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Explore Matlock Moors
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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.

Horse Riding

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

Wharncliffe Woods, Grenoside

Farley and Bottom Moor, Matlock Moor

Blidworth Wood 

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 Stars 3 Stars

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.

Anonymous, 28/Jun/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars


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.

Mark Smith, 22/Oct/2015

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Last updated: 16th May 2018

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