Derwentside, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derwentside, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Blue tit, Amy Lewis

Blue tit, Amy Lewis

A mixture of rough meadow and woodland where wild daffodils flourish


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Next to the Cromford Canal, alongside the A6, 1.5 miles south of Cromford.
Cromford, Matlock

OS Map Reference

SK 3264 5536
A static map of Derwentside

Know before you go

7 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park at High Peak Junction and follow the canal towpath west. DE4 5HN

Grazing animals


Walking trails

A public footpath crosses the reserve near Homesford Works, otherwise there is no access. The canal tow path is relatively even; no fencing occurs along the edge of the canal so care should be taken.


Although not accessible the site is viewable from the Cromford Canal. 


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring to peek at the wild daffodils and hear the woodland birds - autumn for true autumn colour

About the reserve

The highlight of this reserve is its wild daffodils, which border the footpath from the Homesford Works in spring.

They are probably part of a very ancient population, which was once much larger. The wood where they flourish is also host to a variety of plants - you can see many of these from the towpath.

Look for honeysuckle, wild garlic, guelder rose and yellow archangel. The plants attract a variety of insects and the many nettles that grow in the old sewage beds provide food for butterflies such as small tortoiseshell, comma, peacock and red admiral.

The banded Agrion damselfly hunts along the canal, but its breeding habitat is the river.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188