Wildlife and amenity sites
We manage many sites that may be of interest for different reasons, including grasslands and picnic sites.
Before you venture out, please see the latest information about coronavirus and visiting our countryside sites.
Barbecues are not permitted at any of our sites.
We maintain and manage these resources for everyone to enjoy.
Ashover Rock - local nature reserve
Ashover Rock, or 'The Fabrick' as it’s also known locally, is close to the village of Ashover. It sits on an area of heathland at 299m above sea level.
This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission.
Breadsall Cutting comprises a section of the former Great Northern Railway that has developed a rich flora and wildlife interest.
Cotmanhay Linear Park
Cotmanhay linear park was created on the route of the former Great Northern railway. It's an urban green space, with a level surfaced path and street lighting.
Darley Bridge Picnic Site
This car park provides a good base to explore the local Public Rights of Way, including the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.
Doe Lea Local Nature Reserve
Doe Lea Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a hidden gem, tucked away below the A617 at Bramley Vale. It’s a great place for watching wildlife, especially birds.
Glapwell Countryside Site
This old colliery site was reclaimed in the 1980s and now the Glapwell Countryside site is a place to enjoy nature, walking, cycling and horse riding.
Make a date to see this magnificent steam beam engine in action. Leawood Pumphouse was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.