Derby Canal Path and the Cloud Trail

This lovely, flat, mostly traffic-free route runs from Derby city centre to Worthington along canal paths and a former railway, now known as the Cloud Trail. As you follow the route you’ll enjoy peaceful riverside cycling and stunning views of the surrounding area. This trail is great for families and less-experienced cyclists.

Starting near Derby city centre, this route follows an attractive path alongside the River Derwent before turning south on the Derby Canal Path to the Trent and Mersey Canal.

You will then join the Cloud Trail, a repurposed railway path which will take you to the village of Worthington and Cloud Quarry.

Along the Cloud Trail, you will cross the Grade II listed Trent Viaduct near the attractive town of Melbourne.

Just before you reach Worthington car park, a left turn will take you on a path around the rim of Cloud Quarry. This section has stunning views.

Flat, well-surfaced and mostly traffic-free, this route is excellent for families and less-experienced cyclists.

From Cloud Quarry, you can continue for another 10 miles along quiet lanes and traffic-free sections to reach Loughborough.


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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

Derby Canal Path and the Cloud Trail is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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