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Matlock moors pushchair walk

Although geographically part of the Eastern moors, the moors above Matlock have been given over to forestry and so aren’t particularly interesting walking terrain. That said, they have a big bonus for pushchairs – forestry roads! This is a short in-and-out pushchair run I’ve done a couple of times, on a very good gravel road. Things to look out for include dragonflies and, well, big piles of felled pine! You’ll almost certainly have the place to yourself and it does make a nice change of scene from farmland. I believe it’s possible to turn it into a loop, too, although we’ve never explored this… or just how far you can go!.

  • AREA: Matlock
  • DISTANCE: 3-4km return
  • PARKING: Roadside on Farley Lane
  • GRADIENT: Level
  • TERRAIN: Gravel roads
  • OS MAP: White Peak 1:25 000 or download one

  1. Park by the steel gate on Farley Lane, opposite Sydnope Stand – there’s space here for a couple of cars.
  2. Follow the main gravel road into the forest, bending right (south) after a few hundred metres, then left after three-quarters of a mile or so. Follow the road as far as you want, then return by the same route.

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