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Walking The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

(when you have completed the way, you can apply for a certificate to mark this achievement here)

The northern section : Ladybower Reservoir to Matlock and Whatstandwell

Explore the Derwent valley on foot and you will experience magnificent scenery, heritage and wildlife. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55mile long waymarked walk. It follows the River Derwent through the Peak District National Park, via Chatsworth and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to join the River Trent near Shardlow. This is a basic route description to be used in conjunction with the Derwent Valley Heritage Way leaflet and Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 1, 24, 259 and 260 covering the Dark and White Peak, Derby and Nottingham respectively. Please make use of the public transport services and leave your car at home, call TRAVELINE on 0870 608 2608 or call 08457 48 49 50 for information on trains.

Heatherdene to Leadmill and Hathersage 6miles The Derwent Valley Heritage Way starts at Heatherdene. This is north of Bamford on Ashopton Road (A6013) on the banks of Ladybower Reservoir. Bus links are good from Sheffield and from the station at Bamford on the Sheffield and Manchester Line. Follow the path climbing from the A6013 into and through Heatherdene car park and on towards the dam wall. Cross the dam wall and follow the road down hill to your left. After about 250m branch off on the track that was the old reservoir construction railway, now the Thornhill Trail. This heads southwards, crossing the lane to Thornhill to emerge on Water Lane. Here turn left before following the path on your right across a field, towards the railway. Pass under the railway and you arrive at Hope Road (A6187). Bamford station and a bus stop are a 5 minute walk away. Follow the A6187 towards Hathersage, turn left and walk over Mytham Bridge. The bus stop is at the toll gate, for the station go towards Bamford (to your left) and the station is signed. Cross Hope Road and Shatton Bridge over the River Noe, take the path on your left into the fields. It climbs a bank before joining the Derwent riverbank. The path follows the river all the way to Leadmill Bridge, where you cross the River a short distance to the south of Hathersage. For Hathersage cross Leadmill Bridge and take the footpath across the fields on your left. The path emerges onto Dore Lane. For Hathersage follow Dore Lane to your left, for Hathersage Station turn right.

Hathersage and Leadmill to Baslow 7 miles From Hathersage station cross Station Road and follow Dore Lane to the Lodge. Here take the footpath to your left across the fields to Leadmill Bridge. From Leadmill Bridge follow the lane which leads to Harper Lees and Grindleford on the east side of the river. For Grindleford Station and Padley Chapel follow the path up through Coppice Wood and turn right at the track after crossing the railway. From Grindleford station follow the track to the left (west) take the second path that crosses the railway to return to the path in Coppice Wood, descend to the River and the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. At Grindleford Bridge follow the path to the east of the river, this climbs through Froggatt Woods before following Spooner Lane south into Froggatt village. Cross Froggatt Bridge to follow the path going south on the west side of the Derwent, to New Bridge. Cross the A625 carefully and continue on the west of the river to Calver. There is a bus stop here at Calver Bridge. Take the underpass to cross the A623 in Calver. The path follows the river on the west bank, emerging on Bubnell Road. Follow this southwards into Baslow, crossing the bridge to the church. Cross the road near the church and follow School Lane and Eaton Hill to avoid the busiest traffic. There is a bus stop by the church and at Nether End in Baslow with services to Sheffield, Matlock and Bakewell.
 
Baslow to Rowsley 5 miles
From the Green at Nether End in Baslow cross the stream to follow the path into Chatsworth Park. Follow the path to Queen Mary’s Bower and cross the river. Follow the west bank of the river walking southwards to cross the road by the cattle grid above the old mill. Follow the lane to Calton Lees. Fork left at the junction in Calton Lees village and follow the path heading south to Rowsley. The path becomes a farm track emerging on Church Lane, Rowsley. Buses are frequent to Bakewell, Manchester, Matlock and Derby.

Rowsley to Matlock 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. Peak Rail operates from Matlock Riverside Station to Darley Dale and Rowsley South Stations (tel 01629 580381).

Matlock to Whatstandwell 6.5 miles
From Matlock Station cross the river and the road (A6). Walk through Hall Leys Park, crossing the Bentley Brook to remain on the east bank of the river. Continue until the riverside path ends. At this junction there are 2 options. A footbridge over the Derwent offers easy walking along the A6 pavement to Matlock Bath (left after crossing the river). For the recommended but strenuous option (breathtaking views over the Derwent Gorge) take the path climbing under a railway bridge, pass under the iron arch on the right and climb the steep ridge to the High Tor summit. From here descend past the Cable Car station to Matlock Bath Station. Cross the river and follow the A6 along the pavement, past the Pavillion and Masson Mills. Before the traffic lights in Cromford follow the concessionary path, left along Church Walk to emerge at Arkwright’s Cromford Mill. Cromford station is close by and signed. Cross the road and follow the Cromford Canal past High Peak Junction onto Whatstandwell. Here the station is adjacent to the canal as is a bus stop.

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way has been developed by the Derwent Valley Trust. The Trust was established to secure recognition of the valley as The National Heritage Corridor to promote its landscape, wildlife and heritage in a sustainable way. The Trust works through partnerships with organisations that share its vision including local authorities, the Peak District National Park, local businesses and societies.
 
The southern section : Matlock to Derwent Mouth

Explore the Derwent Valley on foot and you will experience magnificent scenery, heritage and wildlife. This is a basic route description to be used in conjunction with the Derwent Valley Heritage Way leaflet and Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 1, 24, 259 and 260 covering the Dark and White Peak, Derby and Nottingham respectively. Please make use of the public transport services and leave your car at home, call TRAVELINE on 0870 608 2608 or call 08457 48 49 50 for information on trains.

Matlock to Whatstandwell 6.5 miles
From Matlock Station cross the river and the road (A6). Walk through Hall Leys Park, crossing the Bentley Brook to remain on the east bank of the river. Continue until the riverside path ends. At this junction there are 2 options. A footbridge over the Derwent offers easy walking along the A6 pavement to Matlock Bath (left after crossing the river). For the recommended but strenuous option (breathtaking views over the Derwent Gorge) take the path climbing under a railway bridge, pass under the iron arch on the right and climb the steep ridge to the High Tor summit. From here you descend past the Cable Car station to Matlock Bath Station. Cross the river and follow the A6 along the pavement, past the Pavillion and Masson Mill. Before the traffic lights in Cromford follow the concessionary path, left along Church Walk to emerge at Arkwright’s Cromford Mill. Cromford station is close by and signed. Cross the road and follow the Cromford Canal past High Peak Junction onto Whatstandwell. Here the station is adjacent to the canal as is a bus stop.

Whatstandwell to Belper 6 miles
Follow the Cromford Canal towpath from Whatstandwell to Ambergate. Here follow Chase Road to join the A6. Cross the A6 by the River Amber Bridge, Ambergate station is close by and take Holly Lane by St Anne’s Church, crossing to the west of the Derwent. Follow the path that climbs parallel to Holly Lane through the Woodland Trust wood called The Birches. This brings you out at a road junction. Follow Whitewells Road for half a mile before descending through the fields on a path to Wyver Lane. Follow Wyver Lane into Belper, crossing the Derwent and following the road past the impressive North and East Mills. Cross the A6 at the traffic lights and climb up the cobbled street of Long Row. At the top turn right along Green Lane and continue until you come to King Street. Climb up to Belper Market Place, or descend King Street for the town centre and station and bus station on Chapel Street. Belper has good public transport services.

Belper to Little Eaton 4.5 miles
From Belper station follow signs to the town centre and walk up King Street to the Market Place. Walk through the Coppice Car Park at the back of the Market Place and follow the path down to Coppice Brook. Cross the brook and then follow the path upwards to your right which brings you out on a path by a goal post. Keep climbing onwards past a playground and you emerge onto the junction of Bargate and Holbrook Road. Turn right along Holbrook Road, crossing to follow the track southwards to Wildersley Farm. From the farm follow the path southwards, crossing Shaw Lane to Makeney. In Makeney follow the pavement along the road to Duffield Bridge. By The Bridge Inn follow the path to the east of the river, meeting the road beyond Peckwash Mill. Continue along the road to Rigga Lane is reached on the left. Climb Rigga Lane for 100m before taking the path on the right to cross Rigga Quarry on a stone bridge. The path emerges on Vicarage Lane, descend towards Little Eaton. Follow the lane above the church which becomes a path to The Town. Cross the Bottle Brook to Alfreton Road following it southwards. There are frequent buses into Derby from Little Eaton.
 
Little Eaton to Derby City Centre 4 miles
As you leave Little Eaton follow the cycle route towards the A38 and A61 roundabout. Take Ford Lane just before the roundabout. At the end of the Lane follow the path along side the Railway, this climbs onto the A38 embankment. Follow the pavement across the railway bridge, descending the next steps to the underpass where you pass under the A38. From here the path heads across the flood meadow to Haslam’s Lane, Darley Abbey. Turn right along Haslam's Lane and pass through the Darley Abbey Mills and cross the Private Toll Road (you may have to pay a toll) to Darley Abbey Village. Continue southwards, passing the Darley Abbey Inn. Rather than heading straight on into Darley Park, climb up New Road to see a little more of Darley Abbey’s heritage. The upper path through Darley Park provides dramatic views over the parkland. Toilets and refreshments are available at the terrace. The path descends to join the Derby Riverside Path at Handyside Bridge. From here the Riverside Path follows the west bank of the River Derwent right through Derby city centre. It passes directly by the Derby Silk Mill, the River Gardens and the bus station. The railway station is signed from the route and is a short walk along Railway Terrace.

Derby to Borrowash 5.5 miles
From Derby station turn right and follow Railway Terrace along to the Riverside Path. Follow the Riverside Path on the south bank of the Derwent through Pride Park and Alvaston Park towards Elvaston and Borrowash. A bridleway heads south to Elvaston Castle Country Park about half a mile before Borrowash Bridge for those wanting to explore the grounds. Other wise follow the Riverside Path all the way to Borrowash Bridge. Here cross Borrowash Bridge and follow Station Road (B5010) into Borrowash for regular buses to Derby

Borrowash to Derwent Mouth 6 miles
From Borrowash follow Station Road south to get to Borrowash Bridge. Cross Station Road (B5010) and follow the path along the south bank of the river. This heads across the fields to Ambaston. Here follow Ambaston Lane south to join London Road at Shardlow. Follow London Road eastwards (left) and you will discover Shardlow’s fascinating history if you visit the Heritage Centre by the Clock Warehouse. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way follows the Trent and Mersey Canal from opposite the Heritage Centre, following the towpath through the village to the east, passing Derwent Mouth Lock. Continue to Derwent Mouth, where the River Derwent flows into the River Trent. Here the Derwent Valley Heritage Way reaches its end point. Return to Shardlow for buses to Derby and Leicester.

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way can be walked as a complete route, or in sections

Starting Point End Point km miles total miles
Ladybower, Heatherdene Hathersage 9.5 6 6
Hathersage Baslow 11.5 7 13
Baslow Rowsley 8 5 18
Rowsley Matlock 9 5.5 23.5
Matlock Whatstandwell 10 6.5 30
Whatstandwell Belper 9.5 6 36
Belper Little Eaton 7.5 4.5 40
Little Eaton Derby city centre 6.5 4 44
Derby city centre Borrowash 9 5.5 50
Borrowash Derwent Mouth 10 6 55

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way has been developed by the Derwent Valley Trust. The Trust was established to secure recognition of the valley as The National Heritage Corridor to promote its landscape, wildlife and heritage in a sustainable way. The Trust works through partnerships with organisations that share its vision including local authorities, the Peak District National Park, local businesses and societies. Visit the Derwent Valley Trust website www.nationalheritagecorridor.org.uk