Derbyshire and The Peak District
This is the place to locate countryside walks, nature reserves, and parks etc, in Derbyshire and the Peak District,that are accessible to wheelchair users, mobility scooters, pushchairs and buggies.
The walks and sites listed will generally be easy going for the able bodied and families who just want a gentle stroll, as well as accessible to the wheelchair and mobility scooter users and families with buggies
Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Derbyshire and the Peak District.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Access Peak Project - "Access Peak is a series of videos showing how wheelchair users and people with other mobility problems can enjoy the Peak District."
Arboretum Tree Trail (Derby) - Archived PDF download - The trail is just over 1km - it is suitable for independent wheelchair users
Amber Valley Borough Council’s parks and open spaces - eight Green Flag Award winning parks with facilities suitable for everyone.
Carsington Water - Many areas of Carsington Water are wheelchair friendly and wheelchairs are available for use on-site
Chesterfield Canal - The canal tow-path is multi-user so whether you are walking, cycling, have a pram or a wheelchair you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife
Conksbury Bridge - The space reserved for disabled people is stone surfaced and fairly smooth, and gives ramped access to 500m of level riverside walk in the delightful Lathkill Dale.The path is constructed of well compacted limestone.
Cotmanhay Park - Urban green space with a level, surfaced path with street lighting that is suitable for pedestrians and cyclists.
Cromford Canal - The canal can be explored from the towpath between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, a distance of just over five miles. The walk from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction is suitable for pushchair's and wheel chairs. There's a Changing Places toilet for use by the public at the Cromford Wharf Car Park (Req a RADAR key)
Cromford Wharf - Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of Cromford Canal. Built at the end of the 18th century, the wharf was designed to cater for large amounts of both incoming and outgoing traffic.
Darley Park Tree Trail (Derby) - The numbered posts along the tree trail match the numbered sections in this leaflet; the trail is approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) and should take about an hour. The hard surfaced paths are suitable for independent wheelchair users, but not the area through the woodland.
Derby's Riverside Quarter Trail Archived PDF download - This trail is accessible to wheelchair users
Edale, Castleton and Hope - This covers a number of sites - please see the website
Erewash Valley Trail - over 30 miles. Much of the route has easy, level access however there are short steep sections and controls such as kissing gates at some locations - also see ArchivePDF download
Five Pits Trail - Trail entrances are considered to be accessible for disabled people but surface conditions and some steep slopes may limit people's access to some sections - also see ArchivePDF download
Foremark Reservoir - Foremark reservoir has disabled access for those with mobility problems. Car parking spaces and accessible toilets are clearly marked.
Goyt Valley - The wheelchair route follows the line of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, and takes you nearly 2km into wild moorland; a remote and tranquil setting. The surface of the trail is a mixture of stone chippings and grass, level but slightly uneven in places. - also see this website
Great Northern Greenway - The trail has an all weather surface and provides easy access all year round for walkers, families with prams, mobility scooters, cyclists and horse riders.
Hayfield Visitor Centre - It is situated at the eastern end of the Sett Valley Trail, a 2.5 mile traffic free route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists created on a former railway line.
High Peak and Tissington Trails - The trails are generally level and have a variety of surfacing materials, mostly compacted stone and are reasonably firm. They provide easy walking conditions for all abilities and are suitable for wheelchair users.
High Peak Trail - The High Peak Trail is a traffic free trail suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders passing through some of Derbyshire’s finest countryside.
Holmewood Woodlands - Holmewood Woodlands provide opportunities to wander through woodland and grassland areas.
Howard Park (Glossop) - A Victorian park at the northern end of Glossop, paths and seating
Kirl Hallam Lake and Meadow - The site comprises a large lake, a section of the River Nutbrook and a patchwork of unimproved, species rich meadows under Countryside Stewardship.
Linacre Reservoirs - This 200 acre site consists of three small reservoirs - There are toilets and car parking facilities for disabled visitors and some stretches of the adjoining path are accessible by wheelchair
Lower Derwent Trail - Archived PDF download - The trail is accessible to manual wheelchairs but powered mobility equipment users will need a RADAR key for the gates at access points
Longdendale Valley and Trail - A 7 mile track (old railway track bed) surfaced, gentle climb, good for buggies and wheelchairs with assistance. 5 reservoirs along the valley. wheelchair friendly
Manor Park (Glossop) - Green Flag Award - Semi natural woodland and path infrastructure, Sensory Garden
Markeaton Park (Derby) - The numbered posts along the tree trail match the numbered sections in this leaflet; the trail is approximately 1.2 kilometres (0.75 miles) and should take about 30 - 40 minutes. The hard surfaced paths are suitable for independent wheelchair users and buggies - also see Archive PDF download
Memorial Park (Whaley Bridge) - Linking pathways and seating - no accessibility info published
Middleton Top Visitor Centre - The "Top" as you might expect, is at the top of a hill and offers delightful views of the surrounding countryside, fully operational beam engine - car park, toliets and picnic area cycle hire - access to the High Peak Trail - Tramper available
Monsal Trail - Archived PDF download - For cyclists, horse riders, the disabled, mobility and pushchair users there are firm, level surfaces. The trail runs along the bed of an old railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell - see the ACE article click here
Nutbrook Trail - The whole of the section of the Nutbrook Trail that passes through Shipley Country Park can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Ogston Reservoir - Ogston’s public bird hide is adapted for wheel chair use. Ogston Sailing Club also offers amenities for people with disabilities, please telephone 01246 590425 for further details.
Parsley Hay - small visitor centre - cycle hire centre for the High Peak and Tissington Trails - tramper available for hire
Pavilion Gardens (Buxton) - Green Flag Award - Promenades and walks -8 disabled car parking bays on the lower level of the car park - no specific accessibility info published
Access Peak Project - A series of short films showing how wheelchair users and others with mobility problems can access the Peak District National Park
Pinxton Wharf - Located on the edge of Pinxton the site comprises a section of the Pinxton Canal and wharf pond.
Rosliston Forestry Centre - "All our buildings offer wheelchair access and ramps wile we also can provide electric scooter and wheelchair hire, including our new all terrain Tramper vehicle. "
Sarah's Wood Archived PDF download - Sarah's Wood covers 12ha on the edge of Moira and is designed to provide access for all abilities. Tarmac paths loop around the site, although some wheelchair users may need assistance in certain places where paths are not surfaced. Shelter and disabled toilets are located adjacent to the car park. An all abilities children’s playground can be found 60m from the car park.
Silverhill Trail - Completed in 2007 this 4.5mile trail was developed on a former mineral railway that once served the Silverhill Colliery in the former Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire coal fields.The trail has an all weather surface to provide easy access all year round.
Stockley Trail - The Stockley Trail is a two mile multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Tapton Lock Visitor Centre - The Chesterfield Canal Greenway uses part of the trail to create an accessible route linking Chesterfield, Staveley and the communities along the canal.
Tibshelf Ponds - Easy access for all. A number of access routes have been created to allow you to explore the woods.
Tideswell Dale - From the car park an easy going trail leads into the dale - a pleasant spot for less active and disabled people to get into the countryside, with several benches for resting - also see the ACE article click here
Upper Derwent Valley - The Upper Derwent Valley is an excellent area for the disabled to enjoy a day out, with car park provision close to the facilities including toilets. A comprehensive range of cycles including some specialised cycles are also available for hire. Severely disabled visitors wishing to hire cycles should arrange with staff to park close to the cycle hire centre. The picnic site and fishing facilities are also suitable for disabled users. The Dambusters Museum is open on Sundays and is run by volunteers while the information centre is open daily from 9.30am – 5pm. - Two Trampers are available from the cycle hire facility at the Fairholmes visitor centre see this site
Upper Derwent Trail - Archived PDF download - Although most of the route is wheelchair accessible, there are sections that are not suitable for the independent wheelchair user.
Willington Picnic Site - The site gives access to the canal towpath. It is has good access for people with mobility difficulties.
easy going routes - Along the actual trails are a number of cycle hire outlets with a range of specially adapted bikes, including tandems, trikes and wheelchair bikes. Some also have electric mobility scooters for hire, including Derwent (Fairholmes) in the Upper Derwent Valley.
Elvaston Castle Country Park - 200 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens also a nature reserve. The car park (parking charge) is off the B5010 Elvaston to Borrowash road. The site is flat (but not all paths are surfaced) most are - Tramper available - cau use cycle route for good walk to river path which is wide and well surfaced, there is a Changing Places toilet within the main car park
Grassmoor Country Park - Much of the country park is on level ground with surfaced tracks for easier access.
Shipley Country Park - Shipley Country Park achieved Green Flag Award status in July 2008. The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
Derbyshire Dales NNR - (Lathkill Dale) - There's a track running from the lane below Over Haddon to Carter's Mill. The track is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - Website page listing and detail the reserves that are wheelchair accessible
Calke Park NNR - (N.T. Charges) Grounds - Partly accessible, grass, uneven and hard gravel paths, slopes, some steps. Map of accessible route. Park and National Nature Reserve; includes steps, stiles, steep slopes and uneven paths/ground
Red River Local Nature Reserve (Heanor) - "Unfortunately we have not been able to construct proper disable access around Red River: there is, however a stone surfaced path that runs along the length of the site from Loscoe High Street. This includes one moderately sloping section where a wheelchair would need to be pushed, but is otherwise virtually level. There is a seating area with an interpretation panel along this path, overlooking the pond".
The Sanctuary - Pride Park - Two viewing structures have ramped access for wheelchair users and seating. Access is not possible onto The Sanctuary itself. All main features can be easily viewed from a number of points around the perimeter fencing, all accessible from the Park-and-Ride car park
Other Useful Links
Derbyshire Carers - Derbyshire Carers Association, a local charity supporting and advising unpaid / informal carers in Derby City and Derbyshire
Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living (DCIL) - is an organisation of disabled people. It works to apply disabled people's own ideas and experience to developing services and public policies.
Peak District National Park Authority Public Toilets - All toilets have facilities for people with disabilities, although some can only be accessed by people who hold a RADAR key.(which can be bought from our Information Centres at Castleton, Bakewell and Fairholmes in the Upper Derwent)
Chatsworth - Details of accessibility - (charges)
Helen's Trust - Helping incurably ill people stay in their own home - North Derbyshire and Sheffield
Derby Wheelblazers - Wheelchair Basketball in Derby for players of all ages and abilities from basic fitness to competitive play in the National GBWBA league
Derbyshire PFC - powerchair football - Tel: 07546 585572 (no website)
Disability sport in Derbyshire - Here you will find details about some of the opportunities for disabled people available within sport and physical activity, as well as the work that is currently taking place to increase provision.
www.tourist.me.uk/derbyshire - a tourist info site for Derbyshire which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions