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Wildlife and amenity sites

We manage many sites that may be of interest for different reasons, including grasslands and picnic 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.

  • Black Rocks

    This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission.

  • Breadsall Cutting

    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.

  • Grin Low and Buxton Country Park

    Grin Low is a unique site which combines important landscape and wildlife features with an incredibly rich history.

  • Highoredish Picnic Site - local nature reserve

    Highoredish car park and picnic site offers stunning views over Ogston Reservoir. Circular walks are waymarked from the car park.

  • Leawood Pumphouse

    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.