Derwent Valley

Heritage Way

Walking Season



55 Miles





Trip Details

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile waymarked route which explores the length of Derbyshire’s River Derwent. The route was developed by the Derwent Valley Trust with input from the Peak National Park, and other local authorities, with support of the World Heritage status which is granted to the length of the route. This unique walking route is remarkably unique in that theres so much to do and see, yet the route itself is not over-crowded with long distance hikers. Instead as you enjoy its length you can immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the towns and hamlets dotted along its length. 

The river flows through an incredibly varied set of landscapes. You can expect to enjoy the Gritstone Edges of the Dark Peak, most natural, but some harshly quarried. Huge dams introduce you to the river, while stepping stones grant you passage across calmer sections. Meanwhile, industrial mills tower over sections of the river, telling stories of an industrial past which helped to create the communities and infrastructure which exists today. 

Expect to see herons and little grebes. The lucky few will experience kingfishers. Mammals include voles, bats and the occasional otters. Peer into the water to see trout and pike along with flyfishers spending quiet afternoons along the rivers edge.

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a treat to behold and for those who enjoy slow walking holidays it should certainly be a consideration.

Handpicked Accommodation

Yorkshire Bridge Inn

Your Accommodation in Ladybower

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Riverbank House

Your Accommodation in Matlock

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Little John Hotel

Your Accommodation in Hathersage

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Grange Farm B&B

Your Accommodation in Belper

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Travel: Travel from Home to Ladybower

Day 1: Walk from Ladybower to Matlock – 11 miles

Day 2: Walk from Matlock to Belper – 12 miles

Day 3: Walk from Belper to Shardlow-  16 miles

Day 4 (cont): Walk from Shardlow to the rivers mouth, and back to your B&B – 3 miles


Fixed Price Bookings!

We are trialling fixed price trips. That’s a single cost which covers the following:

Accommodation Costs

Luggage Transfer

Walking Materials (Maps & Guides)

Click on any of the orange buttons on this page to securely checkout with a fixed price Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday.


The Details

What we take care of

✓ Booking accommodation

✓ Booking luggage

✓ Sending an itinerary once your booking is complete

✓ Answering any questions you may have and helping where we can with any other planning requests you may have!

What we don't take care of

Evening meals

Packed lunches

Maps and Guidebooks

On Trip Support 

Flights and transport


Weather in England can be quick to change. We recommend planning for the worst (rain) and enjoying the best, which we often get during the summer. That means waterproofs are essential, and a bit of spirit in the event you do get rained on. That being said, much of the summer is rain free, and it can even get very hot, so please pack sunscreen.

Recommended Guidebooks

We recommend the excellent Hadrian’s Wall Path Cicerone Guidebook and the Harvey Strip Map.

Trip Information

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way can be enjoyed between the months of March and the end of October. This window is due to the luggage companies who run along the length of the wall. 

To make a booking please click one of the orange buttons. You will be taken to a new page where you can fill in a form, and we can begin to turn your plans into a reality. Alternatively, if you know what you want, and you are ready to go, feel free to checkout using one of the booking buttons under each itinerary. 

In making your booking we arrange a lot of rooms and often at busy periods of the year. Because availability is not a sure thing until a booking is fully confirmed, we work in the following way.

1. After securing a deposit we will start to book rooms under your name

2. Once we have finished we will send you a completed itinerary, and if you are happy with the details, send the remainder of your invoice. If you are not happy with the arrangements, we will do what we can to help. If we cannot help, and make the arrangements you are fully content with we will refund your deposit amount. 

Solo Walkers and Small Groups

At BookMyTrail we pride ourselves on being the no.1 company for solo walkers and small groups. We offer the best rates possible for solo walkers, and small groups because we are an internet based company, with remote workers, and no hefty rental fees to pay on office spaces. This keeps our costs down while allowing us to offer you a great service. 


All of our routes are generally well waymarked, however we do ask that our customers are comfortable with basic map reading. If you need a refresher, please download this excellent guide from OS.


We work exclsively with independant B&B’s, Inns and Hotels. We also book some hostels where none of the above is available, or at your request. Each of our B&B’s are individually checked. We do this using a number of methods. Where possible, we will visit. However we rely more on TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook reviews which give a great indication to the quality of an accommodation. 

Where possible accommodations are close to the trail. However this is not always an option, and we would rather book a good accommodation away from the route, over a bad accommodation on the route. 

Where accommodation has been booked away from your route, we will be sure to let you know, and give you the details to arrange a transfer if necessary. If the accommodation provider is helping with the transfer they will be expecting a call to arrange a pickup. If not, we will give you the number of a local cab, or bus details. 

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