GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Derby Canal

6 miles (10 km)

Follow the Derby canal from the centre of the city to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Swarkestone. The flat path runs for about 6 miles and is suitable for cyclists or walkers.
The route starts in the city centre and follows the River Derwent past Pride Park football stadium and The Sanctuary Bird and Wildlife Reserve. You then come to Alvaston Park where you turn south away from the river, following the path through the suburbs of Allenton, Boulton and Shelton Lock. At Swarkestone Lock the canal ends, meeting with the Trent and Mersey Canal. You can extend your exercise by heading east or west along the canal.
You could also continue south along the Cloud Trail to Worthington.
Another good option is to continue following the river east at Alvaston Park and head to Elvaston Castle Country Park. It's only a couple of miles away and has a lovely lake and nice woodland trails to try. Just to the north of the canal there's nice riverside walks through the popular Darley Abbey Park.

Derby Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Derby Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Cockayne's Bridge over the Derby Canal (07)

Cockayne's Bridge over the Derby Canal

The Derby Canal - geograph.org.uk - 836997

This short stub off the Erewash Canal just north of Sandiacre Lock marks what was the Derby canal. After here it becomes pretty much invisible except for some now redundant bridges.

The old Derby Canal - geograph.org.uk - 944805

View west from Ullicker's bridge showing the filled in bed of the Canal. There is a public footpath along virtually the whole length of the Canal

Derby Canal footpath - geograph.org.uk - 944899

An improved section of the path to the east of Anglers Lane.

GPS Files

GPX File

Derby Canal.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Derby Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)