Derwent Valley Heritage Way 5, Calton Lees to Rowsley

On Tuesday 14 August I had a date in Sheffield to give platelets, and decided to drive. That was a mistake – Matlock Bath was a traffic jam. I stopped at the Calton Lees car park and did the next little bit of the Heritage Way. Not a walk with stunning views, not a walk with lots of history or things to point out … but a pleasant walk none the less.

Rowsley was a major railway centre – and the stations have two pages on the Disused Stations site – website (lots of excellent history and good photos here). I went under the viaduct which carried the Matlock-Manchester line over the Derwent, through the village centre, and round by the Peak Shopping Centre (which includes the original station).

In the village itself are some good looking pubs on the A6, and a bus stop with direct services to Allestree (which should make it easier for me to bus, walk, and bus).

I returned on the east side of the river – succulent blackberries to eat, past Beeley church (not got time to stop), and back over the river to the car. Only 4 miles, but that’s better than nothing.


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