|From the basket of a huge Virgin hot air balloon our Belper launch site gives you a unique vantage point to marvel at some of the best scenery that Derbyshire has to offer.
Taking off from the Lower Derwent Valley which is adjacent to the beautiful Peak District National Park, you will soar into the sky over Belper town. An area shaped by the Industrial Revolution; indeed by the end of the 18th century there were around 500 Ďnaylorísí workshops in the town.
If youíre lucky, the wind will guide you north past Matlock Bath, a popular tourist spot known for its warm springs and beautiful scenery reminiscent of Switzerland. There you may sail over the High Tor cliff face or the tree topped Heights of Abraham Ė donít forget to give the people in the cable cars a wave as they scale the Heights. Further north lie Chatsworth estate and Haddon Hall; once described as Ďthe most perfect house to survive from the middle agesí set amongst rolling countryside.
Your balloon might take you in a more easterly direction; here your nostrils may be treated to the airborne aroma emanating from the Thorntons chocolate factory at nearby Alfreton.
Look out for Carsington Water if you travel west, whilst a notherwesterly track will take you over and towards the heart of the Peaks. A westerly track will take you towards Dovedale, where Staffordshire will appear before you on the other side, including the pretty town of Leek and perhaps on a clear day Alton Towers Resort.
A hot air balloon ride is far more serene than any rollercoaster ride and provides many more unique and unforgettable memories (well at least itís easier to operate a camera)!
Belper Rugby Club
Strutts Playing Field
A6 northbound (from Derby)Once in the car park, please park in the area above, or to the right of the club house (the low red brick building in front of you).
Approach Belper town centre on the A6. Belper Rugby Club is located just after the Tavern pub on the Right and then Babington Hospital on the Left.
The Rugby Club entrance is on the Left immediately after the Hospitalís Northern entrance, opposite Gibfield Lane.
A6 southbound (from Matlock)
After the Morrisons roundabout the Rugby Club entrance is located about 150 metres further down the A6 on the Right, opposite Gibfield Lane and immediately before the Babington Hospital Northern Entrance.
Sat Nav Users
The best postcode for those approaching from the north, coming south on the A6, is DE56 1SG. The entrance to the Rugby Club is just after this postcode, and is on the right hand side, directly opposite Gibfield Lane. For those approaching from the south, use postcode DE56 1WH, the postcode for the hospital. Do not drive in to the hospital; the entrance to the Rugby Club is immediately after the hospital, on the left hand side, directly opposite Gibfield Lane.
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