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Countryside sites

Our sites and car parks remain open but please see our countryside information for the latest about what facilities are open and the safety measures in place.

A field in summer with sunflowers

Parks and countryside sites

We look after more than 120 countryside sites, many of which have public access.

We manage a wonderful variety of sites and facilities, ranging from local footpaths to national trails, large country parks to small picnic sites, from amenity grasslands to flower-rich hay meadows, from reservoirs to ponds, to car parks, canals, wetlands, woodlands, visitor centres and even historic buildings and structures.

Why not come and explore our country parks, wildlife and amenities (including picnic sites, sites of interest and grasslands), visitor centres, woodland, waterways and wetlands and walks and trails.


If you fancy exploring on two wheels you can hire a bicycle from our cycle hire centre at Middleton Top. We have a range of cycles including, tandems, towing buggies and cycles for disabled people.

Rights of way (RoW)

Our public rights of way network is more than 3,000 miles long and is made up of footpaths, bridleways and byways.


A fantastic array of countryside events and activities are on offer throughout the year - check out our countryside events to find out what's on near you.


Why not get involved and become a countryside volunteer. We have opportunities ranging from wildlife conservation to visitor care, indoors and out, midweek and at weekends.

Access for All

You can hire a 'Tramper' scooter at some of our countryside sites.

These machines are designed to cope with rough and tough terrain, giving people with mobility problems the chance to get out and about in the Derbyshire countryside. Find out more about access for all.