The catchment of the River Derwent covers an area of 1,194km2, with its northern extent running through the picturesque Peak District National Park. Rising on Howden Moor, tributaries flow into Howden, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs, before flowing south to join the River Noe at Bamford. The river then flows past attractive gritstone villages and through the middle of Chatsworth Park.

At Rowsley, it is joined by the River Wye which has travelled through Buxton, Bakewell and some of the most beautiful dales of the Peak District including Monsal Dale and Chee Dale.

The Derwent continues its course south through the historic mill towns of Matlock, Belper and finally Derby. It joins the River Trent to the south west of Long Eaton where the Trent starts its journey north to the Humber Estuary.

Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership (DDCP)

The Trent Rivers Trust is an active member of the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership, hosted by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Our ‘The River Starts Here!’ project is a flagship for urban rivers work in the catchment.

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