Belper Railway Station Platform 1

‘On a Walk’
‘On a Walk’ by Belper-based poet Jo Kirk is the current poem displayed on Platform 1 of Belper Railway station, the only site on Beth’s Poetry Trail where the poem is changed from time to time.

By kind permission of East Midlands Trains, both platforms at the station have a poem displayed. We are grateful to East Midlands Trains for donating the noticeboard and East Midlands Railway to continue to display poems here in the poster holder.

Previous poems displayed on Platform 1 have been:

2005-06:  ‘Night Train’ by Katherine Birkin
2006-07:  ‘Faintheart in a Railway Carriage’ by Thomas Hardy
2007-08:  ‘Anouncement’ by Rod Riesco
2008-09:  ‘The Matlock Line’ by Ray Woodland
2009-10:  ‘Brief Encounters’ by Steve Cutmore
2010-11:  ‘The Steam Engine’ by Gareth Shepherd
2011-12:  ‘On Chesterfield Platform’ by Matt Black
2013-17:  ‘Transported’ by Hannah Headden
2018-22:  ‘Travel’ by Edna St Vincent Millay
2022-    :   ‘On a walk’ by Jo Kirk

Beth came to Belper by train as her late husband had worked for British Railways for many years and rail travel was always her first choice.