Section 4 – 5.5 miles
In Rowsley follow the A6 to your left, cross the river then cross the A6 carefully opposite the Industrial Estate.
Follow Old Station Close and a concessionary footpath is signed heading south along the east bank of the river. This takes you to Peak Rail at Rowsley South, here follow the path to the right (west of the tracks).
The path crosses the meadows to Churchtown. Follow the path just past the church to the B5057, a short section of road walking will bring you to Darley Bridge.
Cross the river and follow the Gated Road to Oker. Follow the path from Aston Lane cutting across the fields to Cawdor Quarry and on to Matlock Station.
There are regular trains to all stations on the Derby line. Buses serve Derby, Nottingham, Bakewell and Manchester.
For steam enthusiasts, Peak Rail operates from Matlock Riverside Station to Darley Dale and Rowsley South Stations See peakrail.co.uk or call 01629 580381 for timetables and to book.
Most of this section of the Heritage Way is also part of the White Peak Loop cycleway. The route varies slightly at the Matlock end so please follow the signs across the railway and along the A6 to reach the railway station if you’re on a bike.
A sped-up video of the route can be seen below. Click the Settings ‘cog’ to change the video speed.