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The walk starts in Duffield, 4 miles North of Derby, and finishes at Wirksworth. It is designed to be walked in this direction, ie from South to North.
Duffield can easily be accessed by train or bus. At the end of walk return to Duffield by bus or (limited) train. By car, park at Duffield and return from Wirksworth by bus or train. Or drive to Wirksworth, then bus or train to Duffield before starting the walk. If you want to walk just a section, then the same bus and train both serve Cowers Lane (Shottle Station) and Idridgehay.
This is a linear walk, so you need to consider the logistics of finishing in a different place to where you started.
Main options are, assuming you walk in the intended direction:
* Car to Duffield, walk to Wirksworth, EVR train or bus back to Duffield
* Car to Wirksworth, EVR train or bus to Duffield, walk to Wirksworth
* Bus to Duffield, walk to Wirksworth, bus back to wherever you came from
* EMT train to Duffield, walk to Wirksworth, EVR train back to Duffield or bus to Duffield or Derby
Take special care planning public transport on Sundays, when services are less frequent and some buses finish early.
OS grid reference for the start point: SK 345 435.
Duffield is on the A6, the main road from Derby to the Peak District, and is two miles North of the A38 (Birmingham route). It is 20 miles from Nottingham via the A52 and Derby. From the M1, exit at J29 (from the North) onto the A38 or at J25 (from the South) via the A52 and Derby.
The walk starts from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway station (not the main station) in Duffield, which is just off the A6, Town Street. Access via Chapel Street, in the village centre, on the right coming from Derby and on the left coming from the North through Belper, see map on route details.
There is unrestricted parking on Chapel Street, as at January 2016, although introduction of parking restrictions is under consideration. However, spaces fill up quickly, so suggest getting here early morning. There is also a small amount of parking at Duffield (main) Station, costing £2.20 per day. The EVR Station at the end of Chapel Street has parking, but is also small and currently open only on a limited number of days. Alternatively, try Wirksworth Road which is about 5 minutes walk to the EVR station, or Donald Hawley Way.
Donald Hawley Way is potentially the easiest place to park. It is on the opposite side of the main railway from where the walk starts. Access is via Makeney Road, which is at the South end of the village, turning right if coming from Derby. Then cross the railway and immediately turn right, signposted to the church. Before reaching the church, loop to the right under the road, continue to the end of Donald Hawley Way and park in the spaces near the cricket pitch. From here walk through the pedestrian pass under the railway into Town Street, turn right into the village centre and right into Chapel Street.
SatNav references are DE56 4EP for Chapel Street and DE56 4BA (to Duffield Church) for Donald Hawley Way.
Duffield Station is on the Derby to Matlock line, just 7 minutes from Derby (first stop). Trains run hourly, or every two hours on Sundays, less frequent in the evening. Most are through trains from Nottingham (40 minutes) and Newark (80 minutes). Trains from London (St Pancras) to Derby run half hourly (90 to 100 minutes) and 4 each hour from Sheffield and Birmingham (New Street) (both 40 minutes). All services less frequent on Sundays. There are through services to Derby from numerous other cities.
Trent Barton bus routes 6.1/6.2/6.3/6.4 run every 15 minutes from Derby Bus Station to Duffield, taking 15 minutes, and continuing on to Belper. Alight in the village centre at Chapel Street, this is the next stop after the Co‑op (on the left) if coming from Derby. Route 6.1 then follows the line of the walk via Cowers Lane and Idridgehay to Wirksworth, and then on to Matlock, hourly, so at the end of the walk you can return by bus to Duffield or Derby. On Sundays buses are half hourly, and every two hours for the 6.1 to Wirksworth.
As at July 2017, single adult bus fares are: Derby to Duffield £2.90, Wirksworth to Duffield or Derby £4.40. There are also tickets for unlimited travel for a day at £9 per person all day or £6 per person (£10 for two persons, £13 for up to five persons) after 9.00 am or all day at weekends.
The Transpeak service, run by High Peak, also calls at Duffield, hourly from Buxton and Bakewell. There are occasional through buses from Manchester (or hourly by using the Skyline 199 from the Airport and connecting to the Transpeak in Buxton). Alight at Chapel Street (coming from the North) or the Co‑op (coming from Derby).
This may be of use if using public transport. It is a single ticket for travel through most of Derbyshire, also to/from Sheffield, valid on most buses all day and also off peak trains. But note that on Transpeak and 199 buses (see above) it can only be used on these services on Sundays. See the Derbyshire Wayfarer website for details.
Use the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. This is a heritage railway. There is a limited service, every two hours, and not every day. See the EVR page for details.
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