Derwent Valley Heritage Way
Follow the River Derwent through the Derbyshire Peak District on this stunning walk. The path runs from Derwent Mouth, Shardlow and passes through Derby, Belper and Matlock on your way to the finish point at Ladybower Reservoir, Heatherdene.
Highlights on the route include a lovely section along the Cromford Canal from Cromford to Ambergate. You'll also pass the splendid Chatsworth Park with its 1000 acres of parkland with woodland trails and fallow deer. At Matclock you will pass High Tor hill where you can enjoy some wonderful views over the surrounding area.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a purple disc.
Derwent Valley Heritage Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Derwent Valley Heritage Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Derwent Valley Heritage Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Derwent Valley Heritage Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to Wheatcroft’s Wharf at Cromford Mills for some lovely canalside refreshments. There's several tables right next to the water making it the ideal spot to relax on a fine day. They have a good menu with fresh ‘made to order’ food from oven baked potatoes to homemade soup, Paninis, Pizza, summer salads or a simple sandwich.
The site is also worth spending some time at with a wealth of information on this area. Cromford Mill is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the centre there's interactive displays, games and puzzles that tell the story of how the valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry and its global impact. You can find the site at a postcode of DE4 3RQ for your sat navs.
Pictured above the Arkwirght Mill and the cafe at Cromford Mills.
In Rowsley there's The Peacock. The fine hotel includes a restaurant which has been awarded three AA rosettes. The hotel dates from the 1830s and is part of the Haddon Estate, owned by Lord and Lady Edward Manners who live at nearby Haddon Hall. At The Peacock there's also an informal bar area with an open fire and a good lunch menu. They have a lovely garden area and are located in a fine spot close to the river in the village. You can find them on Bakewell Road at postcode DE4 2EB for your sat navs. Rowsley is also home to the modern Peak Shopping Village. Here you'll find a good range of stores with plenty of eateries for refreshment.
In Little Eaton there's a few options including the New Inn. They do a fine Sunday lunch and have a pleasant garden area to relax in. You can find them at postcode DE21 5DR for your sat navs.