Trent Valley Way

Walk the length of the Trent

Already established for 154 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 wander 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 Rugeley, Burton-upon-Trent, Nottingham, Newark, Gainsborough and Alkborough. Being an important wildlife corridor, a well-timed walk provides good chances of spotting migratory birds and other wildlife.

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 154-mile section starting from Rugeley to Alkborough in the Humber Estuary.

How can I start walking?

Rugeley and Shardlow

Follow the path on OS Maps.

Shardlow to Alkborough

Follow the path on OS Maps

We always recommend taking a map (digital or paper) when walking the Trent Valley Way and would ask walkers to notify us of any issues en route. These will then be forwarded to the authorities responsible.

What progress has been made?

The latest 43-mile section of the Trent Valley Way is now complete. Seven circular walks have been added and signposting has been installed.

This has been made possible by the Transforming the Trent Valley Way landscape restoration scheme and funding by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

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