Derwent Valley Heritage Way
51 mile exploration of the historic Derwent Valley

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 51 mile walk that explores the beauty and heritage of Derbyshire’s River Derwent.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: Ladybower to Baslow (12.3m)
Day 2: Baslow to Whatstandwell (16.1m)
Day 3: Whatstandwell to Derby (14.4m)
Day 4: Derby to end of route (9.4m) then back to accommodation at Shardlow (10.5m)

 

£650 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£540 per person
(based on two sharing)
£505 per person (based on group of 3)
£485 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Ladybower to Rowsley (16.9m)
Day 2: Rowsley to Milford, Belper (18.4m)
Day 3: Milford, Belper to end of route (16.5m) then back to accommodation at Shardlow (17.6m)

 

£480 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£410 per person
(based on two sharing)
£390 per person (based on group of 3)
£380 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Ladybower to Curbar (10.6m)
Day 2: Curbar to Darley Bridge (9.7m)
Day 3: Darley Bridge to Whatstandwell (8.7m)
Day 4: Whatstandwell to Makeney (7.9m)
Day 5: Mackaney to Derby (6.5m)
Day 6: Derby to end of route (9.4m) then back to accommodation at Shardlow (10.5m)

 

£885 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£740 per person
(based on two sharing)
£690 per person (based on group of 3)
£665 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£225 per person (single)
£115 per person
(based on two sharing)
£80 per person (based on group of 3)
£60 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£140 per person (single)
£70 per person
(based on two sharing)
£50 per person (based on group of 3)
£40 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£295 per person (single)
£150 per person
(based on two sharing)
£100 per person (based on group of 3)
£75 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £60.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information
The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile (88.5km) walk that explores the beauty and heritage of Derbyshire’s River Derwent.

The initiative for developing this walk came from the Derwent Valley Trust (www.nationalheritagecorridor.org.uk/).

Opened in 2003, the route follows the river from Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park, via Chatsworth and the superb scenery of the Derbyshire Dales, before passing through the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Taking the Riverside Path through Derby, the Way continues through the historic port of Shardlow to journey’s end at Derwent Mouth, where the Derwent flows into the River Trent.

OS Explorer Maps
OL1 - Peak District - Dark Peak area
OL24 - Peak District - White Peak area
259 - Derby
260 - Nottingham
269 - Chesterfield & Alfreton

Guide Books
"The Derwent Valley Heritage Way" Published by The Derwent Valley Trust - ISBN: 978-1090813151

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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Walkers' Testimonials

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2 Replies to “Derwent Valley Heritage Way”

  1. Just completed a 4 day walk on the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail – hassle-free due to very good organisation and excellent accommodation booked by the team. Easy walk to follow with very clear waymarks (generally) and fairly level through wonderful scenery and great history. Springtime is a good time to go with banks of bluebells, wild garlic and gorse, and lots of lambs too.

  2. Susan and I want to thank you for completely exemplary service on our recent walk through the Derwent Valley (and if you want to take credit for the outstanding walking weather and spectacular spring greenery, we are happy to extend that, too).
    You team picked up our luggage from the initial location without a hitch; in every case, bags arrived well ahead of our arrival on foot later in the day. The one smaller establishment we asked you to call, in Whatstandwell, said you did, and the proprietor was delighted by the arrangements, and intends to spread the word about your service.
    So will we.
    Thanks to your whole team. This is a great new option for us for future UK travels, and we hope your capabilities will be more widely publicized so more walkers will do the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, with all its pleasures and charms, knowing they can arrange with Brigantes for brilliantly professional service, from your gracious initial response to our query through the final-day delivery of our goods.
    THANK YOU for contributing so much to a wonderful vacation.
    John and Susan, Lexington, Mass., U.S.A.

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