Walking and cycling
in erewash

The rural Erewash area offers open space and hidden corners for short walks, longer adventures or quiet nature rambles.

The name Erewash comes from Old English meaning “wandering, marshy river’. Of course, the River Erewash is key to the area, running along the eastern edge and providing walks and riverside paths. Along the banks, walkers, runners and cyclists enjoy the paths that provide local residents with quick access to a spot of nature.

The Erewash Canal, once a major highway for moving goods and material through the area, runs along the east of the Erewash area, with the tow path creating interesting routes for walking and cycling through a mix of rural and urban backgrounds.

You can get a walk with a view at Stoney Clouds. where the view extends 14 miles to Crich Stand on a clear day.

Across Erewash, a number of other Local Nature Reserves have been established, providing pockets of tranquillity and green space for locals and wildlife to enjoy. Some, like Stanton Gate, are small and compact and bounded by major roads. Others, like Straw’s Bridge and Forbes Hole are larger and more varied and provide car parks and picnic areas. All are open to the public at all times and are an easy way to take a break from the everyday.

When more time is available, there are circular walks at Manor Floods and Shardlow Circular and long distance routes along the Erewash Valley Trail, Nutbrook Trail, Derwent Valley and Heritage Way. With a mix of solid paths and tracks, these routes offer easy access for bikes, buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

The Erewash countryside provides an outdoor escape for everyone living on its outskirts and is easily accessible from Derby and Nottingham.

plenty OF Options for walking and cycling IN erewash

Derwent Valley Heritage Way, Little Eaton – Start point

Follow a short section of the 55 mile path, from Shardlow to Belper.

This section of the route goes through a mainly urban landscape, along stretches of roads and track interspersed with picturesque mills and historic villages.

Forbes Hole

A small but varied 8 acre nature reserve on the edge of Long Eaton.

Forbes Hole is one of a series of borrowpits, dug in 1939 to provide ballast for the railways. The site has developed a wealth of animal and plant life and is now a valuable Local Nature Reserve.

Visitors can see wildflowers, moths and butterflies and the hedgerows which provide homes for wood mice, common shrews and hedgehogs. Wheelchair access to the north of the ponds.

Great Northern Greenway

A 5.2 km/3.2 mile flat, all-weather surface that runs along the route of the former Great Northern Railway.

The trail has an all-weather surface and provides easy access year round for walkers, prams, mobility scooters, cyclists and horse riders. It is route 672 on the Cycle Network Route.

Manor Floods Local Nature Reserve

Water, wildflife and a 4.7km circular walk.

Close to Straw’s Bridge and on the Nutbrook Trail, this Reserve is a great spot for anglers, walkers and cyclists. The circular route goes among the lakes, fields and woodland.

Paths are a mix of paved and grass (and mud, depending on the weather). Car parking area available.

Nutbrook Trail: Sandiacre and Stapleford

A 10 mile traffic-free path, travelling though Erewash between Long Eaton and north Ilkeston.

The flat route follows the towpath and the old railway line.

Fox Covert Local Nature Reserve

Part of the larger West Park, this wooded area next to the Erewash Canal is particularly important for insects, trees, wildflowers and as nesting sites for birds.

Pewit Carr Local Nature Reserve

A wildflower meadow and pond, close to Manor Floods and Straw’s Bridge.

A carr is a type of waterlogged wooded terrain dominated by shrubs rather than trees. Pewitt Carr is the result of old mining subsidence (called a subsidence flash) and is made up of wetland, reedbeds, the old canal, flowering meadows and open water and is an important haven for plants, animals and insects.

Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve, off Wirksworth Road, Kirk Hallam.

A place of tranquility, tucked away behind houses.

Paved paths, a brook, lake and woods make this an interesting visit for all ages. A path leads to Dale Abbey for those who want a longer walk.

Stanton Gate

A small Nature Reserve, with a small amount of off road parking and access off Stanton Gate at the end of Moorbridge Lane.

Bounded by the M1 motorway, the Erewash Canal and Moorbridge Lane, this small area of land was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1999.

Trent Valley Way from Shardlow

The Shardlow Circular walk is a 6.4km/4 mile section of the Trent Valley Way which runs from the source of the River Trent near Bidulph Moor to the Humber Estuary.

One of the county’s longer walks passes along the Southern part of Broxtowe taking in the sights of Attenborough Nature Reserve and Weir Field Recreation Ground.

The trail follows the course of the River Trent from close to its source at Biddulph Moor all the way through to Alkborough on the Humber Estuary.

The Lightning Tree

On No Man’s Lane and one of the highest points in the area, with views in all directions and, on clear days, across 5 counties.

The tree is known by various names including the Hangman’s Oak, the Stag Tree, the Crooked Tree and The Blasted Oak.

A footpath runs past the tree towards Risley, joining up with the Midshires Way.