Let's Go To Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Wirksworth, Matlock DE4, UK

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Derbyshire Dales town of Wirksworth. Here's our list of places to explore on your next visit to Wirksworth.

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National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre is a visitor centre set within six former limestone quarries, which offers both indoor and outdoor activities, like gemstone panning and following outdoor fossil trails. There's also a rock shop and the Blue Lagoon Coffee House and Cafe on site too. 

You can explore the 40 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest for free, and it is open every day (except for Christmas Day) between 10am and 4pm.

Find out more on the National Stone Centre website here

High Peak Trail

Middleton Top is a fantastic place to start your journey along the High Peak Trail. At Middleton Top, there's a gift shop, visitor centre, cycle hire centre, picnic area, public toilets, and a car park.

The trail itself is 17.5 miles long and goes nearly all the way to Buxton. There are beautiful views on offer, and it makes for a lovely cycling experience.

You can find out more on the Derbyshire County Council website.

Black Rocks

Despite being a bit of a steep climb, Black Rocks is a fantastic place to visit if you're after stunning views across the Derbyshire countryside.

From Black Rocks, you can walk on to lots of other beautiful places in the area too, like the High Peak Trail, Sheep Pasture Top, or the woodlands of Cromford Moor.

You can find out more about Black Rocks on the Derbyshire County Council website here.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway, and it stretches all the way from Wirksworth to Duffield. With five different stations, you can travel around the local area in style on a steam or heritage diesel train.

At Wirksworth station, there's a museum, shop, cafe, miniature railway, and a bar too! Plus, you can drive a train with a range of different driving experiences on offer. There are also dining experiences on board the trains too, like the Derbyshire Countryman Dining. 

You can find out more on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway website here.


StarDisc is a 12-metre diameter star chart etched into black granite, which looks out onto the Ecclesbourne Valley. 

StarDisc was devised by writer, artist, and activist Aiden Shingler back in 2011, when he was enchanted by the night sky. It's described as a 21st Century Stone Circle & Celestial Amphitheatre. Not only is StarDisc a great place to learn about the constellations and to take in stunning views, it's also a fantastic place to go stargazing.

It's based in Stoney Wood and is free to visit. StarDisc is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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