Derbyshire Nature and Wildlife Attractions

Derbyshire Nature and Wildlife Reserves and Attractions, tourist and visitor information, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Derbyshire Attractions and Heritage pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Chestnut Conservation Centre - Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park - Chapel-en-le-Frith - selection of mammals and birds, cafe, shop - Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can access parts of the grounds with care, enabling disabled visitors to see the free-ranging deer, five species of owls, four species of otters (including giant otters), polecats and pine marten. Regrettably access to the Scottish wildcats, red foxes and some species of owls may be limited


Derbyshire Dales NNR - five superb valleys that make up Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve lie in the centre of the Peak District National Park and together represent some of the best examples of limestone geology, landscape and wildlife in the area and indeed in the whole of England. - There's a track running from the lane below Over Haddon to Carter's Mill. The track is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.


The Donkey Sanctuary - Hurdlow, Buxton - (open once a month) - Open first Sunday during April-September, 10am-4pm - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site


Highfields Happy Hens - Etwall - open farm and care farm, friendly animals, Chick Shed, Pygmy Goat Enclosure, Chikin Sanctuary, Animal Barn, Open Chicken Shed, play area, tea room - we have no accessibility info for this site


Matlock Bath Aquarium - houses over 50 species of fish, largest public displays of Holograms in Europe,'Petrifying well', worldwide Gemstone & Fossil display, 'Past Times in Matlock Bath' Exhibition - No wheelchair access due to the restrictions of the Victorian building


Matlock Farm Park - animals to see, feed and pet, Meerkat feeds, Owl encounter, Ferret racing, Wallaby encounter, Reptile Meet and Greet, pony rides, play equipment, go-carts, riding school and trekking centre, cafe, shop - - we have no accessibility info for this site


Mill House Animal Sanctuary - Mayfield Road, Sheffield- On average over 200 animals, open for visitors 365 days a year from 10 until 3 p.m - we have no accessibility info for this site


The Sanctuary - Bird and Wildlife Reserve at Pride Park, Derby - ten hectares of quiet refuge for many important species of birds - Two viewing structures have ramped access for wheelchair users and seating. All main features can be easily viewed from a number of points around the perimeter fencing, all accessible from the Park-and-Ride car park


Woodside Farm Nature Reserve - Shipley - 182 acres of mixture of habitats including grassland, wetland and woodland - next to the 700 acre Shipley Country Park & Mapperley Reservoir - Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs, however distance from suitable parking and ground conditions can affect access.


Wye Valley - from Monsal Head to Deep Dale - explore the valley with this leaflet from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - Accessible route to Millersdale from Tideswell car park, Monsal Trail is wheelchair acccessible from Millers Dale Station & Bakewell Station



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