Midland Railway Centre - Golden Valley, Butterley Reservoir Walk
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. The walk takes you around Butterley Reservoir, through Butterley park and on to Codnor Park Reservoir before finishing at Riddings station where you could catch the train back to the start point at Butterley.
It's a lovely place for a stroll with views of the Golden Valley and a section of the disused Cromford Canal to see too.
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You can pick up the circular Alfreton Walk at nearby Pentrich. This route explores the area around the town, visiting the woodland of the Oakerthorpe Nature Reserve on the way.
Head north west from the centre and you will soon come to expansive Ogston Reservoir. This large lake is located near the village of Brackenfield and is notable as one of Derbyshire's premier bird watching sites.
A few miles west of the town you can pick up another section of the old Cromford Canal near Crich. You'll also find the excellent Tramway Village in this area too. This fascinating museum contains over 60 trams built between 1873 and 1982 and is set within a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks page.