GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Midland Railway Centre - Golden Valley, Butterley Reservoir Walk

3 miles (5 km)

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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Midland Railway Centre OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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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 ofBrackenfield 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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Midland Railway Centre - Butterley - geograph.org.uk - 1022105

Midland Railway Centre, Butterley. Preserved locomotive 80098 in steam at the end of the platform.

Midland Railway Centre - Butterley - geograph.org.uk - 1035621

Butterley. The line looking towards Hammersmith station

Butterley Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1307438

Butterley Reservoir. Constructed as a feedwater reservoir for the Cromford Canal. The embankment carried the former Midland Railway branch from Crich Junction to Pye Bridge Junction, and now forms part of the Midland Railway Centre's operating line.

Paths next to Codnor Park Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1463257

Paths next to Codnor Park Reservoir

Butterley Tunnel - geograph.org.uk - 1805393

Butterley Tunnel. This carried the Cromford Canal through the watershed between the Erewash and Amber Valleys. It was closed due to subsidence from the coal mining in the area.

Footpath in Golden Valley - geograph.org.uk - 43959

Footpath in Golden Valley. This photograph is looking in an easterly direction towards the Riddings to Codnor road. A number of woodland trails and other visitor amenities have been created to extend the appeal of visiting the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley.

Butterley Gangroad - geograph.org.uk - 1304482

Butterley Gangroad. This fine stone embankment carried the old Butterley Gangroad. This was a narrow gauge railway linking Hilt's Quarry at Crich with the Cromford Canal at Bull Bridge. It was owned by the Butterley Company and was a source of limestone for use in the smelting of iron at the nearby Butterley Works. The gangroad was in use from 1793 to 1933, originally using horses, with steam locomotives being used from around 1860.

Cromford and Butterley - geograph.org.uk - 1450989

Cromford and Butterley. The track follows the course of a railway which was part of the private network of the Butterley Company. To the left of the track is the alignment of the former Cromford Canal, here filled in.

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