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Makeney Hall Hotel

Walking Breaks in Derbyshire

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.

The Walk

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.

The Route

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

To find out more about local walks or to book a room, please call 0330 390 0492 or email reservations.makeney@shlhotels.com


Makeney Hall Hotel, Makeney Road, Belper, DE56 0RS

T: 0330 390 0492

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