About the Trust

The Derwent Valley Trust was set up in 1996 to promote the history, arts, wildlife and leisure opportunities that surround the river Derwent along its 55 mile course through Derbyshire.

Supported by organisations including Derbyshire County Council and Sustrans the Trust has:

  • created the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, recognising the unique post-industrial landscape, heritage and social history of the valley
  • created of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way walking route along the river from Ladybower to Shardow
  • undertaken a feasibility study for a cycle route up the valley to improve sustainable access, which highlighted the obstacles to be overcome

Having understood how to address the issues raised in the feasibility study it is now proposing a revised, fully off highway, route with the support of many councils, organisations and would-be cyclists.

Current projects

Derwent Valley Walking Route

An established ten-section walking route from Ladybower reservoir to Shardlow.

Learn more about the Derwent Valley Walking route

Derwent Valley Cycleway

An aspirational project to create an off-road cycle-way between Derby and Matlock (approx 19.5 miles) following the course of the River Derwent as closely as possible.

Learn more about the Derwent Valley Cycleway

Derwent Valley Arts Crawl

An established project promoting the artists, studios and galleries based along the Derwent Valley,  from Grindleford in the north to Long Eaton in the south.

Each artist is within 5 miles of the River Derwent and the dedicated website has a dedicated page where you can read more about them, see examples of their work and find where they are located plus being able to have directions as to how to find them.

Learn more about the Derwent Valley Arts Crawl