Views from the Train Window

Views from the Train Window is an illustrated guide to what you can see on your journey along the scenic Derwent Valley Line between Derby and Matlock.

This illustrated guide produced by Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site shows what you can see from the train window on your journey between Derby and Matlock.  

What is described can best be seen from seats on the left side facing forward from Derby and the right side facing forward from Matlock. 

Throughout the seasons the Derwent Valley Line provides contrasting views of the valley’s diverse woodlands, lush meadows, scenic hillsides, historic canal and meandering River Derwent. 

Shortly after departing from Derby, riverside meadows appear around Duffield and Belper before turning to steeper sided ancient woodlands, hugging the hillsides. A panoramic vista welcomes passengers into Cromford with views towards Cromford Canal, Cromford Mills and Willersley Castle. At Matlock Bath, the Victorians were left in awe by the sheer cliffs of High Tor, from which your train emerges from a tunnel into Matlock. 

Alight at any station and explore the numerous walks or visit one of the fabulous tourist attractions.

Views from the Train Window Leaflet