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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?

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Hi really enjoy black rocks for a climb or walk but was wondering how much of the surrounding Woodland is forestry commission land because much of the forest above the high Peak trail looks as if it is plantation but I have never been sure who owned it.


George Bell, 8/Jun/2017

Hi George, I will pass your comment on to the local team who will respond directly to you. I am glad you enjoy the woodland.

Forestry Commission Response

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.

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Last updated: 4th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • A small refreshment kiosk is located in the car park.
  • 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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK290557
Postcode: DE4 4NQ

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Opening & Parking

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

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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.