If you’re just looking for instructions on how to follow the trail and a map of all the poems’ locations, click on ‘The Trail’ above.

Beth’s Poetry Trail can be found in the town of Belper, Derbyshire, as a permanent memorial to Beth Fender who founded the town’s two poetry groups.

The Beth Fender Memorial Fund and working group was established to set up the trail in 2003, including members of the poetry groups plus family and local community representation.

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.

A free interpretation leaflet, which includes a map, guides visitors around the trail and can be picked up at Belper Library or Strutts North Mill 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 by post for £5.50 including P&P. Get in touch via the contact page for more information or to order a copy.

Poets represented include: Spike Milligan, Emily Dickinson, R L Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Philip Larkin.

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