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You may have to pinch yourself on parts of this attractive two mile walk, to remind yourself you are in the heart of a city. It is an easy, level walk on good surfaces all the way, unless the river is flooded when it might be necessary to avoid going under St Mary’s Bridge. The walk starts at the Bridge Chapel on St Mary’s Bridge and can easily be extended by including one or both of the other Derwent River Walks described in this supplement. 

Silk Mill - Museum


1.  Cross the road in front of the Bridge Chapel and walk down the path towards the River Derwent, turning to the right to go under St Mary’s Bridge.  

2.  Follow the path by the river, keeping to the left of The Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History, passing Cathedral Green on your right and the former Police Station and Magistrates Court.  

3.  Ascend a short flight of steps and cross Derwent Street; descend the steps opposite into the River Gardens.  

 4.  Follow the path through the River Gardens as it bends to the left, passing the weir and going under the road bridge into Bass’s Recreation Ground.  

5.  Continue along the path beside the Derwent as it gently curves round to the right, past the footbridge that takes you to the Derby Evening Telegraph buildings.  

6.  On reaching the far left hand corner of the Bass Recreation Ground, turn right and follow the path back towards the city centre. 

7.  Do not cross the road, but follow the path round to the right, which leads you back to the River Derwent. Turn left along the path you used earlier in the walk and retrace your steps into the River Gardens.  

8.  Go down the path on the left hand side of the Council House and leave the River Gardens. Turn right in front of the Council House, cross the road at the Pedestrian Crossing and continue forward into the Market Place.  

9.  Walk to the far end of the Market Place and turn right up Iron Gate, which soon levels out as you go past Derby Cathedral, before turning to the right by the Dolphin Inn, into Full Street. 

10. Where the road bends sharply to the right, go over to the other side and continue straight ahead, to walk in front of The Silk Mill - – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History and then turn left along the river path back to the start of the walk.


Guildhall entrance to Market Hall

Looking towards the Market Place from Iron Gate

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Derby Cathedral: (Tel. 01332 341201) visible from a distance, Derby Cathedral dominates the skyline with its impressive Perpendicular Tower, the second highest in England to the Boston Stump. The Cathedral is open on a daily basis throughout the year, the board outside gives details of services. Although normally open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, times may vary on Bank Holidays. Admission is free. The Cathedral Centre and its award winning Coffee Shop are on the opposite side of the road. Ring for further details.  

The Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History (Tel. 01332 255308) was the first factory in England where all the processes were carried out under one roof, utilising one source of power and is now a World Heritage Site. It has been converted into a museum where you can discover the facts about Rolls-Royce aero-engines, the history of railways and coal mines and much more. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year Break.  

Derby City Museum and Art Gallery (01332 716659) houses the prestigious Joseph Wright collection of paintings. A programme of special exhibitions supports permanent displays relating to the city’s archaeology, history, wildlife and local regiments. The brand new Ceramics Gallery provides an additional attraction. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year Break. 

Bass Recreation Ground


Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (Tel. 01332 267711) is located on the corner of Queen Street and Full Street, a few yards to the west of Derby Cathedral. It is Derby's oldest surviving pub, first licensed in 1530, and is a fine example of a timber-framed building. An old coaching inn, it is said to have been a stopping-off point for highwaymen. Recently, a hidden room was discovered on the first floor of the pub. A corridor in the pub was once a Derby street! Meals served all day.


The Cathedral Coffee Shop (Tel. 01332 381685) located on the ground floor, serves light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and a wide range of teas and coffees.  Local farm producers are the source of many of the supplies, providing items such as home-made cakes, quiches, breads and ice cream. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm.


Guildhall Entrance


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