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Access for all

Ever wondered where you can access in the countryside?

Ever wondered how to get started?

Ever wandered... on a tramper?


Person on a tramper at Shipley Country Park

Derbyshire is the perfect place to explore for people of all abilities.

Traffic-free trails, bridleways and byways connect beautiful countryside and quiet villages through green hills and rugged open moorland.

Access Derbyshire is an initiative aimed at improving countryside access for all people.

Our 420km of greenways are predominantly accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and anyone who wants easy access to the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

The network has gentle gradients and easy start and finish locations.

Tramper hire

Tramper 'all terrain mobility scooters', give people with more limited mobility the freedom to explore. They can be hired from the following locations across the county:

  • Shipley Country Park, Heanor, DE75 7GX, tel: 01629 533991
  • Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby, DE72 3EP, tel: 01629 533870
  • High Peak Junction Visitor Centre, near Cromford, DE4 5AA, tel: 01629 533298
  • Middleton Top Visitor Centre, near Wirksworth, DE4 4LS, tel: 01629 533298
  • Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, Chesterfield, S41 7JB, tel: 01629 533020
  • Creswell Crags Museum and Visitor Centre, Creswell, S80 3LH, tel: 01909 720378
  • Cromford Mill, Cromford, DE4 3RQ, tel: 01629 343050

These visitor centres all have trampers available for hire by people with limited mobility, aged 16 years or above.

A tramper can be hired during each centre's normal opening hours. Booking is essential.

To become a registered user, or to hire a tramper, you'll need to provide 2 forms of identification. Acceptable forms include a passport, driving licence or blue badge card plus a recent utility bill (no older than 3 months). You'll receive a short familiarisation session before using the tramper.

You can become a registered tramper user for £25 per year. You can then book and access a tramper at all of the locations.

For non-registered users, the cost is:

  • 1 hour trial (once only) - free plus £20 refundable deposit
  • £5.30 per hour plus £20 refundable deposit

Please contact any of the visitor centres for further information, to register or to make a booking.

One of our registered users of the tramper scheme have created 2 wonderful videos of them using the Tramper at our Elvaston Castle Country Park and Middleton Top Visitor Centre on the High Peak Trail with their family.

Tramper hire terms and conditions

The tramper is the property of Derbyshire County Council and is intended for less able members of the public for use on our countryside sites.

The tramper will, hopefully, provide access opportunities to people allowing them to explore the country parks and trails. We need to protect this piece of equipment and to help us, please read these terms and conditions of hire.

  1. The electric vehicle is available to members of the public with limited mobility for use on paths in the country parks and trails only. It must not be taken off paths or out of the Derbyshire County Council site boundaries.
  2. Whilst Derbyshire County Council makes every effort to ensure that the vehicles are maintained in a fully serviceable state, Derbyshire County Council shall not be held responsible for any failure, loss or inconvenience caused by the tramper not being available or not functioning.
  3. The user accepts and agrees that use of the tramper is entirely at his or her own risk and the user is fully responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever which arises whether to themselves or to any third party.
  4. Derbyshire County Council gives no warranty as to the suitability of the paths on which the tramper may be used.
  5. Users are required to exercise due care and judgement when operating the tramper and when assessing the suitability of the paths they are using.
  6. Users will be held responsible for the cost of any repairs if the tramper is damaged due to the misuse of the user.
  7. Users should not leave the tramper unattended or abandoned.
  8. Only one person at a time is permitted to use the tramper and users are not permitted to carry children or cumbersome articles, which may impede the operation of the tramper.
  9. Users are required to be aware of, and considerate to, other visitors. Users should slow down when passing others, especially cyclists and horse riders.
  10. Users are advised to carry a mobile telephone in case of an incident or breakdown so that countryside service staff can find and assist the user.
  11. The user agrees to return the tramper to the visitor centre at the stipulated time. Failure to do so will result in the user being charged at £5.30 per hour, or part thereof, for each hour or part of an hour over the stipulated time. This charge will be deducted from the deposit, or invoiced if the user is a registered member.
  12. The user should be aware that not all our sites are accessible because of physical barriers such as motorbike and horse barriers, gates and stiles. Countryside service staff are continuously working towards improving this situation by removing barriers or replacing them with more appropriate structures that allow tramper access. If the user has a particular access issue along a route then the user should inform a member of the countryside service staff so that the issue can be investigated.
  13. A registered tramper user can use their membership card to hire a tramper at the following sites:
    Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre tel: 01909 720378
    Elvaston Castle Country Park tel: 01629 533870
    High Peak Junction tel: 01629 533298
    Middleton Top Visitor Centre tel: 01629 533298
    Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre tel: 01629 533991
    Tapton Lock Visitor Centre tel: 01629 533020
    Cromford Mill tel: 01629 343050
    The terms and conditions of use at other sites apply. At Middleton Top, High Peak Junction and Cromford Mill the tramper should not be used on any public road, except to cross a road where the route of the High Peak Trail does so or to cross from Cromford Mill Yard to Cromford Wharf to access the Cromford Canal towpath.

Access for All countryside sites

The following countryside sites all have easy Access For All:

To request further information or to send us your comments please email: countrysideservice@derbyshire.gov.uk