Derby is a compact city and it’s really easy to explore on foot. The city centre is thoroughly modern with pedestrianised zones and to keep you safe around the main shopping areas.


Walk a little further out of town and you can discover leafy footpaths through peaceful parks such as Darley Park, Arboretum Park or Markeaton Park.

The city has a long and eventful history stretching back hundreds of years. We have loads of historic buildings, parks and landmarks that you might not have noticed when you’re flying past in a car or on the bus. Go for a walk in Derby and you can start to appreciate some of those things that you never knew existed.

There are also loads of walking and rambling clubs in the city so you can meet up with like-minded people and take part in all their organised walks.

Walking around Derby is quite simply the best way to take in everything it has to offer.

Try some of these walking routes

If you’d like to get some fresh air on your lunch break, or just fancy a peaceful Sunday afternoon stroll, there are loads of places in Derby that you can explore on foot. Different parts of the city have all been shaped by different industrial uses over the years so there will always be something new for you to discover.

Here are some suggested routes for you, so get your walking shoes on and give some of them a try. The maps are easy to print too so you can take them with you:

Darley Park Walk (Short)

Mickleover Railway Walk (Medium)

The Old Canal Walk (Long)

There are also more walking maps on the Derby City Council website.