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Coronavirus and visiting our countryside sites.

Our country parks and countryside sites are open for you to enjoy but here's what you need to know if you're heading out to visit our countryside sites, and the measures in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

Please use our sites responsibly. Make good use of the space available and follow social distancing guidelines. Limit your use of narrow trails and towpaths which impact the 2 metre guidance.

Car parking

Car parks at our countryside sites are open. Please pay attention to signage around our sites and do not try to park if car parks are full. Parking charges have now been reinstated.


Toilet facilities are now open at:

  • Middleton Top
  • High Peak Junction Visitor Centre
  • Cromford Wharf
  • Tapton Lock (during visitor centre opening hours – generally 10am to 4pm)
  • Black Rocks
  • Elvaston Castle Country Park grounds (but toilets located at the castle remain closed because it’s not possible to maintain social distancing)
  • Shipley Country Park
  • Hayfield
  • Grin Low

Additional cleaning is in place across all these sites.

Toilets at our other sites remain closed and we are working to reopen them in line with health and safety guidance in relation to preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Shops, visitor centres and cycle hire

Visitor centre shop kiosks offering take away refreshments are open at:

  • Shipley Country Park
  • Elvaston Castle Country Park
  • Middleton Top – where the cycle hire facility has also reopened
  • High Peak Junction
  • Tapton Lock

Please note times may vary – contact a centre directly for more information.

Cafés and refreshments

Some ice cream and coffee concessions are operating a takeaway service but some remain closed.

Tramper hire - all terrain mobility scooters

If you require a tramper, pre-booking is essential. You can hire a tramper at the following locations:

  • Shipley Country Park
  • Elvaston Castle Country Park
  • Middleton Top, High Peak Trail
  • Tapton Lock, Chesterfield Canal
  • Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre

Children's play areas and outdoor gym equipment

The playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment have reopened at Shipley Country Park and Elvaston Castle Country Park, but please follow the guidance displayed for your safety and that of others.

Other facilities

Facilities at our sites which remain closed include:

  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or 'trampers' at High Peak Junction


We've cancelled many events scheduled to take place at our countryside sites due to the impact of COVID-19 and to comply with the current government guidance on social distancing and gathering. You can view details of all current 2020 cancellations.