GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Derby Nomad Way

49 miles (79 km)

This waymarked, long distance route explores the countryside, villages and hills surrounding the city of Derby.
The route meanders through the undulating countryside of Amber Valley, Erewash Valley, and South Derbyshire, passing through 22 Civil Parishes in the rural areas around the Derby City boundary. Along the way, there are numerous industrial archaeological sites, an abundance of medieval features, and significant places of worship, all of great interest and historical significance. By using the public transport options available from the centre of Derby, walkers can choose a suitable linear section and return to the City via another service. All the footpaths and tracks are public rights-of-way and entirely within Derbyshire. The terrain is not challenging, and the walk is classified as ‘moderate’, making it particularly suitable for most active individuals and families. The walk offers opportunities for exploration and discovery for those who prefer not to commit to a full day of walking. Parts of the trail follow the former Derby Canal, as well as sections of the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Trent. Crossings of the River Derwent occur at Duffield and Church Wilne.
Villages along the ‘Nomad Way’ include Quarndon, Duffield, Little Eaton, Morley Smithy, Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale, Risley, Breaston, Draycott, Shardlow, Aston-on-Trent, Weston-on-Trent, Swarkestone, Barrow-on-Trent, Findern, Etwall, Dalbury, Lees, and Langley Common. Many of these locations have regular bus services to facilitate the start or end of a chosen section. There is a variety of inns and cafes in the form of canal-side taverns, lock-keepers' cottages, old coaching inns, and tea rooms offering a wide range of refreshments. The Derby Nomad Way aims to foster an interest in protecting the countryside and encourage an appreciation of the rich natural heritage that lies less than half an hour’s bus ride from Derby City centre.

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Derby Nomad Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Derby Nomad Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

The Derby Nomad Way at Rookhill Farm - geograph.org.uk - 6244089

The Derby Nomad Way at Rookhill Farm

The Derby Nomad Way at Highfields Farm - geograph.org.uk - 6244070

The Derby Nomad Way at Highfields Farm

Stiles and footbridge on the Derby Nomad Way - geograph.org.uk - 6246498

Stiles and footbridge on the Derby Nomad Way

A gate on the Derby Nomad Way - geograph.org.uk - 6246518

A gate on the Derby Nomad Way near Radbourne

Makeney Road Bridge-River Derwent, Duffield, Derbyshire - geograph.org.uk - 1829059

Makeney Road Bridge-River Derwent, Duffield, Derbyshire

Trent & Mersey Canal near Aston-on-Trent - geograph.org.uk - 4614463

Trent & Mersey Canal near Aston-on-Trent

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