An outcrop of gritstone sculpted by the wind and rain, Black Rocks hang high above the village of Cromford with Cromford Moor behind and the High Peak Trail (the former Cromford and High Peak Railway) passing just below. It’s a spectacular situation which affords a splendid view of the Derwent valley around Matlock and because of its popularity the area has been designated a country park.


Photo by Robin Stokes

This is a popular place for recreation, with rock-climbing available on the rocks themselves and plenty of scope for walking in the park, which stretches right down to High Peak Junction where the former railway met the Cromford canal.

There is also a fixed orienteering course and forest trails in the surrounding woods. The country park has a car park and small information centre with public toilets.

Address for Sat Nav – Off Derby Road, Steeple Grange DE4 4GT


Robin Stokes 

Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailYes
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Woodland with public accessYes
  • Wildlife areaYes
  • Light refreshmentsNo
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsYes
  • Easy access for allYes
  • On-site informationYes
  • Cycle pathYes