Alport is a small, quiet and attractive Derbyshire and Peak District village, situated just off the main road.
Named after the portway road which ran through the settlement, the Saxon inhabitants of Alport, added the prefix`al` (old). The stone houses with pretty gardens date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. This was lead mining country in the 18th and 19th centuries and there is still much evidence of this in the area.
The river Lathkill cascades down through the village in a series of weirs and meets the river Bradford coming from Youlgrave. Here in a near idyllic setting among the trees below a clear pool a weir that John Bying, passing this way in June 1790, noted as a `pretty cascade`. Beside the weir is an old corn mill. A mill was recorded here at Alport in 1159, and it may have been the same one mentioned in the Doonsday Book, 70 years earlier, as standing at Youlgrave.
Park in Alport and take the riverside path that runs along the River Bradford towards Youlgreave. The route crosses over Moorstone Lane and continues until you reach Holywell Lane.
Whilst Youlgreave is not accessible with a wheelchair from here, due to the steep gradient, it is nevertheless a lovely place to wander and sit by the river.
Return by the same route.