The Trent Valley Way (TVW) is a partially signposted source-to-sea walking route following the Trent

Already established for 84 miles through Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, the Trent Valley Way is a long-distance footpath along the Trent Valley

The Trent Valley Way has the ambition to become a fully way-marked source-to-sea walking route, starting at its source in Stoke-on-Trent all the way to the Humber estuary. Along the way, walkers delve into the rich history of the Trent, as they meander through picturesque market towns, pockets of wilderness, and rolling countryside. Passing through six counties, the Trent Valley Way retraces the industry and heritage on the River Trent, visiting industrial-era towns including Stoke, Rugeley, Burton-upon Trent, Nottingham, Newark, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe. The lucky adventurer may catch a glimpse at the iconic wildlife including kingfishers, otters and herons along the way.

Where is the path now?

It is possible to navigate the entire Trent Valley Way using publicly accessible footpaths. Some pioneering souls lived to tell the tale, having successfully section-walked the entire path. If you’re after dedicated way-marking we recommend the 84-mile section starting from Attenborough Nature Reserve to the Humber.

What progress has been made?

The Trent Rivers Trust is currently working to complete signposting between Rugely and Shardlow, a 32-mile section of the walk, introducing circular day walks along the route. The route and interpretation signs are in their final stages now, ready to be enjoyed at the Trent Valley Way walking festival on the 23rd and 24th of September 2022. Find out more on the TVW festival flyer. Ambitious walkers may be tempted to complete the entire section on the 1st October.

How can I start walking?

Below are A4 pdfs of OS maps for the different lengths. The maps for the TVW between Colwich (Staffordshire) and Shardlow (Derbyshire) are available on the TTTV page.

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire

TVW 1 Biddulph to Hanley

TVW 2 Hanley toTrentham

TVW 3 Trentham to Salt

TVW 4 Salt to Colwich

Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

TVW a Shardlow to Clifton

TVW b Clifton to Radcliffe onTrent

TVW c Radcliffe on Trent to Bleasby

TVW d Bleasby to Newark

TVW e Newark to Besthorpe

TVW f Besthorpe to Laneham

TVW g Laneham to Gainsborough

TVW h Gainsborough to Haxey

TVW i Haxey to Althorpe

TVW j Althorpe to Alkborough

The project is part of the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership project (TTTV project area)

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