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2021 Walking Festival

Derby from Romans to Now

A walk along the river Derwent following National Cycle Route 54 taking in on of Derby’s oldest mills, now the Museum of making, and the industrial history of Handyside bridge before visiting the Roman ruins in Chester Green. On the way back, stop at Chapel of Saint Mary on the Bridge if it is open and the statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie on Cathedral Green.

Starting point: Bike Works Derby, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF

Distance: approx 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

More info:

Full route:


  • Start at Park Bikeworks (park your bike) on Full Street
  • Turn right walk to the roundabout in front of the council house
  • First exit onto Derwent Street turn left before Exeter Bridge to join National Cycle Network route 54
  • Continue along route 54 adjacent to the river , pass the Museum of Making
  • Keep going along NCN54 passing under St Mary Bridge and Handyside Bridge
  • As you pass under Handyside Bridge turn left follow NCN 54 Chester Green/ Darley Abbey. Follow this route over the river, turn left pass the Sports Ground, the river is now on your left
  • Keep following NCN 54 until you come to a T-junction. The NCN route goes left through Darley Park, but turn right and walk through the car park
  • As you exit the car park turn left on Old Chester Road
  • Keep walking, turn right into Marcus Street
  • See the Roman ruins on Marcus Street
  • Follow Marcus Street to the end
  • Turn right onto Chester Green Road walking alongside Chester Green Recreation Ground
  • Turn left onto City Road and follow to the end at junction with Mansfield Road
  • Turn right and cross over St Marys Bridge
  • Turn left and pass St. Mary’s Bridge Chapel
  • Walk through the underpass on Sowter Road
  • Turn left onto Full Street
  • Continue along Full Street passing the statue of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and Derby cathedral
  • Return to Park Bikeworks