Walks along the Derwent Valley

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A range of walks linking the train stations along the Derwent Valley has been launched by Derbyshire County Council.

The routes are set to encourage walkers to leave the car at home while they experience the countryside on their doorstep.

Twelve scenic walks are listed in three new guides which take in train the stations along the Derwent Valley.

There are walks between two and eight miles between Belper and Duffield, Whatstandwell, Ambergate, Matlock and Cromford, stations.

They offer excellent views of the Derwent Valley area and take in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Sites and landmarks such as Riber Castle, the Heights of Abraham and Duffield Castle.

Visitors can choose one or more walks to create a circular route or use the train to get back to their starting point. Frequent trains run between Matlock, Derby and Nottingham and the local Derwent Valley stations.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport Councillor Simon Spencer said: “These routes give walkers a great opportunity to leave the car at home and head out to experience the beautiful Derwent Valley.”

The guides are available online by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/derwentvalleymills.

They are also available from Derbyshire County Council countryside centres and mills in the World Heritage Sites at a cost of 35p each.

For train times call National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.