Matlock Moors comprises seven predominantly coniferous woodland areas on the moorland plateau above the village of Matlock.
There are no formal facilities for visitors but the larger woods Bottom and Farley Moor have surfaced forest roads suitable for walking and cycling.
Riding in Matlock Moor is by permit only and costs £40 per year. The permit allows you to ride in a variety of woodlands and also includes our Discovery Pass.
Please show consideration for other forest users including cyclists and walkers. Please also observe all operational signage and diversions.
Woodlands included in the permit are:
Sherwood Pines Forest Park (map are available on request)
Facilities at Blidworth and Haywood Oaks include a horse trail and lockable parking area. Keys for this corral can be obtained on request from the South Beat Recreation Ranger. Parking in Sherwood Pines is available in the outer main car parks where it is easier to unload and mount up. If these are closed during quieter times please use a corner of the main car park.
Maps are on the relevant woods web page. 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.
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What do other visitors say?
3 StarsAnonymous, 28/Jun/2016
Some lovely walks around the woods, plenty of wild life, Ive seen Foxes, Deer, Badgers, Woodpeckers and quite a few Buzzards. Some of the softer natural paths have been affected by Horse Riding over use, although that may be due to the wet weather we have had recently. Also nice to see that the cleared areas have been replanted.
4 StarsMark Smith, 22/Oct/2015
I echo Adrian's comments regarding MTB use in the Matlock woods and understand the financial constraints. Would a smaller scale trail network maintained by volunteer groups be a more attainable and sustainable option. There are some really good unofficial trails that would benifit from official recognition.
Adrian Deveril, 25/Aug/2015
I have been a big fan of the MTB trail centres at places like Cannock Chase and think that the Matlock Moors could be utilised in such a manner. It would bring visitors and revenue to the area.
Would the Forestry Commission be interested in looking at this? There are many unofficial trails but it's crying out for something more purpose built.
Forestry Commission Response
Dear Adrian We are aware of the potential for MTB recreation at Matlock Moor, but unlike Cannock or Sherwood Pines we do not have either the infrastructure or the income to support anything similar at present. We are, however, always willing to listen to proposals from potential private partners, if you can come up with a sustainable plan for such a centre.