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

Opening hours

Matlock Moors is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us

Matlock Moors is located approximately two miles north of Matlock. 

Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire
Sat Nav Postcode: DE4 5LQ
OS Grid Ref
SK301631

53.164176, -1.5512429

Parking and prices

There is no official car park at Matlock Moors, however there are a number of pull-ins and laybys.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

There are no waymarked walking trails, and no easy access route.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed

Contact details

Explore the sights and sounds of Matlock Moors today

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

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Horse riders are welcome to explore our network of paths in Farley and Bottom Moor (Matlock Moors) with a valid permit.

Permits can be bought by purchasing a Membership, which includes your horse riding permit plus other benefits.

The permit allows you to ride in a variety of woodlands including Wharncliffe Woods, Sherwood Pines, Blidworth Woods, Haywood Oaks and Farley and Bottom Moor (Matlock, Derbyshire).

Advice on riding in each wood can be obtained by contacting the local team.

The revenue from the permit goes back into improving our equestrian facilities and services in the above woodlands.

Walking on Matlock Moors is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Matlock Moors has a range of paths that run through the area. 

Nearby forests

Black rocks landscape

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.

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.

Woman and dog looking out over field

Formally 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! 

Pond in forest

Pleasley Park is a lovely mix of broadleaved and coniferous trees. Its 74 hectares offer delightful walks amongst a variety of trees. There is a pond to discover too.

It is bordered to the south and west by footpaths making it easily accessible for visitors.

 

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