There's lots of ways to discover the Trent and Dove Valleys but nothing beats exploring and discovering this varied landscape on foot. Over the coming months, we will be adding a series of recommended walks to this web page so do come back soon.
For now, you can find out more about the proposed Trent Valley Way and explore Tuckleshome Nature Reserve in the first of a series of virtual, augmented reality walks.Virtual Walks
Exercise such as walking is vital for our mental and physical health and we are very keen to encourage people to visit and explore the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme area. However, during this time we request that you maintain social distancing at all times and follow current government guidelines to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Virtual Walks: Can you help us to tell the story of our landscape? We are seeking to recruit a team of volunteers to help with the creation of our virtual walks. and support the development of We are also seeking volunteers to help survey a series of circular walking routes, identifying issues with gates, stiles, and signage. We also need volunteers to help research and support the creation of a range of interpretation boards, family trails and associated downloadable leaflets.
We are looking for... wildlife and landscape photographers, videographers, sound recordists and musicians, local historians, geologists, wildlife experts, poets, and storytellers, graphic designers, illustrators and artists to help deliver our Interpretation Programme (TTTV2) and tell the story of the Trent Valley.
If you think you might be interested in getting involved, please contact Steven Cheshire, Senior Interpretation Officer for Transforming the Trent Valley for more information or to arrange an informal chat over the phone by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley
(Steven Cheshire) 9th November 2020
Our virtual walks are self-guided, augmented reality walks of the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme area. Each walk allows you to move around the landscape, explore 360° views, photo galleries, video, and sound.
We completed the first phase of our first virtual walk in January 2021. Visit Tucklesholme Nature Reserve from the comfort of your home before venturing out, if you can, to experience the nature reserve first-hand. You can view our virtual walks on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. All you need is access to the internet and a digital device to view the walk.
A virtual walk around Tucklesholme Nature Reserve. Photo © 2020-2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Steven Cheshire).
Tucklesholme is one of a network of current and former quarries within the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ landscape. The vision is for this to become one of the great connected wetland areas in the UK.
In 2018 quarrying operations ended at Tucklesholme and the transformation from quarry to nature reserve began. Over the next few years you will see the reedbed in the northern lake expand to become the largest in the Trent Valley. The exposed sandy shingles on the southern lake provide valuable nesting habitat to rare birds such as little ringed plover and oystercatcher, while the wet grassland areas offer the perfect spot for lapwing to raise their young and for insects to flourish.
The 55 hectare nature reserve was opened to the public on 17th May 2019. It is located just off Station Lane, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 8EN between Walton-on-Trent and Barton-under-Needwood.Start the Tucklesholme virtual walk
Time to complete: approx 40 minutes to 1 hour but you can leave the virtual walk and return to explore more at anytime!
Many thanks to Paul Morris (Volunteer Virtual Walk Lead) for designing and building the walk and to Peter Jones and all our volunteer photographers.
Once completed, the Trent Valley Way will form a popular tourist attraction and a key part of the Trent Valley landscape. A map of the whole of the Trent Valley Way within the Transforming the Trent Valley project area is available here.
Below are links to detailed maps showing the proposed route for the Trent Valley Way within the Transforming the Trent Valley project area. As well as the main Trent Valley Way, there are also a series of circular and linear routes or spurs connected to the main path taking in other points of interest and visitor attractions close to the River Trent. These routes are still draft, and are subject to change as the project develops.
Maps for the remainder of the Trent Valley Way outside of the Transforming the Trent Valley project area in Staffordshire and downstream into Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are available on the Trent Rivers Trust website.
Photo © 2021 Jane Rowbottom 21st february 2021
There are many interesting walks that can be found right across our scheme area. Many of these are actively promoted by local walking groups and parish councils. The links provided below take you to third-party websites, the content of which is not the reponsibility of Transforming the Trent Valley.
The Rolleston Local Walks website lists ten local walks that are ideal for exploring the area.
This circular walk was devised by the Tutbury Civic Society. In 2007 the Society received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to fund a research project carried out by a team from Birmingham Archaeology.
More information about the Tutbury Heritage Walk can be found here .