Plan your trip
Take the train from London St Pancras International to Derby. Trains are frequent and take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes. Look up times.
Alternatively take the short 35 minute journey from Birmingham New Street direct to Derby Station to start your adventure along the Derwent Valley Line.
Having a day out with the family? Make sure you download the Derwent Valley Line Activity Book, produced especially for families. Explore the wonderful history, wildlife and landscape of the Derwent Valley as you journey between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock by rail.
Throughout the Activity Book, Perri the Peregrine (named after the Peregrine Falcons that nest in the at Derby Cathedral and on Belper Mill) invites children to ‘spot things and do stuff’ with lots of quizzes and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Whether it be the Green Man Trail in Matlock Bath, learning about the Heroines of Whatstandwell, Tunnel Talk or being a Gongoozler, the Derwent Valley Line Activity Book is a great way to discover the Derwent Valley Line.
There are numerous hotels in Derby, several small hotels in Belper, Matlock Bath and Matlock plus numerous B&B’s throughout the Derwent Valley www.visitpeakdistrict.com. Matlock is a great base for onward buses to Bakewell and the Peak District National Park with its stunning landscape and fabulous stately homes including Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.
Rail travellers can enjoy discounted entry to several attractions in the Derwent Valley including the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath, Crich Tramway Village, tours of Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills and on a relaxing narrowboat cruise along the Cromford canal.