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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 apply.


Toilet facilities are 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.

Shops, visitor centres and cycle hire

Visitor centre kiosks offering take away refreshments are open at:

  • Shipley Country Park
  • Elvaston Castle Country Park
  • Middleton Top
  • 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 and cafés are operating a takeaway service but some are closed.

Shipley Country Park

Derby Lodge is currently operating a takeaway service only from Thursday to Monday.

Ramblers coffee shop closed from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Nutbrook trail café closed from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Wyatt's Tea Rooms is currently operating a takeaway service only.

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

Children's play areas and outdoor gym equipment

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

Closed facilities

Facilities which are closed include:

  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or 'trampers' at High Peak Junction and at Creswell Crags Museum which will be closed to visitors in line with new restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020


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