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
- FACILITIES: None
- PARKING: Roadside on Farley Lane
- GRADIENT: Level
- TERRAIN: Gravel roads
- OS MAP: White Peak 1:25 000 or download one
- Park by the steel gate on Farley Lane, opposite Sydnope Stand – there’s space here for a couple of cars.
- 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.