Beth's Poetry Trail Walk

Beth's Poetry Trail Walk

10th May 2018


Bandstand, River Gardens

Beth's Poetry Trail Walk takes place on Thursday 10th May, starting at 1.15pm by the bandstand in Belper River Gardens, Matlock Road, Belper DE56 1BE and will last about 2.5 - 3 hours.

Pay & Display parking is available in the River Gardens and the Gardens are not far from Belper Railway station. There will be two moderately steep climbs, it is all on footpaths but no stiles. An adapted (reduced) wheelchair route is possible if we are notified in advance. It will be suitable for dogs and school aged children.

Beth's Poetry Trail is a permanent memorial to Beth Fender who founded the town's two poetry groups.

A poem - or extract of a poem - is installed at 20 sites around the town. Each poem has been interpreted in a manner appropriate to the poem and the setting, as far as possible. Poets represented include: Spike Milligan, Emily Dickinson, R L Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Philip Larkin.

A free interpretation leaflet, which includes a map, guides visitors around the trail and can be picked up at Belper Library, Strutts Centre and the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre.

'Beth & Belper, Tale of a Trail' by Jean Sealey, which tells the story behind the development of the trail, is available to borrow from Derbyshire libraries or to purchase by post for £5.50 including P&P.

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