Walking and Riding

The Amber Valley area offers many opportunities for walkers, horse riders and cyclists of all abilities to get out and about. There's a wide variety of way-marked routes that include spectacular scenery, quaint villages and fascinating local history.


The Amber Valley Routeways is a series of circular walks and rides along public footpaths and bridleways throughout the Amber Valley. A self guided leaflet accompanies each route giving directions and interesting snippets of information along the way. They can be downloaded from the list below, along with other local interest walks.


Walking routes in Amber Valley


Location Type of Walk Distance
Alfreton to South Wingfield (3)

90% Footpaths
10% Country Roads
Undulating Countryside


(6.5 km)



Belper - Blackbrook (14)

Hilly countryside with steep climbs



7 miles

(11 km)

Belper to Kilburn (11)

Hilly countryside with several steep climbs

7.2 miles

(11.6 km)

Crich (7)

Hilly countryside with several steep climbs


7.5 miles

(12 km)

Denby (21)

Undulating walk across open country


2.5 miles

(4.8 km)

Duffield (10)

Undulating countryside with several steep climbs

8 miles

(12.8 km)

Heage & Lower Hartshay (5)

Undulating Countryside
Level along the canal


5 miles

(8 km)

Heanor (6)

Undulating countryside, level along the canal towpath

7 miles


Holbrook (20)

Undulating countryside with steep climbs


4.5 miles

(7.25 km)

Horsley to Horsley Woodhouse (2)

80% Footpaths
20% Country Roads
Undulating Countryside


5 miles

(8 km)

Kirk Langley (9)

Undulating Countryside


7 miles

(11 km)

Langley Mill (13)

35% hard surfaced
35% made up level surfaces
30% fields/countryside
Flat with one significant rising section


4.8 miles

(7.7 km)

Lea, Dethick and Holloway (22)

A challenging but interesting walk with wonderful views travelling through beautiful countryside with lots of natural history interest and local heritage features. Several steep climbs and a small section of road walking.


7.8 miles

(12.5 km)

Mackworth & Meynell Langley (17)

Generally easy walking with one long hill


5 miles

(8 km)

Muggington (1)


Mainly footpaths through undulating farmland, small sections on quiet country roads


5 miles

(8 km)

Ripley (8)

Undulating Countryside


5 miles

(8 km)

Shipley - Smalley (16)

Countryside with some steep climbs


6 miles

(10 km)

Whatstandwell to Alderwasley (19)

Hilly countryside with several steep climbs


4 miles

(6.5 km)

The Cromford Canal
Florence Nightingale Trail
The Life of John Flamsteed
The Strutt Walk & Drive
The Pentrich Revolution Trail


Riding in Amber Valley


Location                                                   Type of Ride Distance


30% bridlepath

70% country lanes

12.5 miles

(20 km)




Please note that the Council update these leaflets on a periodic rolling basis and that some landmark information may have changed. The footpaths should remain in place and be signposted and be clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey maps. Please report problems you may find so that these can be investigated to tourism@ambervalley.gov.uk



The below walks are currently withdrawn due to access. We hope to be able to relaunch these leaflets once these have been addressed.

  • Routeway 15 - Idridgehay and Turnditch 
  • Routeway 4 - Codnor and Ironville 
  • Routeway 18 - Riddings
  • Routeway 12 - Ambergate Betty Kenny Walk

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