Today the Derwent Valley is awake again, alive with creators and makers. A great place to explore, and discover all its heritage and busting community, along the river & canals that flow through it. Find out more about the sites below.
The World Heritage Site is set in the beautiful Derwent Valley, where the lowlands meet the rugged grandeur of the Peak District, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is a partnership between many land and building owners, organisations and visitor attractions.
It was here in the Derwent Valley that the essential ingredients of factory production were combined. Water power was applied and successfully used for the first time on a relatively large scale.
The site begins at top of the valley in Matlock, down to Belper and Darley Abbey ending in the heart of Derby with arguably the world’s first factory - Derby’s Silk Mill which is home to the brand new Museum of Making.
To find out more visit derwentvalleymills.org
In The Area
Established in 2016, White Peak Distillery is the first full-scale, craft distillery in the Peak District region.
Explore the history of Cromford Mills and discover the captivating story of how the Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the…
The wharf is a haven for wildlife and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Little grebes and water voles can be seen throughout the year. In summer…
Built in 1797 and restored in 2002, Heage Windmill, a Grade II* listed building, is the only working six-sailed stone tower windmill in England.
Celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation, the Museum of Making in the Derby Silk Mill.
A great walk around the historic village of Cromford.
Leawood Pumphouse was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.
Discover some of the oldest surviving railway workshops in the world, from the former Cromford and High Peak Railway and step back in time with the…
Located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site adjacent to Strutt's historic North Mill the riverside promenade allows flat easy access…
Our Great Itineraries
Connecting charming towns and villages with an amazing industrial past, the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock.
A walk along the old canal tow path on the five mile stretch through the Derwent Valley between Ambergate and Cromford passing through the village of…
Explore the home of the Industrial Revolution and discover Derbyshire’s rich history on this 6 or 8 mile walk.
Discover the southern gateway to the Derwent Valley Milld World Heritage Site.
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