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This is a most enjoyable walk, which takes you along the banks of the River Derwent to Alvaston Park, returning through Pride Park, a distance of approximately four miles. The historic Railway Quarter is visited both at the beginning and the end of the walk. Surfaced paths are followed throughout from the starting point for the walk at the Midland Railway Station. A more convenient alternative for some people might be to start the walk from Alvaston Park. 

Pride Park Football Stadium


1.       Leave Derby Railway Station and walk to the right, along Railway Terrace, opposite the Alexandra Public House, turn right at a sign for Riverside Walk. 

2.       After descending a flight of steps, turn right to walk along the side of the River Derwent towards Pride Park. 

3.       Continue on the same path through the industrial estate, eventually passing under the bridge that connects Pride Park with the Wyvern Centre. 

4.       The route continues alongside the river, before soon after passing under a railway bridge, you arrive at Alvaston Park. 

5.       Turn right along the path on the western side of the park, passing the lake on your left. 

6.       Follow the path where it bends to the right, passing behind some houses, before turning right along Pride Parkway. 

7.       At a roundabout, cross Royal Scott Road and turn right down Royal Way, towards Pride Park Stadium, the home of Derby County Football Club (detour: turn right into the Park and Ride Car Park and visit ‘The Sanctuary’‘ a wildlife reserve. 

8.       On reaching the next roundabout, turn right and, within a few yards, cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. 

9.       Keep to the right, with the football stadium on the opposite side of the road, until, at the next roundabout, you turn left along Millennium Way. 

10.   Where the road bends sharply to the left, keep straight on along a short path that leads you to the Derwent Riverside Path. 

11.   Turn left along the path, which you used earlier in the walk and retrace your steps to Derby Railway Station.


Alvaston Lake

Railway Cottages

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Alvaston Park is a large attractive park, located about two miles to the south of Derby. It is linked to the city centre by a riverside path suitable for both walkers and cyclists. The path provides an important recreational route through Derby to the south.

Pride Park Football Stadium (0870 444 1884) the home of Derby County Football Club, provides behind the scenes tours of the stadium, which will impress the visitor whether they are a football fan or not. Please telephone for bookings and full tour details.

Royal Crown Derby Visitors Centre (01332 712800) established in 1756, now exports fine china all over the world. The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, shop and restaurant facilities are open to the public daily and factory tours are available during the week.


Midland Railway Station the café and bar at the railway station buffet have been refurbished. Hot and cold food is available on a daily basis. 

Brunswick Inn (Tel. 01332 290677) is situated on the western side of the Midland Railway Station, at ‘Number 1’ Railway Terrace. The inn was opened in 1842, intended for the use of railwaymen and second class passengers. It was originally called 'The Brunswick Railway and Commercial Inn'. It was the first purpose built railway inn and remained in the ownership of the railways for 105 years. Open daily. Food served.

Path at Alvaston Park


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