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Rowthorne Trail

The Rowthorne Trail is a beautiful place for walkers and cyclists with links to the wider network. It's unsurfaced in places with some steep slopes and steps so cyclists need to take care and always give way to walkers.

Rowthorne nature reserve

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our sites.

The Rowthorne trail is part of the Phoenix Greenways which are a network of trails that run through Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

They are a relic of our area's industrial past that has been reclaimed from the railway lines once used by coal mines in the area. Now they are a great place to walk and cycle and in some places horse ride.


Follow the road through the village and there is a small car park next to the trail.

What makes Rowthorne special?

The trail passes through Rowthorne Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which is great for wildlife with habitats of mature oak and ash woodlands, wildflower meadows, limestone grassland terraces and pools and wetlands.

At the Batley Lane end, the LNR includes part of the Teversal to Pleasley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

What you might see

Wetter areas at the foot of the embankment and a small stream side meadow are great places to spot grass snakes, butterflies and moths.

The steep embankments of this disused railway provide excellent habitats for a wide range of limestone loving plants such as bird’s foot trefoil and bee orchid.

A leaflet of circular walks, starting at Rowthorne car park and including areas of the Hardwick estate, has been produced in partnership with the National Trust. The leaflet is attached to this page and also available from our visitor centres.

Facilities available

  • Footpath

  • Parking

  • Picnic area


You will find the trail close to Junction 29 on the M1. Follow the A617 and turn right opposite the pub, signed to Rowthorne Village.

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