The viaduct is situated between Cotmanhay and Awsworth, near the town of Ilkeston, at Ordnance Survey grid reference SK 473 438. There is now public access on the viaduct itself and it may be viewed from the nearby footpaths and trails.
The viaduct is now a cycling and walking route and is approached on foot or cycle. Details of footpaths and trails around the site can be seen here. Footpaths and trails. Follow our family walk map for an accessible route. You can also find information about cycling and walking trails in the area on the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire website.
There is very limited parking in the immediate area itself, but many ways of walking and cycling to the viaduct and accessing it via public transport.
Please note if you access the viaduct deck by wheelchair, mobility scooter or with a buggy from the Erewash Canal ramp there is at present no way down at the other end of the viaduct, and you have to return the way you came.
Coming by TrainContents
Ilkeston train station is the closest to Bennerley Viaduct being only 1 mile/ 1.6km away. The Nottingham Canal path and Erewash Canal towpath (both parts of the Erewash Valley Trail) are just a short walk or cycle from the station. The walk is described for you here. Langley Mill train station lies 3 miles/ 5km north. From here it’s a pleasant ride south on the Erewash Valley Trail to the Bennerley area. Long Eaton train station lies 8 miles/13km to the south from where it’s an excellent ride north along the Erewash Canal towpath to Bennerley.
Visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Coming by BusContents
For the ramp accessed from the Erewash Canal
From Nottingham catch Trent Barton’s ‘The Two’ to Bridge Street, Cotmanhay from where it is a short walk to the Erewash Canal.
From Derby catch Trent Barton’s ‘Ilkeston Flyer’ to Bridge Street, Cotmanhay from where it is a short walk to the Erewash Canal. Both services pass through Ilkeston town centre, home of the Erewash Museum.
For the steps from the Nottingham Canal
The Trent Barton service 27 between Kimberley and Ilkeston stops in Awsworth. Get off opposite Main Street (Ilkeston to Kimberley direction). Walk along Meadow Road and through the “Pocket Park” to Shilo Way. Cross Shilo Way to the eastern end of the viaduct. Travelling from Kimberley towards Ilkeston get off adjacent to Main Street, cross the road and follow the previous directions. Service 27 also stops at Ilkeston train station.
The Two (Trentbarton)
Ilkeston Flyer (Trentbarton)
Coming by CarContents
You are encouraged to park at Ilkeston train station Car Park (small charge) with a 15- 20minute walk to the viaduct described here. This is through lovely countryside and has great views of the viaduct.
There is on-street parking in Awsworth (cross the bypass carefully) and on Bridge Street and Skeavingtons Lane in Cotmanhay. If parking on the street please be considerate to residents. The Cotmanhay route is best for wheelchairs and mobility scooters as it takes you to the ramp as described here.
There is a very small car park beside the Nottingham Canal off Newton’s Lane at grid reference SK 476 433. Anyone wishing to park here should be aware that it is not a dedicated car park and is used by anglers and canal users. The Nottingham Canal tow-path and the Erewash Valley Trail also pass this point. You can then reach the viaduct on foot as described here.