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Country parks and visitor centres

Visitor centres are a great place to start your visit from, whether it be walking, wayfaring or bird watching.

Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Helpful information staff and rangers are on hand all year round at the visitor centres, and a range of literature is on offer, such as:

  • maps
  • trail leaflets
  • walk guides
  • site information and much more

Our visitor centres are open throughout the year, please refer to the individual centres for details.


  • Elvaston Castle Country Park and information centre

    Located in Derbyshire, near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens. It's also the venue for our popular woodland festival.

  • Grassmoor Country Park

    Just three miles from Chesterfield, Grassmoor Country Park sits at the northern end of the Five Pits Trail. It is a lovely spot for strolling or picnicking among large open meadows all year round.

  • High Peak Junction Visitor Centre

    Nestled in the Derwent Valley, High Peak Junction was the hub of transport activity and is now a true haven of heritage and wildlife. It's literally the junction of the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Trail.

  • Middleton Top Countryside Centre

    The Middleton Top Countryside Centre is situated on the High Peak Trail, Middleton by Wirksworth.

  • Pleasley Pit Country Park and Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

    Pleasley Pit Country Park, as its name suggests, is a reclaimed colliery site. Now it is such a great place for nature lovers to see many different birds, wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies that it has just been designated as a local nature reserve.

  • Poulter Country Park

    Visitors to Poulter Country Park can enjoy walking on well surfaced limestone paths that meander through maturing plantations and wildflower meadows.

  • Shipley Country Park

    Shipley Country Park is near Derby and Nottingham and offers 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape.

  • Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

    Come and visit us at the only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.