Wirksworth is richly blessed with places to take kids of all ages. With structured parks and rides for smaller ones, there is also the skate park for the more adventurous, and lots of footpaths and recreation grounds for the more active.
Fanny Shaw’s Playing Field – with both the Skatepark and a more traditional playground with swings, this is the most popular park in town. It features some of the usual play items, is walled/ fenced on most sides (with a path through the cemetery at the bottom, leading towards the Scout Hut and the Wirksworth Pre-school Playgroup).
Recently re-furbished, Gorsey Bank (walk beyond Hannage Brook Medical Centre, over the crossing and round the corner) is tucked away behind the houses. It features a zip wire, securely fenced play park and basketball court.
The Recreation Ground
A small playpark near the Recreation Ground (Cricket Pitch), there is a climbing frame.
A small park with a little bit of equipment, there is a great bowl-shaped area to burn off lots of energy, with bullrushes and a boggy bit in the middle. Be aware that there are lots of entrances and exits (4?), so it’s worth keeping an eye out. A quiet area, but still some traffic.
A little shadier than others, its slides and swings are suitable for the younger children and toddlers. It is fenced on all sides, with one entrance. A very peaceful place with a climbing frame and see saw.
Stoney Wood doesn’t have play equipment, but there are lots of wonderful things to explore and frequent activities. The Star Disc is a firm favourite, and it’s quite a steep walk to get to the top (in case someone in your party needs to work off some energy!).
Bolehill – Northern End of Town
A brand new and welcome addition for families in Wirksworth, the new Stone Centre playground is intended for use by Stone Centre visitors (There are also ice-creams available there!). The Stone Centre playpark has regular swings and toddler safe ones. There’s a small adventure playground type structure with two towers, a bridge, slide, fireman’s pole and climbing wall. A sit on digger on a spring. Aimed at young kids…
More details for the The National Stone Centre here.
(Unofficial) Den Building & BMX track in the woods off Old Lane
One of the delights of a Wirksworth childhood is the opportunity for unstructured play, and the den building is a favourite amongst Wirksworth families. In the past there was an unofficial BMX track, which has fallen into disrepair. It still might hide a few monsters though! This area also gives an opportunity for safe exploration of pathways near the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway‘s Ravenstor Station.
Bolehill Park is another park suitable for very young children – Toddler-safe swings, and a jungle gym are suitable for the smaller child. Fenced on most sides, there are two entrances to the park.
Middleton Top Picnic Area
Close to Black Rocks, Middleton Top has a picnic area with some remains of industrial railway machinery. This is always fun for unstructured play! This is also a short walk from Steeple Grange Light Railway.