Explore the river in the heart of England

The Derwent Valley Trust promotes the history, arts, wildlife, access and leisure opportunities that surround the river Derwent along its 55 mile course through the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, Peak District, and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Support our project with the aim to enable you to ride, walk, canoe or cycle the Derwent Valley Heritage .Way - safely and away from traffic


Aspirational project to create an off road cycleway between Derby and Baslow passing through the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site


Discover the beauty, splendour and heritage of Derbyshire’s River Derwent by following the Heritage Way

Arts Crawl

A free year-long feast for art lovers of all kinds, transforming the Derwent Valley into an eclectic showcase of local artists.


An aspirational project to open up the River Derwent to navigation by canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards

Horse Riding

An aspirational project to create a trail for horse riders along the Derwent Valley.

About the Trust

Learn about our work to promote and develop leisure opportunities in the Derwent Valley

Order the walking guide

Support the trust by buying our guide to the route

News and Events

ByHiggers Nov 19, 2018

Derwent Valley Cycleway Campaign Ride

 Saturday 18 May The campaign ride is to show the support for, and demonstrate the need for a traffic free cycle route between Derby and Chatsw

ByHiggers Nov 19, 2018

Website launch

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ByHiggers Oct 8, 2018

Derwent Valley Trust delighted to launch new website

The Derwent Valley Trust are delighted to announce that its new website is now live! Derek Latham, Chair, Derwent Valley Trust: “The new