This easy cycling and walking trail runs from Long Eaton to Heanor along the Erewash Canal and a dismantled railway line. It runs for about 10 miles and is part of National Cycle Route 67. It's a great one for families or anyone looking for a safe, flat ride or walk.
The route starts in Long Eaton next to West Park and follows the Erewash Canal north through Sandiacre and Stapleford. It's a pleasant section along the canal towpath with pretty locks and old stone bridges.
Just after Stapleford you leave the canal and bear west toward Ilkeston along a dismantled railway line. You'll pass through the pretty Manor Floods Nature Reserve where there is a nice lake and lots of wildlife to look out for. The final section takes you through the lovely Shipley Country Park to the finish point at Heanor. It's a great park with 700 acres of woodland, lakes and parkland.
To extend your outing you could pick up the circular Erewash Valley Trail and further explore the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire countryside on your bike or on foot.
Nutbrook Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Nutbrook Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Nutbrook Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Nutbrook Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Nutbrook Coffee Shop is located right on the trail, minutes from Shipley Park. It's about a 30 minute walk from the Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre (1.7 miles), following the Nutbrook Trail past Osbournes Pond. There's a great selection of freshly made sandwiches, panini’s, pies, pasties and a fantastic range of cakes. There's a very pretty garden area to sit out in and it's also dog friendly. You can find it on the trail at postcode DE7 6BQ for your sat navs.