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Boat Trips

The River Gardens

The River Gardens


Matlock Road,
DE56 1BE

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Take a trip on the longest navigable stretch of river in Derbyshire. The Derwent here is at its most tranquil and you may see all manner of birdlife including swans, Herons, Canada Geese and a variety of Ducks and Moorhens. The River is teeming with fish and you may from time to time catch sight of a Water Vole..

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcome

Opening details

Boating on the river is available from mid-May until mid-September from 12 noon Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays only, 12:00noon - 3:45pm for a small fee.


Fees and charges
£10 per boat for one hour (maximum hire, 1 hour)
£6 per boat for half hour
*A refundable deposit of £10 is required at the time of hire



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Map reference: SK 346480  Lat: 53.02818 Long: -1.48554

Off the A6 Matlock Road at Belper adjacent to the East Mill. The railway station is in the town centre.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Belper station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome