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Cycling and walking plans

We have ambitious plans for county wide infrastructure development which will secure Derbyshire as a world class cycling destination for everyone. We hope that most routes can be used by pedestrians, cyclists, people with restricted mobility and horse riders as we are aiming for this wherever possible.

Cyclist and horse riders on the Clowne Greenway

Our cycling and walking network proposals are about giving people more choice about how they get around. They'll increase opportunities for improved health and wellbeing and support the uptake of sustainable transport modes.

Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016 to 2030

The Derbyshire Cycling Plan underpins our aim to create the most connected and integrated county for cycling in the country. The Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016 to 2030 is attached to this page.

The strategic delivery plan brings together a range of partners committed to getting more people cycling by 2030.

Through the cycling plan commitment to deliver 'world class' infrastructure, we've identified a full hierarchy of key, local and town networks. The process involved full public consultation to agree the strategic network and appraisal against sustainability objectives and requirements for future business cases.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Our LCWIP sets ambitious targets to increase levels of cycling and walking (sometimes called active travel), particularly for short trips that could replace private car journeys.

The plan reflects the priorities of the Derbyshire Key Cycle Network. It helps us identify and prioritise potential improvements to our strategic cross boundary routes across the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership area. It's due to go out to public consultation in summer 2022, and the final plan will provide an evidence base that places partners in a strong position to apply for future funding.

Key Cycle Network (KCN)

The KCN was approved by Cabinet in 2020. For more information see item 6e on the Cabinet agenda 16 January 2020 and the confirmation of minutes of this meeting on the Cabinet agenda 13 February 2020, item 4.

It provides a strategic network for the county with connections to key destinations, towns, villages, transport hubs, employment and housing areas with long distance trails and loops which support the visitor economy.

There are 770km of routes which make up the KCN. Around 400km is currently complete and open for use. The remaining 370km has been split into 127 sections that have been prioritised for investment in the short, medium and long term with an estimated total cost of over £265 million.

The proposed routes as shown on the Derbyshire Mapping Portal are purely aspirational and are subject to the formal processes that are involved with the delivery of infrastructure.

Current projects include:

Local Cycle Network (LCN)

The Local Cycle Network forms the connections between the KCN and destinations or town centres. It shows the preferred local connections.

Town network

We're working with partners to develop and deliver a user-friendly, well connected local network in and around towns linking neighbourhoods to jobs and other essential services. Current projects include:

Latest news

A feasibility study has been commissioned to assess the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway between Shardlow and Hathersage.

Five miles of new and improved trails linking Hardwick Hall, Pleasley Pit Country Hall and Pleasley Vale are open and ready to be explored.