There are plenty of places to see and visit around Derby. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Derby is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions around Derby

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    Bennerley Viaduct

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great viewing point of the Bennerley viaduct situated on the side of the Nottingham canal. The viaduct is owned by Sustrans and once carried the Great Northern railway between Nottingham …

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    smokey57
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    Nottingham Canal (Erewash Valley Trail)

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Nature Trail and walk and cycle route along the towpath for the Nottingham canal (no longer navigable). Leads from Langley Mill right into Nottingham and can form part of a …

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    smokey57
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    3

    Derby Canal Path

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Really well surfaced tarmac path that is currently being upgraded to 5m width. Forms part of National Cycle Route 6. Built on the route of the Derby and Sandiacre canal.

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    smokey57
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    River Trent

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Trent Lock is where the Erewash Canal feeds into the River Trent and it was the main link to the sea for the Cromford Canal as well. When the textile …

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    emmie c
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    Trent & Mersey canal towpath

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Nice and flat towpath alongside the Trent & Mersey canal that forms part of NCN route 6. The surface is gravelly and, in dry weather, can be a bit loose. …

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    smokey57
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    Nutbrook Coffee Shop

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great cafe only accessible by walking or cycling (or horse riding). Open only on Friday, Saturday and Sundays in summer (just weekends in winter) and hours often change so check …

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    smokey57
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    Swarkstone Lock

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice place to rest on a cycle ride next to a lock on the Trent & Mersey canal. Can travel north from here to Derby on the route of the …

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    smokey57
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    The Silk Mill and Cathedral Green

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Site of arguably Britain's first factory (Silk Mill) which is now a museum. Also has a statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie celebrating his advance on London (which didn't get much …

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    smokey57
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    9

    Calke Park

    Hiking Highlight

    Calke park is worth a visit in its own right but also sits on the National Forest Silver Anniversary Trail.

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    Roger
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    Kedleston Park

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Nice road through Kedleston Park with lovely historic views. The eastmost part of the route (from the house to Kedleston Road) is one way from east to west but this …

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    smokey57
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    Riverside Path

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Excellent quality traffic free route alongside the River Derwent. Very popular family route between Derby City and Elvaston Castle as all traffic free and flat. Surface is tarmac for most …

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    smokey57
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    Basilia cafe

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice cafe in an unexpected place. Very close to the Erewash Valley Trail so suitable for a lunch stop. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, etc. and the shop also has …

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    smokey57
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    Calke Tramway

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Cycle and walking path built on the route of an old horse drawn tramway linking Ticknall to Ashby. The route passes through the Calke Abbey estate on a gentle slope …

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    smokey57
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    Elvaston Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    This is a lovely country park. It’s got a car park if you feel more comfortable parking your car here to start/finish a tour. There’s often an ice cream van in the car park.

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    Breadsall Greenway

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Old railway line converted into a traffic free greenway. The route used to form part of the Nottingham Victoria to Derby Friargate Great Northern line. A few of the embankments …

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    smokey57
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    Great Northern Basin

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Canal basin at the junction of the Nottingham, Erewash and Cromford canals. Only the Erewash canal remains in water so now the northerly end of the Erewash canal. Great starting …

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    smokey57
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    17

    Darley Abbey Mills

    Bike Touring Highlight

    An old mill complex that forms part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. The cycle route passes through the mills and then onwards south to Derby.
    Great …

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    smokey57
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    Cloud-Trail cycle network

    Road Cycling Highlight

    This is part of a much larger cycle network -lovely to cycle along

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    Riverside cycle path - through Derby

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Traffic free along the riverside and lined by blackberry bushes this is a great way to get through Derby avoiding traffic and busy roads. Only downside is that the path …

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    Wyver Lane Pool

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Lovely spot to stop and admire the wildlife surrounding the lake.

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    Kelly

Map of the Top 20 around Derby

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