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Middleton Top Countryside Centre

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

Middleton Top Engine House

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Middleton Top, as you might expect, is at the top of a hill and offers delightful views of the surrounding countryside.

This site has a visitor centre, gift shop and cycle hire centre, car park, toilets and picnic area. Whether on foot, horse or bike it is an ideal place to start your visit along the beautiful High Peak Trail.

It houses the restored steam engine house built in 1829 by the Butterley Company to haul wagons up the Middleton incline.

The Middleton Top Engine House is open to the public on certain weekends throughout the year.

The countryside centre sells a range of books, maps, leaflets and gifts, along with hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are plenty of places nearby to enjoy a scenic picnic including Redhill Quarry Nature Reserve located behind Middleton Top. Here you will find wildflowers growing in abundance in the summer, including several species of orchid.

Visitor centre summer opening hours

Easter to August and September 1-3 from 9:30am to 4:45pm

September to October weekends only and October half term.

Visitor centre winter opening hours

Weekends only, November to Easter from 9.30am to 4.15pm.

February half term 19 February 2022 to 27 February 2022.

Christmas and New Year week 26 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

Middleton Top Engine House operating days


Open but static. Saturday 4 June, Sunday 5 June


Sunday 3 July, Sunday 10 July, Sunday 17 July, Sunday 24 July


Sunday 7 August, Sunday 14 August, Sunday 21 August

August bank holiday

Sunday 28 August, Monday 29 August

September heritage open day (free)

Sunday 18 September


Sunday 9 October, Sunday 30 October

See the world’s oldest beam engine of its type in action. Discover how it got wagons up and down steep hills on one of the world’s first long-distance railways.


Admission is £2.70, concessions are £1.30. Parking charges apply.


The car park machines on this site take cash only.

Facilities available

  • Bridleway/Horse riding trail

  • Cycle path

  • Easy access for all

  • Footpath

  • Light refreshments

  • Parking

  • Picnic area

  • Toilets

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