GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Circular Walk Around Little Eaton

6 miles (9.5 km)

This Derbyshire based village is a pleasant place for a walk with riverside trails and the expansive Allestree Park park to explore.
This circular walk from the village explores the area to the north of the settlement, visiting the neighbouring town of Duffield and the River Derwent.
The walk starts in the village and heads north along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way towards the river where you can enjoy views of the picturesque weir by the Peckwash Paper Mill. Continue north and you will soon come to the Makeney Road bridge which will take you over the river into Duffield. In the town you can enjoy pleasant walks around the Millennium Meadows Nature Reserve where there are views of the Rivers Ecclesbourne and Derwent. The area is also good for wildlife spotting with water loving birds to look out for on the rivers. From here you can pick up the Midshires Way and visit the ruins of Duffield Castle which dates to the 11th century.
The route then retraces its steps to the bridge where you can pick up a section of the Centenary Way and follow it east to Eaton Park Wood. You then head south past Eaton Hill before returning to village.

Little Eaton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Little Eaton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Little Eaton

  • Duffield - This Derbyshire based town has some nice riverside trails, the remains of an old castle and a fine heritage railway to enjoy
  • Ecclesbourne Way - A walk through the Ecclesbourne Valley from Duffield to Wirksworth.
  • Cromford Canal - Enjoy a waterside stroll along the Cromford Canal on this easy walk in Derbyshire
  • Midshires Way - This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester
  • Shining Cliff Woods - Enjoy waymarked walking trails through this peaceful woodland nearAmbergate
  • Allestree Park - This large park in Derby covers 320 acres and includes miles of good footpaths for walkers to try
  • Kedleston Hall - Explore the 820 acres of parkland surrounding this country house near Derby in the Peak District
  • Carsington Water - This route follows the circular cycling and walking trail around Carsington Water in Ashbourne, Derbyshire
  • Midland Railway Centre - This heritage railway in Derbyshire's Butterley has a delightful 35 acre country park with a wide range of wildlife areas and great views of the passing steam trains
  • Alfreton - The town of Alfreton is located in the Amber Valleydistrict ofDerbyshire
  • Alport Castles - This walk visits this extraordinary geological feature in the Peak District National Park
  • Kedleston Hall - Explore the 820 acres of parkland surrounding this country house near Derby in the Peak District
  • Codnor Park Reservoir - This walk visits the Codnor Park Reservoir in Derbyshire

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village the New Inn is a nice place for some post exercise rest and refreshment. 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.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The New Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Photos

Church Hall, Little Eaton - geograph.org.uk - 18626

Church Hall, Little Eaton

Level crossing at Little Eaton - geograph.org.uk - 2502277

Level crossing at Little Eaton

Peckwash Paper Mill on the Derwent - geograph.org.uk - 145027

Peckwash Paper Mill on the Derwent. This weir on the Derwent between Duffield and Little Eaton would once have been used to power Peckwash paper mill. Peckwash mill is recorded as being one of the largest paper mills in the world in the 19th century.

Duffield - Makeney Road bridge over River Derwent (geograph 2828936)

Duffield - Makeney Road bridge over River Derwent

Park Farm on Eaton Hill - geograph.org.uk - 145041

Two dogs pose for the camera at Park Farm on Eaton Hill. Park Farm enjoys a spectacular location on top of Eaton Hill. From its lofty position extensive views along the Derwent valley can be enjoyed.

Trackway in Eatonpark Wood - geograph.org.uk - 145036

Trackway in Eatonpark Wood. The Midshires Way and Centenary Way both follow the route of this ancient trackway through Eatonpark wood just north of Little Eaton.

The River Derwent near Little Eaton (geograph 2964793)

The River Derwent near Little Eaton

The Derwent is joined by the Ecclesbourne - geograph.org.uk - 2383982

The Derwent is joined by the Ecclesbourne in Duffield

GPS Files

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