottom of the lane go through the stile and with the hedge on your left cross two fields and head down the next field to join the riverbank
Continue to follow the path close to the river passing to the left of a treatment plant
Soon the path swings right to join the Chevin Road, go left here towards Milford
On reaching Sunny Hill Road (for The Strutt Arms continue to the A6) turn to the right for a steep climb up the hillside, bending to the right at the top into North Lane
The road continues for approximately 1.5 miles past Chevin Golf Course
Just before the lane bends sharply to the left in front of a house, turn right to follow the signed path down two fields keeping close to the wall on the left
On reaching Chevin Road turn to the left and in 100 yards take the signed path to the right down the drive past Swiss House
Go over a stile to follow a diagonal path to the left to reach a narrow-paved path leading to a stile
Continue by angling to the left through two stiles to a field near the river
This part of the walk will be familiar to you as you retrace your steps to the left going past the house you saw earlier on the walk to a stile in the corner of the field
Continue across the next two fields keeping close to the right-hand boundary, along the lane by the river, over the bridge and past North Mill back to the start point