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Outdoor Recreation

  • Allotments Open or Close

    Renting an allotment can be a great way to grow your own organic produce, enjoy the open air and get regular exercise. There are many allotments throughout North East Derbyshire; some are administered by the local Parish Council, others are privately owned.

    Contact the Estates and Valuations team using the details on the right if you have a query about an allotment.

  • Country Parks Open or Close
  • Cycling Open or Close

    The District benefits from a wealth of cycling opportunities. Within the area there are two purpose built trails - the Five Pits Trail and the southern spur of the Trans Pennine Trail providing over 20 miles of traffic free cycling.

    Rother Valley Country Park has cycle routes and cycles to suit all ages are available for hire.

    North East Derbyshire also benefits from a network of bridleways and minor country lanes.

    Extreme Wheels

    We also have the fantastic Extreme Wheels Rodashows this summer, perfect for the adrenalin junkies. This is for ages 7+ (under 9's must be supervised by a parent or guardian). Where we are visiting areas in the district with the roadshows for doing bmx stunts and much more. See the event details here.

  • Fishing Open or Close
    Barlow Trout & Coarse Fishery, Mill Farm, Barlow
    Four trout lakes, fresh water brook, four coarse angling lakes. Snack cabin and toilets.   
    Tel: 0114 289 0543.  Open all year dawn to dusk.
    Meadow Farm Pond, Clay Cross
    Day tickets from Clay Cross Angling, High Street, Clay Cross.  Tel: 01246 251777.
    Northern Lake and Nethermoor Lake, Rother Valley Country Park
    Daily/Season fishing permit available, E.A. rod licence needed. Organised match fishing is permitted on the main lake from 1 April - 30 September for disabled people only and 1 October - 31 March for anyone. Tel: 0114 247 1452.
    Ogston Reservoir
    Day tickets available from Dean’s Tackle Shop,  
    High Street, Clay Cross. Tel: 01246 861888.
    Press Manor Carp Fishery
     Day tickets available from Dean’s Tackle Shop, High Street, Clay Cross.  Tel: 01246 861888 or Chesterfield Angling Tackle Shop, 34 Chester Street, Chesterfield. Tel: 01246 208710 or from the bailiff on site.
    Wingerworth Lido
    Day tickets from Dean’s Tackle Shop, High Street, Clay Cross. Tel: 01246 861888 or from the bailiff on site.  Facilities for disabled groups (please book in advance).
  • Footpaths and Public Rights of Way Open or Close

    Derbyshire County Council maintain public footpaths and rights of way across Derbyshire and will deal with problems including obstructions, illegal signage and unauthorised usage. You can find out more on their website.

    As a District Council, our role is to deal with diversion orders and applications for extinguishment. We also have guidance for diversions and extinguishment applications.

    You can find out about walks and trails around our area here.


  • Jogging Open or Close
    Jogging is a great way to keep fit and healthy. It's easy, it's free, you can do it anywhere, at anytime with no special equipment. It is a great sport to get back into fitness and we have a number of groups in the district that encourage people to become fitter and be more active whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside the area has to offer.
    We are part of Jog Derbyshire, an established network of community based jogging groups through which anyone who is new to jogging, or has not run for a long time can be guided through a series of gentle walking and jogging programmes led by a qualified Jog Leader.
    Dronfield Diamonds (Beginners) meet every Monday 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Entry fee £1. Contact Lucy for further details on 07734444703 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Sindelfingen Park
    S18 8ZQ
    Meeting Point
    Meet at the basketball court on the park

    Jog Eckington (skill level mixed) meet every Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Free entry. Contact Darren Ward for further details on 01246 217481 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Eckington Swimming Pool, Gosber Street
    S21 4DA

  • Parks and Recreation Grounds Open or Close

    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.

  • Walking Open or Close

    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 TrailClay 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.

    Rother Valley Country Park

    The Five Pits Trail - The Five Pits Trail is one of the multi-user, off-road, surfaced routes that make up the Phoenix Greenways.

    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.


Sport Activity Finder

Outdoor Recreation contacts

  • Tel: 01246 217285
  • Email: 
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  • Alt. tel: 01246 231111
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