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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 3
A longer walk than the first two in this series. This walk takes you through Riverside Gardens and along the banks of the River Derwent to Alvaston Park, before returning to explore Derby's Railway Quarter. Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, only a short detour away from the main walk, is well worth a visit. Established in 1756, it now exports fine china all over the world.
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.
The route passes through Pride Park, where many local and national businesses operate, including Pride Park Football Stadium, the home of Derby County Football Club.
On returning to Market Place, if you have not already been tempted by one of the many public houses and cafes on your route, you might like to try Bennett's Coffee Shop. It is situated on the right hand side, part way up Iron Gate. The cafe is set in a pleasant galleried location, towards the rear of the main shop.
I. The walk leaves the Tourist Information Centre, passing the Assembly Rooms Box Office, before taking the pedestrian crossing over Full Street, heading onto Exeter Bridge, and descending the steps into the River Gardens in front of the Council House.
II. Continue through the Riverside Gardens keeping close to the River Derwent, and go under Holmes Bridge into the Bass Recreation Ground and follow the riverbank round under the Five Arches Bridge. The new road constructed in 1997 linking Derby with the A52 runs close by.
III. Go under the bridge that links Pride Park with the Wyvern Shopping Development and continue along the riverbank, passing under the railway bridge that carries the main line from Derby to Nottingham and London before eventually arriving at Alvaston Park.
IV. Walk away from the river by the side of the lake and on reaching London Road, turn right and continue along the A6 towards Derby.
* Alternatively, you may prefer to retrace your steps along the riverbank until after passing under the stone railway bridge you turn sharp left to walk along Station Approach to the Midland Railway Station. Continue up Midland Road and turn right at the top along London Road to reach Point VIII on the trail. By checking the Heritage Trail Map you will still be able to see all the points of interest that have been listed.
V. Leave London Road and turn right, walk down Midland Road towards the Railway Station complex.
VI. Walk towards the city centre from the railway station through an area of significant Victorian Railway architecture.
VII. Leave the former Railway Colony and walk up Canal Street, turning to the right along London Road.
VIII. Cross the busy Inner Ring Road, by pedestrian crossing to the south of London Road, and continue straight ahead. After passing the top entrance to the Eagle Centre, turn to the right and go down St Peterís Street to join the Cornmarket.
IX. Continue walking up the Cornmarket past the side entry leading to the Market Hall and the re-positioned Fish Market, ahead is the Market Place and the starting point for the walk.
KEY TO POINTS OF INTEREST
To obtain further information about a point of interest, click the appropriate page number, or to take the full tour go to page one and follow the instructions.
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