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River Derwent

The River Derwent, Derbyshire, mostly flows through the Peak District in a naturally rural setting. The scenic qualities throughout the course of the river flow towards the Peak District National Park.

River Derwent Map

Facts & Stats

34.3 miles


The total length of the River Derwent.


Act of Parliament

The lower river Derwent was made navigable under an Act of Parliament in 1720, until 1795 when traffic was stopped and owners of the Derby Canal took control.

Cromford Mill

The world’s first water-powered cotton spinning mill

During the Industrial Revolution the River Derwent played an important role in powering several textile mills along the river.

Waterways notes

Navigation Authority

Environment Agency