GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bennerley Viaduct Walk

4 miles (5.8 km)

This circular walk visit the Bennerley Viaduct, a now disused railwayviaductspanning theErewash ValleybetweenAwsworthandIlkeston. The route runs for about 3.5 miles with nice waterside sections along the Erewash Canal and the River Erewash. It's a fairly flat, easy walk, taking place on mostly waymarked public footpaths.
The walk starts from Ilkeston Train Station on the Erewash Valley Line. Head west from the station and you will soon come to the Erewash Canal which you can follow north toward the viaduct. The viaduct was built between May 1876 and November 1877 and forms part of theGreat Northern Railway Derbyshire Extensionwhich was built in part to exploit the coalfields inDerbyshireandNottinghamshire. Shortly after passing the structure you can pick up footpaths heading east toward Awsworth. Here you can pick up the Erewash Valley Trail, a waymarked long distance trail.
This will take you south along the River Erewash towards Cossall Common and Cossal Marsh. Turn west here and you will soon return to the train station.


DE7 8PX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bennerley Viaduct OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bennerley Viaduct Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Dewdrop Inn is located just south of the viaduct, next to Ilkeston rail station. The friendly pub has a fine selection of real ales and serves a popular cheese cob. You can find them at 24 Station with postcode DE7 5TE for your sat navs. They are dog friendly and also have a garden area for warmer days.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Bennerley Viaduct - - 15955

Bennerley Viaduct. The viaduct crosses the River Erewash and carried trains until Dr Beeching's axe fell in the 1960s. The wrought iron viaduct was built in 1879 and is now a listed structure.

On Bennerley Viaduct - - 1409622

On Bennerley Viaduct. This fine wrought iron structure is a listed monument. A proposed foot- and cycleway across the Viaduct has not come to fruition, although it is possible to walk across. In the distance is Cotmanhay, a suburb of Ilkeston.

Bennerley Viaduct Bridge - - 702160

Bennerley Viaduct Bridge. This 1400 feet long, wrought iron bridge was built in 1877 and is one of only two of it's kind in England. It was constructed to carry the Great Northern Railway, over the River Ereash and was closed to traffic in 1973 and is now classed as a Grade II listed building.

Cotmanhay - - 1409652

Cotmanhay Large council estate on the north of Ilkeston, seen from the embankment of Bennerley Viaduct with Bennerley Fields School in the foreground.

Bennerley Marshes - - 1409639

Bennerley Marshes, just south of the viaduct. The River Erewash winds its way through an area of low-lying land subject to flooding due to mining subsidence. View looking south from the Viaduct.

Former coal preparation plant - - 1409626

Former coal preparation plant east of the structure. All the buildings here have been completely removed, leaving only the concrete roadways as witness. The area is now a haven for wildlife.

The Nottingham Canal - - 177098

The Nottingham Canal east of the viaduct. Terraced cottages alongside the canal.

The Erewash Canal at Ilkeston - - 3048489

The Erewash Canal at Ilkeston


GPS Files

GPX File

Bennerley Viaduct.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Bennerley Viaduct.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)