This route crosses Derbyshire’s Amber Valley, following the attractive Erewash Canal in the first half and the route of the old Stanton Branch Line railway in the second.
Starting beside Tamworth Road in Long Eaton, the ride follows the towpath between the Erewash Canal and River Erewash to the wet meadows of Toton Washlands. Pretty locks and red brick mill buildings are a feature of the opening miles and the pastoral setting is incredibly relaxing. At Stanton Lock you leave the canal behind to join the old railway path, loosely following the course of the River Nutbrook, which gives the route its name.
Travelling through wild, open scrubland you’ll enter Shipley Country Park, with an impressive viewing tower just off the route. The trail through thick woodland leads to the edges of the large Shipley Lake, followed by the smaller Osborne’s Pond. End at the park’s visitor centre and café, or better still, at the volunteer-run Derby Lodge Tea Room in the heart of the park, a charming old building with lovely views across Derbyshire from its gardens.
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