Rowthorne Trail

Rowthorne nature reseve

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

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.

How to find us

You will find the trail close to Junction 29 on the M1. Follow the A617and turn right opposite the pub, signed to Rowthorne Village.


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

What makes Rowthorne Special?

Rowthorne Trail LNR 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 streamside 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 (opens in a new window) and is available from our visitor centres.

Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailNo
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Woodland with public accessNo
  • Wildlife areaNo
  • MuseumNo
  • Light refreshmentsNo
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsNo
  • Easy access for allNo
  • On-site informationNo
  • Camping/Caravan siteNo
  • Children's play areaNo
  • GardensNo
  • Nature trailNo
  • Events areaNo
  • Cycle pathNo

Contact details

Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190

Related documents

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