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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

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 steam times are attached to this page.

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: between 9.30am and 4.45pm
  • September to October: weekends only and October half term.

Visitor centre winter opening hours

  • Weekends only, November to Easter: between 9.30am and 4.15pm.

Facilities available

  • Bridleway/Horse riding trail


  • Cycle path


  • Easy access for all


  • Footpath


  • Light refreshments


  • Parking


  • Picnic area


  • Toilets


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