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Country Parks, Walks & Viewpoints in Derbyshire

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Derbyshire Country Parks, Walks & Viewpoints

blank tabHIGH PEAK TRAILCountry Parks, Walks & Viewpoints
Middleton Top Visitor Centre, Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4LS
Establishment Photo
The High Peak Trail is a 17.5-mile trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, running through the Southern Pennines from Cromford, in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to just south of Buxton.

The trail connects with a network of walking cycling and riding routes to give you plenty of choice as to where to go.

Start your day at one of the picnic sites and enjoy the spectacular views along the way.

If you like, you can hire a bike at Middleton Top or explore the inclines and engine houses on this fascinating old railway, one of the earliest in the country.
Tel: 01629 823204    Fax: 01629 825336See our website

Shipley Country Park

Heanor, Derbyshire     Tel: 01773 719961

Attractive countryside of woodlands, meadows and lakes with an extensive network of easily used paths, some suitable for wheelchair users. Visitors centre, shop, cafe and toilets. Cycle hire and hand cycles for disabled people. Open all year Mon to Friday 11am to 4pm, Sat and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.

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Staunton Harold Reservoir

Calke Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire
Tel: 01332 703202    Fax: 01332 694311 

This 209 acre reservoir provides footpaths and nature walks which link to Calke Abbey. A new visitors centre includes an information room with exhibits and 3-D models. Open April to Oct, 7am to dusk, Nov to Mar 9am to 4pm. Small car park charge.

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Legendary Ghost Walks

50 Friargate, Derby
Booking necessary. for details please contact      Tel: 08000 277928

Encounter the fright of your life on a choice of ghost walks operated by local historian and haunt hero, Richard Felix. All three options offer surprises and tales of intrigue and mystery: City Centre Spooks, Hangman's Friar Gate, Haunted Pub Crawls.

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Allestree Circular Walk

Woodlands Road Car Park, Woodlands Road, Allestree, Derby
Tel: 01332 255802

An enjoyable walk for all the family but not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
The walk takes in parkland, woodland, river valley and farmland using footpaths and minor roads, through Allestree park to Duffield Church returning via the village of Quarndon. Distance: 9 kilometres/5.5 miles - allow between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. Free leaflet available from Derby Tourist Information Centre 01332 255802

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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Woodland

Occupation Road, Albert Village, Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Tel: 01283 229494    Fax: 01283 229496

47 acres of newly planted woodland created as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. Includes sculpture trail, peace glade and children's glade.

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West Park Meadow Nature Trail

West Park Meadow, West Road, Spondon, Derby
Tel: 01332 255021    Fax: 01332 255989

West Park Meadow is a nature reserve located off West Road, between Chaddesden and Spondon. Since 1993, Derby City Council has worked with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, English Nature, The Countryside Agency and local people to improve and manage the site which was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1998. The trail starts on the footpath at the end of West Road and follows a reasonably flat route about 750 metres long which should take about an hour. Not suitable for independent wheelchair users. A free leaflet is available from Derby Tourist Information Centre 01332 255802

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Alvaston Park

London Road, Derby    
: 01332 293111     E-mail: 

Alvaston Park is in the south of Derby, about two miles from the city centre off the A6 London Road. It lies adjacent to the river Derwent, and from here you can cycle or walk along the riverside path - north west to the city centre or south east to Elvaston Country Park. You can also go south to Chellaston, Swarkeston Lock and Melbourne along the filled-in Derby Canal. There is a car park on Meadow Lane, off London Road. Children's Playground - the play are contains a range of play equipment. Toilets - these are in the pavilion, near the main car park. BMX Bike Track.

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Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve

Springwood Drive, Oakwood, Derby
Tel: 01332 255021    Fax: 01332 255989

Chaddesden Wood is the only ancient oak woodland in the city of derby. Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1991. The Nature Trail starts at the main entrance, off Springwood drive, Oakwood. it is just over 1 kilometre/0.6 miles and should take around 45 minutes. The Nature Trail is accessible to wheelchair users except the access points off Silverburn Drive, Foxglove Drive and adjacent to Green Close.

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Ilam Country Park

Ilam, near Ashbourne
Tel: 01335 350245      E-mail:

Ilam Hall Ashbourne Photo © John Darch
Ilam Hall near Ashbourne -
Photo: John Darch CCL


Beautiful area of open park and woodland. Ilam Park runs along both banks of the River Manifold, with spectacular views towards Dovedale.

What remains of Ilam Hall is a youth hostel and NT visitor centre, tea-room and shop.

A small garden has been created on the site of the old Italian Garden situated below the stableblock.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Longshaw Estate

Sheffield, S11 7TZ
Tel: 01433 637904     Fax: 01433 630629

Longshaw Estate Hathersage Photo © Mike Fowkes
Longshaw Estate near Hathersage
- Photo: Mike Fowkes CCL


Wide expanse of moorland, woods and farmland within the Peak District National Park.

The estate provides excellent walking country with dramatic views, only ten miles south-west of the centre of Sheffield.

Discount National Trust Membership

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High Peak Estate

High Peak Estate Office, Edale End, Hope Valley, S33 6RF
Tel: 01433 670368    Fax: 01433 670397

Mam Tor & Lose Hill Derbyshire Photo © John Charlton
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Photo: John Charlton CCL


Vast area of outstanding walking country.

The High Peak stretches from the heather-clad moors of Park Hall to the gritstone of Derwent Edge, and from the peat bogs of Bleaklow to the limestone crags of Winnats Pass.

The wild Pennine moorlands are of international importance for their populations of breeding birds, including golden plover, Merlin and red grouse.

Sites of particular interest include Mam Tor, with its spectacular views, landslip and prehistoric settlement; Odin Mine, one of the oldest lead mines in Derbyshire; and the unspoilt valley of Snake Pass. Kinder Scout, where the Mass Trespass of 1932 took place, is the highest point for fifty miles around.

The Trust also owns several farms in the beautiful Edale valley. A major woodland restoration project (in partnership with the Forestry Commission) is underway in the recently acquired Alport Valley.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Aspire Adventure Activities

3 Unity Villas, Dale Road North, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2HX
Tel: 01629 732445     E-mail:

Guided walks and orienteering events arranged in various parts of the Peak District. Duke of Edinburgh Training available. Year round professional instruction for groups and individuals of all abilities. AALA licensed. Mountain Leader Award - Summer (MLA).

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Transpeak Walks

Transpeak Walks  Marple Cheshire 
: 07960 345415     E-mail:

Transpeak Walks are a not for profit voluntary group offering "free to the public" guided walks in The Peak District. We specialise in linear Station to Station walks, concentrating on The Hope Valley (Manchester - Sheffield), Buxton & Glossop railway lines.

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