Meet at the basketball court on the park
Eckington Swimming Pool, Gosber Street
There are many parks, playgrounds and recreation grounds throughout the district. Some are council owned, others parish or town councils.
All are free to use and have excellent facilities. The playgrounds we maintain are checked every month that they are in a good, safe condition. Please contact us if you find any problems with one of our areas.
You can download a list of the locations of the playgrounds and maintenance responsibility here.
There are many fantastic trails throughout the district, some easy going low level walks, to the more adventurous peaks of Ashover Tor. There are footpaths suitable for all ages and abilities with breathtaking views to be had. When visiting our area don't forget to snap the countryside, public houses and other features which can be sent to us to share on our social media accounts using the hashtag #nederbyshire.
Black Rocks - This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission. The site has interesting wildlife walks through different types of deciduous and conifer woodland.
Clay Cross Heritage Trail - Clay Cross is on a high ridge which forms the watershed between the south-flowing river Amber and the northward river Rother. The walk, for which at least one and half hours should be allowed, starts at the round tower emerging from the pavement on Market Street.
Eddlestow Lot - Two miles north west of Matlock off the A632 to Chesterfield, Eddlestow Lot occupies the site of three former quarries.
Ford Pond - The site situated in the Moss Valley is adjacent to the Bridge Inn, Ford, off the B6056 or B6054 on the road between Ridgeway and Marsh Lane. Facilities include fishing pond, picnic tables, car park and walks along the side of the River Moss.
Frith Wood - Frith Wood is a wildlife haven where you can enjoy wandering woodland paths, through the meadow and around the pond.
Grassmoor Country Park - This 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.
Hepthorne Lane Trail - This short trail is a well-used local walk linking schools and houses. It used to be the old railway incline that linked the Great Central Railway to the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Now it is a peaceful spot with views over open countryside.
Linacre Reservoirs - The three reservoirs at Linacre are set in an attractive wooded valley and offer the perfect start and finishing point for a walk through the beautiful Linacre and Cordwell Valleys. The gently rolling hills and wooded glades to the north-west of Chesterfield provide the backdrop for circular or linear walks, which can pass by an old manor house, 15th Century Hall, a pinfold and 'Bluster Castle'. There are picnic tables and a car park.
Ogston Reservoir - Four miles east of Matlock on the B6014. Views over the reservoir. Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets, car parking, club sailing, trout fishing and game fishing during the season.
Moss Valley - This area to the west of Eckington, once known for its sickle and scythe industry, is today a sanctuary for wildlife. The Bridge Inn at Ford is a popular starting point for a pleasant stroll along the banks of the River Moss with still a chance to see remains of its industrial past. ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ with good starting points at Ridgeway Craft Centre and Ford are two circular walks of varying duration taking in all aspects of the Moss Valley.
Trans Pennine Trail - This coast-to-coast walk across England links down through Rother Valley Country Park to Chesterfield and follows the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal for most of its 11 mile length. However, a number of access points allow you to adapt the trail to take as long or as short a walk as you like. You can even follow it by bike if you prefer. Look out for blue signposts and Trans Pennine Trail waymarkers to keep you on the right path.
Unstone railway Trail - This nature reserve used to be a mineral railway line and is a great place for a quiet walk.