Black Rocks

Visitor information

Interesting land forms, picturesque views and a fascinating history are all waiting to be discovered at Black Rocks

The wood takes it's name from a sizable gritstone outcrop called Black Rocks and forms part of a larger woodland called Cromford Moor. The area is managed in partnership with Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service.

The wood is situated on a hill with splendid views of the Derwent Valley and contains remains of quarries and other workings.

The Black Rocks site was mined for lead, and the spoil on the scree supports many interesting lead tolerant plants (leadworts). The scree slope is also an ideal place to search for a variety of rocks and minerals. Other interesting habitats can be explored from Black Rocks, since it is near the boundary between limestone and gritstone. Cromford Moor has heather moorland and various types of woodland.

Two woodland trails and an orienteering course are present in the wood. The area is also very popular with climbers.

Black Rocks is widely used by outdoor activity providers who require a permit prior to commercial use of the site. Please contact the local team for more information. 

At a glance

  • Orienteering
  • Dog walking
  • Picnic area

Things to do

Orienteering is a map reading challenge that's suitable for all levels. Why not give it a try at Black Rocks?

The aim is for everyone to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you're a little more competitive, challenge others to complete the course in the quickest time.

There is a permanent orienteering course available at Black Rocks. For further information, please contact Derwent Valley Orienteers



Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Black Rocks. Just bring along good food and company!

Picnic tables are located at the foot of the rocks and in the car park.

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Nearby forests

Waterfall over rocks

Located near Cromford, Shining Cliff is ancient woodland which was part of the royal hunting forest of Duffield Frith and is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The wood supports a diverse bird community including warblers, flycatchers and bramblings. In the spring, coppiced sycamore trees provide a canopy for a carpet of bluebells, something that can't be missed.

Walking trail at Forty Acre Piece

Comprising of seven coniferous woodlands, Matlock Moors is not short of great walking opportunities.

Woman and dog looking out over field

Formerly two colliery sites, Silverhill Wood has been transformed into a beautiful woodland through a process of coal washing, engineering, landscaping, fertilising and planting. Its mixture of rich broadleaf and conifer trees, open meadows and ponds make it a woodland not to be missed! 

Why not explore the woodland on the orienteering course, speed through the trees on two wheels or stop by the dog selfie area! 

Thieves Wood

Thieves Wood provides the scenery for an exciting day out with a walking trail that starts from the car park, offering easy access into the wood. 

The Robin Hood Way, a long distance trail that runs through Nottinhamshire exploring the legend of Robin Hood, also passes through the wood.

There is also a refreshment cabin in the car park where you can stock up on snacks in preparation for your adventure!

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