Your Journey

Jump aboard the scenic Derwent Valley Line train service between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock.

Click on a station to start your journey

Your journey begins in the open landscape of the Trent Valley between Nottingham and Derby.

From Derby you’ll travel through riverside meadows and ancient woodlands, with panoramic views across the hillsides of the picturesque Derwent Valley. Before emerging from the tunnel beneath High Tor and into Matlock.

Your Scenic Journey on the Derwent Valley Line

Your journey begins through the open landscape of the Trent Valley between Nottingham and Derby, with great views across the wetlands of Attenborough Nature Reserve. Shortly after departing from Derby, views of riverside meadows appear around Duffield and Belper before gradually turning to steeper sided ancient woodlands, hugging the hillsides.

After numerous crossings of the River Derwent, a panoramic vista welcomes passengers into Cromford with fine views across Cromford Meadows 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 beneath which your train emerges out of the tunnel and into Matlock.

An illustrated guide ‘Views from the Train Window’ produced by Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site shows what you can see from the train, on your journey between Derby and Matlock.  

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