Discover the “Iron Giant” as part of the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum’s wellbeing walk programme

17/01/24 - A wellbeing walk programme which brings gentle exercise together with local heritage, history and a chance to connect with others will return next month and one of the first walks of the year will offer a unique opportunity to discover ‘the Iron Giant’, more formally known as Bennerley Viaduct.

On 5 March, the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, who run the Wellbeing Walk programme, will be teaming up with The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct to offer this free guided walk to the viaduct and return coach journey to the museum. 

Visitors will also have a unique opportunity to hear about plans for an eastern ramp, visitor centre and car park at the Viaduct which has recently been given planning permission as part of the Kimberley Means Business Levelling Up Project.

“Last year’s walkers covered 63km of the local area which inspired Lawrence in his writing and some really good friendships were forged amongst our regular walkers. We’re really excited to be able to offer this programme again – whether you’re a history buff or just looking to get an hour of fresh air in good company,” said Carolyn Melbourne, Museum and Collections Officer.

Chair of Trustees at the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, John Scruton said: “We are very pleased to welcome this walking group to this unique iconic heritage structure in the Erewash Valley, which we at the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are very proud of. For those who have been before it’s a chance to reacquaint yourself, and for those who have not, a treat awaits you. If you would like to join our group and even become a volunteer, please let us know.”

As this walk includes coach travel for the return journey to the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Contact the museum at or on 0115 917 3824 to secure your place. 

It has been made possible by Broxtowe’s UK Shared Prosperity Funding.

Wellbeing walks will also take place on the following dates. All walks meet at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum at 10.00am, followed by tea and coffee at the museum after the walk. There is no need to book unless otherwise stated.

  • 6 February
  • 5 March – (pre-booking essential)
  • 2 April
  • 7 May
  • 4 June
  • 2 July
  • 6 August
  • 3 September
  • 1 October
  • 5 November
  • 3 December

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is where this literary legend was born on 11 September 1885. Only 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre, the Museum is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, feel the warmth of the fire in the kitchen and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself.

Find out more on our D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum page at

Did you know that we offer a programme of Wellbeing Walks for you to enjoy Broxtowe’s beautiful countryside?

D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum
tel: 0115 917 3824