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Explore Black Rocks
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

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.

What do other visitors say?

I saw a video on youtube of Black Rocks MTB trails but i couldnt find any more information on them i was wondering where the start point is and maybe some more general info on the trails, Thanks Chris

Chris Dickson, 4/Aug/2016

Dear Chris - there are no official MTB trails at Black Rocks. We do allow informal use on forest tracks but do not encourage cyclists to use this wood as its small sze and lack of purpose built facilities make it unsuitable for this type of activity.

Forestry Commission Response

There's a lot of work going on in the plantations at the moment that seems to be affecting the blue trail quite badly. It is very rutted and boggy in places. How long will it be until the paths are repaired, and might it be possible to suggest some signposted diversions to less boggy trails please?

Gill, 11/Feb/2015

Although the paths have been affected by harvesting, the contractor has now taken out the worst of the ruts, and regraded the paths as much as is preacticable at present. Once the paths have dried out over the summer we will reassess any further work that is required. There are no plans to signpost alternatives in the wood, but there are many other informal trails not affected by the recent work which you are free to use.

Forestry Commission Response
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I used to come here as a young child with my grandparents (in the early late seventies/early eighties. I remember there being three trails then, I think they were red, blue and white. I remember the white trial being the longest and red the shortest. We've recently been with our kids, 7 and 9 yrs. We walked the blue route and they loved it. I'd like to find the old routes somewhere but not having much luck. I never walked the old white route (I guess my grandparents thought it was too long for us) but I would love to know where it went - or is it what is now the blue route? Great place. Bring decent walking footwear. Well worth a visit for walking and fantastic views.

Charlie Smith, 25/Nov/2013

Hi Charlie. Thanks for your comment and I am glad you like to visit this site. The hunt is on to find the answer to your question! An email will be with you shortly with more information.

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Last updated: 29th March 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • A small refreshment kiosk is located in the car park.
  • Cycling
  • The woodland is adjacent to the High Peak Trail which allows cyclists, walkers and horse riders to travel from Cromford to Buxton.
  • Horse riding
  • The woodland is adjacent to the High Peak Trail which allows cyclists, walkers and horse riders to travel from Cromford to Buxton.
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering maps are available from Middleton Top Countryside Centre.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • A Derbyshire County Council car park is adjacent to the wood. Charges apply.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic tables are located at the foot of the rocks and in the car park.
  • Walking
  • Follow the green and blue trail from the car park. A map is available on the Derbyshire County Council website.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are located in the car park.
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OS Grid ref: SK214549

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Opening & Parking

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

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