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Coronavirus and visiting our countryside sites

Our countryside sites and car parks are open for exercise in line with government restrictions.

Here's what you need to know before visiting 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.

Toilets

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 closed.

The Ramblers coffee shop is operating a takeaway service until further notice.

Nutbrook trail café is operating a takeaway service from 10am to 3pm on Fridays and at weekends.

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Wyatt's Tea Rooms is currently 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

Children's play areas and outdoor gym equipment

The playgrounds are open at Shipley Country Park and Elvaston Castle Country Park, but please follow the guidance displayed for your safety and that of others. Outdoor gym equipment at Shipley Country Park is closed in line with the government's national lockdown restrictions.

Closed facilities

Facilities which are closed include:

  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or 'trampers' at High Peak Junction - the narrowness of the towpath means it's not possible to socially distance
  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or 'trampers' at Creswell Crags Museum which is closed to visitors in line with current government restrictions
  • outdoor gym equipment at Shipley Country Park is closed in line with the government's national lockdown restrictions