Trent Valley Walks

Recommended walks along the Trent and Dove Valley

Trent Valley Walks:

Recommended walks along the Trent and Dove Valley

There’s lots of ways to discover the Trent and Dove Valleys but nothing beats exploring and discovering this varied landscape on foot. Over the coming months, we will be adding a series of recommended walks to this web page so do come back soon.

For now, you can find out more about the proposed Trent Valley Way and explore Tuckleshome Nature Reserve in the first of a series of virtual, augmented reality walks.

Get involved; volunteers wanted

Virtual Walks: Can you help us to tell the story of our landscape? We are seeking to recruit a team of volunteers to help with the creation of our virtual walks. and support the development of We are also seeking volunteers to help survey a series of circular walking routes, identifying issues with gates, stiles, and signage. We also need volunteers to help research and support the creation of a range of interpretation boards, family trails and associated downloadable leaflets.

We are looking for… wildlife and landscape photographers, videographers, sound recordists and musicians, local historians, geologists, wildlife experts, poets, and storytellers, graphic designers, illustrators and artists to help deliver our Interpretation Programme (TTTV2) and tell the story of the Trent Valley.

If you think you might be interested in getting involved, please contact Steven Cheshire, Senior Interpretation Officer for Transforming the Trent Valley for more information or to arrange an informal chat over the phone by emailing s.cheshire@staffs-wildlife.org.uk.

Walking the Coventry Canal at Hopwas, Staffordshire.

Photo © 2024 Transforming the Trent Valley (Steven Cheshire)


Virtual Walks

Explore the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme area through our virtual, self-guided walks. Each walk allows you to move around the landscape, explore 360° views, photo galleries, video, and sound. You can view our virtual walks on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. All you need is access to the internet and a digital device to view the walk.

Branston Leas Nature Reserve virtual walk

Sunrise at Branston Leas Nature Reserve. Photo © 2020-2022 Brian Triptree (Transforming the Trent Valley Volunteer).


This virtual walk takes you around Branston Leas Nature Reserve and along the adjecent River Trent where you will discover wonderful wildlife, recently planted woodland and areas of open countryside.

Tucklesholme Nature Reserve virtual walk

A Whitethroat at Tucklesholme Nature Reserve.
Photo © 2020-2022 Brian Triptree (Transforming the Trent Valley Volunteer)


Tucklesholme is one of a network of current and former quarries within the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ landscape. The vision is for this to become one of the great connected wetland areas in the UK.

Video Walks

Sit back and relax as you discover the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme area through our video walks. With no need to click, just press play and start discovering the beauty of the Trent Valley today.

Branston Leas Nature Reserve river walk.

Branston Leas Nature Reserve circular walk.


Trent Valley Way Route Maps

Once completed, the Trent Valley Way will form a popular tourist attraction and a key part of the Trent Valley landscape. A map of the whole of the Trent Valley Way within the Transforming the Trent Valley project area is available here.

Below are links to detailed maps showing the proposed route for the Trent Valley Way within the Transforming the Trent Valley project area. As well as the main Trent Valley Way, there are also a series of circular and linear routes or spurs connected to the main path taking in other points of interest and visitor attractions close to the River Trent. These routes are still draft, and are subject to change as the project develops.

Maps for the remainder of the Trent Valley Way outside of the Transforming the Trent Valley project area in Staffordshire and downstream into Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are available on the Trent Rivers Trust website.

The Trent and Mersey Canal at Armitage, Staffordshire.

Photo © 2024 Jane Rowbottom


More Walks within the scheme area

There are many interesting walks that can be found right across our scheme area. Many of these are actively promoted by local walking groups and parish councils. The links provided below take you to third-party websites, the content of which is not the reponsibility of Transforming the Trent Valley.


The Rolleston Local Walks website  lists ten local walks that are ideal for exploring the area.


This circular walk was devised by the Tutbury Civic Society. In 2007 the Society received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to fund a research project carried out by a team from Birmingham Archaeology.

More information about the Tutbury Heritage Walk can be found here .