GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Derwent Valley Heritage Way

51 miles (82 km)

Follow the River Derwent through the Derbyshire Peak District on this stunning walk. The path runs from Derwent Mouth, Shardlow and passes through Derby, Belper and Matlock on your way to the finish point at Ladybower Reservoir, Heatherdene.
Highlights on the route include a lovely section along the Cromford Canal from Cromford to Ambergate. You'll also pass the splendid Chatsworth Park with its 1000 acres of parkland with woodland trails and fallow deer. At Matclock you will pass High Tor hill where you can enjoy some wonderful views over the surrounding area.
The hill also includes the exciting narrow walkway of Giddy Edge.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a purple disc.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Derwent Valley Heritage Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to Wheatcroft’s Wharf at Cromford Mills for some lovely canalside refreshments. There's several tables right next to the water making it the ideal spot to relax on a fine day. They have a good menu with fresh ‘made to order’ food from oven baked potatoes to homemade soup, Paninis, Pizza, summer salads or a simple sandwich.
The site is also worth spending some time at with a wealth of information on this area. Cromford Mill is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the centre there'sinteractive displays, games and puzzles that tell the story of how the valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry and its global impact.You can find the site at a postcode of DE4 3RQ for your sat navs.
Cromford - Arkwright Mill - - 911826 Cromford Mill Cafe - - 1285645
Pictured above the Arkwirght Mill and the cafe at Cromford Mills.
In Rowsley there's The Peacock. The fine hotel includes a restaurant which has been awarded three AA rosettes. The hotel dates from the1830s and is part of the Haddon Estate, owned by Lord and Lady Edward Manners who live at nearby Haddon Hall. At The Peacock there's also an informal bar area with an open fire and a good lunch menu. They have a lovely garden area and are located in a fine spot close to the river in the village. You can find them on Bakewell Road at postcode DE4 2EB for your sat navs. Rowsley is also home to the modern Peak Shopping Village. Here you'll find a good range of stores with plenty of eateries for refreshment.
In Little Eaton there's a few options including the New Inn. They do a fine Sunday lunch and have a pleasant garden area to relax in. You can find them at postcode DE21 5DR for your sat navs.


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Approaching the picnic area from Heatherdene Car Park at Ladybower Reservoir.

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DVH Way. Looking north, between Froggatt Edge and the River Derwent

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Picnic Area Overlooking Ladybower Reservoir, the summit of Win Hill can be seen in the distance.

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Little Eaton. The trail passes through Little Eaton after leaving Derby. The majority of the traffic that once used the road in this view (B6179 formerly the A38) has now transferred to the new A38 further to the right.

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Picnic Area overlooking Ladybower Reservoir. The summit of Win Hill can be seen in the distance.

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Allestree. The bridge where the River Derwent passes under the A38 can just be seen in the centre of the picture.

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Cromford Canal The stretch just to the east of Leawood Aqueduct.The towpath now forms part of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way footpath. Crich Standwith the Sherwood Foresters memorial beacon can be seen in the distance.

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Walking by Lindop Wood


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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