Thanks to Steve Adams for the following article about “The Derwent Valley Cycleway”.
We are so lucky to live in the Derwent Valley. We have beautiful scenery on our doorstep, a wealth of fascinating historical features, and excellent public transport. So why do we need a cycleway in the Derwent Valley?
Actually the more appropriate question is: why isn’t there one already? The Derwent Valley is a much used tourist area, close to population centres in all directions. The valley from Cromford southwards is a World Heritage Site incorporating the mills at Cromford, Belper, Milford and Derby, which were of major significance in the birth of the industrial revolution. The valley is wide enough to accommodate the Cromford canal, the railway line from Derby to Matlock, and the A6 trunk road, as well as the river itself, and there is still sufficient space for a cycleway.
The Derwent Valley already attracts cycling clubs and sports cyclists, who can be found speeding along the A6 or enjoying hill climbing on lanes up the valley sides. What the valley does not cater for is the occasional cyclist at one extreme and the commuter cyclist at the other, nor is it a safe or appealing route for cycling families. If the number and range of cyclists could be increased, it would open up all sorts of commercial opportunities to support the tourist demand, like bed and breakfast, cafés, and bike hire. The many tourist attractions would benefit too by increased numbers of visitors and less congestion from motor vehicles.
Derbyshire County Council are offering the opportunity to help shape what the cycle network in Derbyshire should look like as Derbyshire Council and Active Derbyshire work towards their goal of making Derbyshire the most connected county for cycling in England by 2030.
The current suggested network map can be seen here. All the suggested projects would be welcomed but it would be useful if you could review the map and then make your comments as to how the Derwent Valley Cycleway would be the most useful project.
Derby City Council have submitted a planning application for the building of a multi-user path through Darley Park from near the Abbey Inn to the rowing clubs by Handyside Bridge. The Derwent Valley Cycleway project is strongly in favour of the creation of this path (which forms part of the proposed cycleway route) and are asking all our supporters to register their personal support for the plans.
The application is open for comments (until 26th September – note the deadline has been extended) and it is important that people supporting the plans register their comments. The Council have already held consultation events and well over 90% of the respondents were in favour of the plans. However, when similar plans were submitted a number of years ago, a very small but vocal minority managed to get the ear of the planning committee and have the plans voted down. We don’t want this to happen again!
It is important that the Council decision makers can see the overwhelming level of support for the creation of the path.
Features of the route include:
Well designed route screened by existing hedges to avoid any impact on the landscape.
Sympathetic surface colouring to blend in with the landscape.
Provision of a flat route for all kinds of users including those with disabilities, families, dog walkers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Links well with the route through Darley Fields providing a circular route for young cyclists, pedestrians or disability vehicles.
Opportunity to provide increased custom to existing cafes in Darley Park and at the rowing club (The Duck House) as well as providing a scenic and well surfaced route from the City to the Abbey Inn.
To provide your comments please visit the Derby City Planning site and search for application number 05/17/00567. To submit a comment you need to register on the planning site and then login. You can make a simple comment of Object / Support / Neutral and can also add optional comments on the reasons for your support. Alternatively, you can submit letters of support by post.
Remember comments need to be submitted before 26th September.
The Darley Abbey Society has registered their objection to the plans and have mobilised a number of their contacts to also submit objections.
Please make the time for submitting your comments so that the overwhelming level of support for the path is visible to all the decision makers.
Work has started on a family friendly cycle route along the valley bottom of Swaledale – a total length of about 12 miles of which about 75% will be traffic free.
Whilst this is an easier project than the Derwent Valley Cycleway (all the route already existed as bridleway or road so there are no land access or other legal issues) it is great to see a project with similar goals coming to fruition.
The recent updates to the Belper cycle quality tube map, including the addition of the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway to the map, have been publicised in the Nailed – alternative Belper news – website.
The Derwent Valley Cycleway addition demonstrates how the existing poor provision for cycling in the Belper area can be greatly improved for north/south journeys by allowing cyclists to bypass the very poor route on the A6.
The Derwent Valley Trust attended the recent celebration of 15 years of the Derwent Valley world heritage site held at Strutts in Belper. There was a steady stream of people discussing the cycleway and the Heritage Way walking route with us and we collected a number of names of people asking to be kept informed of progress on the cycleway.
Of particular interest to the Derwent Valley Cycleway is the obvious lack of adequate cycling provision in the north of the city and to Belper (red ratings). The Derwent Valley Cycleway will provide a high quality route linking Belper to Derby and change the ratings on the map to blue.
The Derwent Valley Trust has requested interested organisations to submit Expressions of Interest in bidding to deliver a study on the feasibility of the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway. Subsequent to considering the companies expressing interest, a shortlist will be asked to tender for the work of delivering the study and a preferred organisation is expected to be selected by June 2017.
The document asking for Expressions of Interest can be found here.
After delivery of the study, we expect to have detailed costing information and plans which can be used to apply for the significant funds needed for the whole project.
The Derby City Parks department are presenting proposals for the construction of a multi-user path through Darley Park on the west side of the River Derwent (joining the Abbey pub with the rowing clubs). This route will provide a great route for the Derwent Valley Cycleway linking the historic Darley Abbey village (and pub) with the rest of the route.
The Parks department are holding a consultation session on both Friday 12th and Saturday 13th (10am to 2pm) by the Darley Park cafe and it would be very useful for interested individuals to provide their input and to complete the consultation forms. The poster about the consultation can be found here
3 options for the route are under consideration and can be seen on the map here
Visitors will be asked to provide their views by completing the form here and by discussion. If people are unable to attend the organised times they can provide input by emailing email@example.com
The planned path will provide many benefits to walkers, disabled users, and cyclists and we hope as many people as possible are able to provide positive feedback on the plans.
Please attend the consultation or, if not possible, then please provide your input by email.