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Walking at Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park welcomes walkers and is within reasonable walking distance from Borrowash and Alvaston. The site has both footpaths and bridleways to explore and enjoy. 


Derby city’s river path walk, which runs from Long Eaton to Derby city centre, runs directly through the park.

This includes part of the National Cycle Network, Route 6.

Self-guided walks

The following leaflets are available at the information centre and shop:

  • a free map of the park highlighting the footpaths and bridleways - also attached to this page
  • Elvaston Castle local nature reserve walk is attached to this page or can be purchased from the shop for 25p
  • Teddy’s magical adventure at Elvaston Castle: a self-guided family-friendly walk which is attached to this page

If you're unable to walk long distances Elvaston Castle has two tramper mobility scooters to hire for a small fee.

Or we are usually able to loan visitors a wheelchair.

Guided walks

Please pick up a free events booklet at the park’s information centre and shop, or see our activities and events for further information.

Elvaston Castle Country Park supports the National Forest Walking Festival which runs a programme of walks between 13 and 25 May 2017.

Health walking

A number of Walking for Health groups use the park on a regular basis.

Dog walking

Elvaston Castle Country Park is well known for being a dog-friendly site and welcomes responsible owners and their dogs.

Please keep your dog under close control and be considerate of other park users.

Please keep your dog on a lead in the central courtyard areas. Please look for dog tie-up points next to the information centre and shop, and around the edges of the courtyards.

If you forget to bring your own, dog poo bags can be purchased from the information centre and shop, or the park office in the cobbled courtyard.

To keep wildlife disturbance to a minimum we would ask that you do not bring your dog into Elvaston’s local nature reserve.

Wayfaring - walks with a difference

There is an established network of wayfaring/orienteering points around the park.

A map produced by Derwent Valley Orienteers and designed for the more experienced map reader can currently be purchased from the information centre and shop for £1.20.

For further information please contact the park office, email: countrysideservice@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533870.