Erewash Valley Trail

The Erewash Valley Trail takes in over 30 miles of beautiful waterway and countryside landscape on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire borders. The route is available for walking and cycling and offers good access to the fantastic wildlife and heritage features which make this area so interesting.

Erewash Valley Trail Map Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window The Erewash Valley Trail takes in beautiful countryside, wildlife and waterways but it's never far from the towns and villages on the borders of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Once renowned for mining and lace mills, our area has inspired great names like author D.H Lawrence, designer Paul Smith, and actor Robert Lindsay. Cleaner waterways have seen a rebirth over recent years as otters and salmon return and regular sightings of bitterns and water voles.

With easy routes for walking or cycling, but never far from amenities, the Erewash Valley is a great place to get away from it all without going far. Links across the valley make convenient short walks so why not try a section of the trail and find out more about our local heritage and wildlife.


The wildlife of the valley is diverse with wetlands and grasslands being particularly important habitats. Thanks to the Environment Agency the river quality has improved significantly over recent years and as fish stocks improve so many other species benefit.

The valley is a very important wildlife corridor and with the Trent Valley and the Attenborough Nature Reserve at its southernmost tip the valley acts as a conduit to extend the range of plants and animals. 

Find out more by downloading the pdf icon Wildlife Guide [4Mb].


The EVT partners work together to enhance the biodiversity, amenity and healthy living opportunities in the valley and recognising the unique character of the area, this partnership created the Trail in 2010. Substantial financial support from the 6C's Green Infrastructure Fund as well as partner contributions, have enabled work to improve habitats and access in the valley and promote the opportunities it offers.

The partners are:

  • Broxtowe Borough Council 
  • Erewash Borough Council 
  • Environment Agency
  • Derbyshire County Council 
  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 
  •  Nottinghamshire County Council 
  •  NHS Nottinghamshire County (Broxtowe) 
  •  Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • 6C's
  • East Midlands Development Agency
  • Trent River Park 

More information

Information including maps, guides, leaflets and walks.

Contact Us

Broxtowe Borough Council

T: (0115) 917 7777
F: (0115) 917 3555

Erewash Borough Council

T: (0845) 907 2244

Page Last Updated: 18/10/2016