Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Black Rocks is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us

Black Rocks is sign posted off the B5036 Matlock to Wirksworth road.

Wirksworth, Matlock
Sat Nav Postcode: DE4 4NQ
OS Grid Ref

53.09772, -1.568362

Parking and prices

A Derbyshire County Council car park is adjacent to the wood. Charges apply.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Try our easy access trails page to find accessible parking near you.

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

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

  • 2 walking trails
  • Orienteering
  • Dog walking
  • Picnic area
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