10 great walks near the River Derwent

Boats for hire on the Derwent by Sally Moseley

Boats for hire on the Derwent by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Spanning 66 miles, the River Derwent is Derbyshire’s longest and deepest river and the life force of the county, such is its importance to the human history of the region, a 15-mile stretch has been deemed by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. We pick a selection of walks fromour archive that take in a section of the Derwent.

Footbridge at Bamford Mill by Sally Moseley

Footbridge at Bamford Mill by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Bamford
Bamford may be famous for its prximity to the nearby Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, but this walk takes in Bamford Mill which was once powered by the River Derwent.
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The River Derwent taken from Leadmill Bridge by Sally Moseley

The River Derwent taken from Leadmill Bridge by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Hathersage
Leaving Hathersage, the route ascends past Hazelford, followed by a switchback hike to Highlow and Offerton then a gentle descent through fields returning to river level. It ends with a stretch of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way for a tantalising glimpse of Nether Hall from the riverside path.
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Autumn in Baslow by Ian Moorcroft

Autumn in Baslow by Ian Moorcroft - Credit: Archant

Baslow
This walk follows an old coach road from Baslow on a hike to the hills and moors where swathes of heather will flower in late August to create a purple sea. Curbar Gap forms a break in the long escarpment of Edges. Here we descend to the river far below, passing ancient monuments, curiosities and quaint little cottages along the way. The walk ends with a riverside path through wild flower meadows and the tucked away hamlet of Bubnell.
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Paine's ornate bridge over the Derwent by Sally Moseley

Paine's ornate bridge over the Derwent by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Chatsworth
Possibly the most famous stretch of the River Derwent passes through the Chatsworth Estate. This scenic walk around Chatsworth Park and the estate village of Beeley follows quiet riverside paths and woodland tracks with a dash of hilltop hike and the chance to call in at the House along the way.
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Matlock Bath by David Gatenby

Matlock Bath by David Gatenby - Credit: Archant

Matlock
This walk sets off from Matlock Bridge, an important crossing of the Derwent since Medieval times when it was known as Pontem de Matelock. Originally a narrow packhorse bridge, the 15th century structure was widened on the upstream side in 1904 to cater for 'modern' traffic requirements.
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Bridge over the Cromford Canal by Sally Moseley

Bridge over the Cromford Canal by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Alderwasley and Cromford Canal
Start your walk at Ambergate beside the long, many-arched bridge that spans both a mill stream and the recently united waters of the Amber and Derwent rivers and take in another important waterway in for form of the Cromford Canal.
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Weir and sluce gates beside North Mill by Sally Moseley

Weir and sluce gates beside North Mill by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Belper
This walk wanders through riverside meadows, ambles along quiet lanes and ascends an old path rewarded with aerial views across the valley. Along the way see how the River Derwent has been shaped and is swollen by a succession of weirs and sluices, and marvel at the old mills, early industrial factories and housing, often sympathetically preserved alongside modern counterparts.
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Duffield Bridge by Sally Moseley

Duffield Bridge by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Duffield
Duffield is within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Area, the River Derwent holding particular importance to the many mills that were powered by it.
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Darley Abbey Mills by Sally Moseley

Darley Abbey Mills by Sally Moseley - Credit: Archant

Derby
From the hustle and bustle of Derbyshire's capital city, take a sightseeing walk to where it all began - the site of Derventio on the banks of the River Derwent.
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Elvaston Castle Park by Martyn Wright

Elvaston Castle Park by Martyn Wright - Credit: Archant

Elvaston
Elvaston Castle Country Park is located near the most southern part of the River Derwent, where it meets the River Trent near Shardlow.
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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.