New guidebook to the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

New guidebook to the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way was opened by the previous Duke of Devonshire in April 2003. It was conceived by the Derwent Valley Trust and supported by the local authorities and various businesses and other bodies in the area.  The Way is a 55 mile footpath from Ladybower Reservoir along the River Derwent to its confluence with the River Trent at Shardlow. It is traverses open countryside, small villages and towns and the City of Derby. It passes through the Chatsworth Estate and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as well as passing many other museums, sites of interest and places to distract the walker.

A guidebook was published to coincide with the opening but has been out of print for several years now. This new edition has been updated and has new maps from Ordnance Survey at 1:2500 scale with photographs to support the text. The route is described in detail along with the things to look out for on the way and includes details of accommodation and public transport links. It has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in association with DerwentWise.

The route is described in 10 sections, each of between about 5 and 8 miles. These can be walked independently making use of public transport or linked together as desired. The guide is a handy size of approximately 23cm x 13cm with 96 pages in full colour. It costs £12.50 including postage and can be ordered through the Trust’s web site at

Design by Design Cabin and publication by Bannister Publications, Chesterfield.

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