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After passing round the perimeter of the gardens at Elvaston Castle, this level, easy walk takes you out to the River Derwent and back. The starting point of this three and a half mile walk is the car park at the castle. After the walk has been completed the delightful gardens at Elvaston Castle can be explored. When the castle changes ownership some access restrictions will be imposed. Elvaston is located to the south-east of Derby and can be accessed from Borrowash in the north and from the Alvaston to Shardlow road in the south.





1.       Walk back towards the car park entrance; 25 yards before reaching the road, turn right down a wide gravel path.


2.       At a ‘T’ junction, go to the right, along a tarmaced access road, which soon passes the entrance to the Old English Garden.


3.       Turn left along the path down the side of the garden, where the wall ends, bear right and continue along the path to reach an estate road.


4.       Go to the right and follow the road past the drive to the church and Elvaston Cricket Ground. Where the road forks do not take the turn for the cricket club, but continue straight on.


5.       As the road bends to the left, turn sharp right at the sign ‘Public Bridleway to Alvaston’. As you walk along the path Elvaston Cricket Clubhouse can be seen in the distance on your right.


6.       At another ‘T’ junction turn left, as you continue following the Bridleway towards Alvaston.


7.       On reaching an intersection of tracks, just before reaching East Lodge, go to the right along a track, marked Riverside Path, which takes you by Elvaston Castle Nature Reserve.


8.       Follow the track round to reach a weir on the River Derwent, where you turn right and follow the track, which until the latter stages keeps close to the river bank.


9.       Go to the right along the footpath by the side of the busy road to Elvaston.


10.   After 300 yards, immediately after passing a cottage, turn right and after a further 35 yards, go to the left down a wide gravel path.


10.   The path leads you back to the entrance to Elvaston Castle Car Park, where you turn right back to the starting point of the walk.








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Elvaston Castle Country Park (Tel. 01332 571342) was the first Country Park to be opened in Britain. Set in 200 acres of parkland with an ornamental lake, extensive gardens, stoney grottoes, rock archways and many other interesting features. Open daily.


Shardlow is one of the best-preserved inland canal ports in the country. It is a fascinating place to explore, still busy with boats, now used for leisure and not for commerce. The boats range from traditional narrow boats with brightly painted liveries, to pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes. A walk along the canal towpath brings you into contact with many of the old buildings of the Canal Age. An interesting place to visit is Shardlow Heritage Centre (Tel. 01332 793368/792334) which is housed in the old Salt Warehouse, the centre features displays of canal and village life of this historic inland port.


The Donington Grand Prix Collection (Tel. 01332 811027) is the world’s largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars. The exhibits detail the history of motor racing date from 1900 to the present day. Open daily.




The Harrington Arms (Tel. 01332 571798) is situated at Thulston, a short distance to the south of Elvaston. It is a traditional village pub, serving fresh home-cooked food from A La Carte (please telephone for details) to bar meals. Open Tuesday to Friday lunchtime and evenings, Monday evenings only and all day at weekends. Bar meals are served lunchtime and evenings, Tuesday to Friday and all day Saturdays. No bar meals are available Sunday and Monday evenings. 


Harrington Tea Rooms (Tel. 01332 7525922) located in Elvaston Castle, sitting is available both inside and in the courtyard. The tea rooms are open everyday during school holidays and from Tuesday to Sunday in school term time. When Elvaston Castle changes ownership the current arrangements are likely to be discontinued.








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The pretty village of Elvaston, dominated by its castle and gardens, together with Thulston and Ambaston make up the parish of Elvaston. Despite its close proximity to the southern fringes of Derby, the area remains rural in character with several working farms in the neighbourhood.


Thulston the largest of the three, has the only pub, Elvaston has the church, the village hall and the castle and grounds. Ambaston is tucked away close to the River Trent. 







St Barholomew's Church


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