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This is an easy, flat walk, of approximately three miles in length. Nearly half of the walk is along the banks of the Trent and Mersey Canal, which comes alive with brightly painted boats at weekends and in the summer holiday season. The walk starts from the village green in the centre of Findern. The village is located just off the A38, south of Littleover, in South Derbyshire.





1.       From the village Green, walk in front of the church and follow the churchyard wall round into Common Piece Lane and continue down the lane past the cemetery.


2.       Where the lane forks, go to the right, at footpath marker for Crow Park Way.


3.       After a short distance go through a stile by a metal gate and a few yards further on turn right, to go through the tunnel under the A50.


4.       On emerging from the tunnel, turn left up a wide access road and just before reaching a metal gate, go to the right down a flight of steps to cross a stile at the foot.


5.       Continue straight on until you reach the Trent and Mersey Canal, where you turn left and follow the path close to the river.


6.       Walk under a railway bridge and continue alongside the canal, before crossing the first canal bridge you come to, turning left on the other side along the canal towpath.


7.       After about a quarter of a mile you reach the crossing point to Stenson Marina, which you may like to explore and possibly take refreshment, prior to retracing your steps along the canal bank.


8.       On reaching the canal bridge you crossed earlier in the walk, do not re-cross it, but continue along the same side of the canal.


9.       As you walk along the canal bank you can take short diversions to explore the nature reserves that run parallel with the Trent and Mersey.


10.   After passing under two bridges in quick succession and the Nadee Restaurant on the opposite bank, watch out for a high sided footbridge over the canal.


11.   Cross the footbridge and continue straight ahead along a boardwalk that leads you to a stile into another field, where you turn left and head to a stile by a metal gate, in the top right hand corner.


12.   Turn to right and walk along the footpath on the opposite side of the road, which you follow back to Findern. Go to the right at the Wheel Public House and return to the starting point of the walk.







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Melbourne Hall and Gardens (Tel. 01332 862502) once the home of Victorian Prime Minister, William Lamb, the hall opens its doors to the public during August (except the first three Mondays in the month) from 2pm-4.15pm(last entry). Contact to confirm future opening details.


Calke Abbey and Grounds (Tel. 01332 863822) ‘The place where time stood still,’ was the phrase used to describe this property when The National Trust opened it to the public in 1989. One of the most unusual of English country houses with large collections of birds, ornaments, paintings and photographs. Contact for opening details.


Foremark Reservoir (Tel. 01283 701709) a 230 acre reservoir provides footpaths, picnic facilities, sailing and good trout fishing. It is in the National Forest and a recent addition is an area of woodland planted with 10,000 trees. Parking for cars and coach parking (charges apply). The facilities include - on site toilets, cafe kiosk, all abilities trail, picnic area and play area. Disabled Facilities: Designated disabled parking.





The Wheel Inn (Tel. 01283 703365) popular village pub situated on the corner of Main Street and Heath Lane, remains externally much as it was a century ago. Open from 4pm Monday to Friday and from 12 Noon at weekends. Food served Monday to Friday evenings, Saturday lunchtime and evenings and Sunday lunchtimes only. Bar snacks are available daily.


Stenson Lock Coffee Shop (Tel. 01283 701933) overlooks the Trent and Mersey Canal, with the marina alongside and the Bubble Inn at the rear. There is plenty of seating outside and some inside. Normally open 10 - 4pm, please check for seasonal arrangements. There are also tea room facilities available at the Wyedale Garden Centre at Findern.






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The pretty South Derbyshire village of Findern is situated five miles to the south-west of Derby. Its appearance is enhanced by a traditional village green with chestnut trees, encircled by white posts and chains and overlooked by the church and picturesque, mainly white walled properties.






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