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Countryside sites

Facilities at our countryside sites remain closed including:

  • car parks
  • shops, cafes and visitor centres
  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or ‘trampers’
  • play equipment and outdoor gym equipment
  • cycle hire at Middleton Top

Residents living within walking distance can access our countryside sites and country parks in line with Government advice to go for a walk, jog or cycle in their household group, keeping a safe distance from others once a day.

Please take any litter and dog poo bags home with you as bin collections on our site will be less frequent than usual.

A field in summer with sunflowers

Parks and countryside sites

We look after more than 80 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.