Walks & Rides

Derby Riverside Path

This traffic free walking and cycling route, offers an alternative route from Derby Station alongside the River Derwent, into the heart of the city. 

Easy
1 miles

This traffic free walking and cycling route, offers an alternative route from Derby Station alongside the River Derwent, into the heart of the city.  This route uses a short section of National Cycle Network Route 6 into the Bass Recreation Ground, from where the riverside path continues to Derby River Gardens and Cathedral Green.

From the front of Derby Station cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and follow the pedestrian route between the Merry Widows and The Waterfall pubs.

Turn right into Calvert Street past the rows of renovated former railway cottages. Exit Calvert Street behind The Brunswick and rejoin the main road, bearing left to the pedestrian crossing outside The Alexandra. Cross over both roads using the crossings.

Pick up the walking and cycling path under the flyover, leaving the railway behind you and with the River Derwent on your right. Follow the path, across the small bridge entering Bass Recreation Ground and go straight on alongside the river.

Follow the city centre signs, (ignoring the bridge to the right over the river, which leads towards the County Cricket ground) and go under the ring road. Emerging from the wide underpass there are views of Derby Weir, the Council House and Exeter bridge.

For the city centre shops take the path between the Council House and Bus Station. The Riverside path continues to Exeter bridge, where you can turn left for the Market Place, or cross the bridge and continue alongside the river to The Silk Mill and Cathedral Green.

The walking and cycling path continues alongside the river to Darley Park and beyond towards Duffield, as part of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way walking route.

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Family Activity Walk Duffield

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Family Activity Walk Belper

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Family Activity Walk Whatstandwell

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Family Activity Walk Cromford

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Family Activity Walk Matlock Bath

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Family Activity Walk Matlock

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Walk 1: Duffield Station to Belper Station

Walk number 1, is a 4 mile walk between Duffield and Belper over the Chevin and following the ancient Portway along the ridge of the Derwent Valley.

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Walk 2: Belper Station to Duffield Station

Walk number 2, is a 6 mile walk between Belper and Duffield through open country with superb views linking together the historic settlements of Bargate and Holbrook.

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Walk 3: Belper Station to Ambergate Station

Walk number 3, is an 8 mile walk between Belper and Ambergate along the valley ridge, with two steady climbs through farmland and ancient woodland.

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Walk 4: Ambergate Station to Belper Station

Walk number 4, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Belper through farmland with a short climb providing excellent views of Heage Windmill from the valley ridge.

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Walk 5: Ambergate Station to Whatstandwell Station:

Walk number 5, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Whatstandwell through ancient woodland, old parkland and open farmland, with excellent views. There are no really steep climbs

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Walk 6: Whatstandwell Station to Ambergate Station

Walk number 6, is a steep 3.5 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Ambergate via Crich through farmland, Crich Chase woodlands and along the towpath of the Cromford Canal

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Walk 7: Whatstandwell Station to Cromford Station

Walk number 7, is a 4 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Cromford with a steep path section in Whatstandwell, through undulating farmland and along a surfaced track.

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Walk 8: Cromford Station to Whatstandwell Station

Walk number 8, is a 4 mile walk between Cromford and Whatstandwell combining the Cromford Canal towpath with steep climbs through woodland. The views of the Derwent Valley are spectacular.

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Walk 9: Cromford Station to Matlock Bath Station

Walk number 9, is an easy 2.25 mile walk between Cromford and Matlock Bath taking in the historic village of Cromford and a lovely woodland path.

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Walk 10: Matlock Bath Station to Cromford Station

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Walk 11: Matlock Bath Station to Matlock Station

Walk number 11 is a 3 mile walk through woods and fields with fine views between Matlock Bath and Matlock.

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Walk 12: Matlock Station to Matlock Bath Station

Walk number 12, is a 2 mile walk between Matlock and Matlock Bath alongside the River Derwent and with a climb to High Tor with its spectacular views.

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Matlock Bath Accessible Trail

A 1¼ mile Accessible Sensory Trail has been created to bring the Matlock Bath experience to all.

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