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 24th and 25th of September 2022.  Ambitious walkers may be tempted to complete the entire section on the 1st October.

Help celebrate the launch of the Trent Valley Way by joining in the various activities we have planned

Trent Valley Way Walking Festival – Further information for each day is listed below

Have a look at the poster TVW event poster final web

24th September 2022 

Shardlow Village Hall – 10.30am – 3pm

Parking for disabled people – Postcode: DE72 2GH – NGR: SK442304 What3Words: impresses.slams.gaps

All other Parking – Wilne Lane car park – NGR: SK 445304 – Postcode: DE72 2HA What3words: hoping.resists.remaining

This event is based in the village hall with refreshments made available – Guided walks at 11am and 1.30pm – Information will be available in the village hall about the Trent Valley Way routes and the Transforming The Trent Valley project. Also available will be a fun crafty activity making storybooks/maps

Tucklesholme Nature Reserve – 10.30am – 3pm

All Parking (limited availability) – Just off Station Lane to the east of A38 in direction of Walton-on-Trent – Postcode: DE13 8EN – NGR: SK207182 – What3words: libraries.cluttered.reach

Dogs must be kept on leads please

Activities include: Wild Child activities – Guided walks at 11am and 1.30pm – Information trailer with routes and maps of the Trent Valley Way and information about the Transforming The Trent Valley project – Storytelling walks with Gordon McClellan, Creeping Toad – Storybooks/maps to make 25th September 2022

Alrewas Island – 10.30 – 3pm

Event to take place on Alrewas island, off Church Lane – Parking limited. On street parking only – Postcode: DE13 7BT NGR: SK169154 – What3Words: apartment.aunts.scorching

Activities include: Based on the event field near the Mill Stream – Guided walks at 11am and 1.30pm – Information trailer on site with routes and maps plus information about the Trent Valley Way and the Transforming The Trent Valley project. Everyone Active (Burton) staff to provide fun activities for families – Storytelling walks with Gordon MacClellan, Creeping Toad – Story books/maps to make

Wolseley Centre – 10.30 – 3pm 

Large car park. Donations to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust would be appreciated. Disabled parking also available Postcode: ST17 0WT – NGR: SK024202 – What3words: booth.jungle.plugs

Activities include: Star tent with Transforming The Trent Valley project & Trent Valley Way information – A fun crafty activity of creating storybooks/maps to make – Guided walks at 11am and 1.30pm – Self guided walks

1st October 2022

Dawn to Dusk

Join our guided walk for experienced long distance walkers ONLY.  We will be walking the whole route of 51km from Rugeley to Shardlow in one day.

Walkers must register in advance and join a WhatsApp group – to do this you must contact Alison via email:


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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