Derby has many fine parks and gardens for public use, meaning there are lots of spaces to discover. There are over 375 parks and open spaces covering 13% of Derby City – a total of 900 hectares, or 2200 football pitches.
Helpful information staff and rangers are on hand all year round at the visitor centres, and a range of literature is on offer, such as:
site information and much more
Here are some of the top green spots in Derbyshire:
- Elvaston Castle Country Park and information centre
Near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park has approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens.
- Grassmoor Country Park
Grassmoor Country Park sits at the northern end of the Five Pits Trail. It is a lovely spot for strolling or picnicking among large open meadows all year round.
- High Peak Junction Visitor Centre
Nestled in the Derwent Valley, High Peak Junction was the hub of transport activity and is now a true haven of heritage and wildlife.
- Middleton Top Countryside Centre
Middleton Top is situated on the High Peak Trail, Middleton by Wirksworth. It has a shop, cycle hire centre, car park, toilets and picnic area.
- Pleasley Pit Country Park and Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Pleasley Pit Country Park is a reclaimed colliery site and local nature reserve. It’s a great place to see many different birds, wildflowers and insects.
- Poulter Country Park
Visitors to Poulter Country Park can enjoy walking on well surfaced limestone paths that meander through maturing plantations and wildflower meadows.
- Shipley Country Park and visitor centre
Shipley Country Park is located near Derby and Nottingham and offers 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape.
- Tapton Lock
Come and visit us at the only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.
In addition to the larger parks and open spaces, locations of local parks and green spaces can be found at www.inderby.org.uk/parks/derbys-parks-and-open-spaces/other-parks/