Lea Wood, Jim Lambeth

Lea Wood, Jim Lambeth

Pied flycatcher, Margaret Holland

Pied flycatcher, Margaret Holland

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Notice of Works
A section of canal embankment wall, on the Nightingale Spur, has collapsed.
We will be clearing some of the area during December in preparation for the work to rebuild which will take place in January.
Derbyshire County Council plan to temporarily close the public right of way from the Jan 11th 2021 for a minimum of two weeks to carry out this essential work.
The pathway will remain open in December please proceed with caution.


Lea Bridge,

OS Map Reference

SK 3183 5623
A static map of Lea Wood

Know before you go

30 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park at High Peak Junction car park and walk in via Cromford Canal at the Aqueduct Cottage ruin

Bicycle parking


Grazing animals


Walking trails

The are various trails around the woodland, they are rough and typical woodland floor - be aware of steep slopes. 


Please note that some paths are steep and slippery.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for wild daffodils and bluebells and autumn for 96 types of fungi!

About the reserve

At the end of June 2012 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was gifted Lea Wood by the local community Lea Wood Trust.

A beautiful semi-natural ancient woodland in the Lower Derwent Valley near Cromford. The woodland has a rich history. The woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and wild daffodils in spring and home to northern wood ants and 96 species of fungi. Combine with a walk along Cromford Canal keep the adventure going looking for dragonflies and grass snakes.

Among its varied birds are several that are declining in numbers, including pied flycatcher which regularly breed in the wood, lesser spotted woodpeckers and spotted flycatchers.

The open upper slopes are a good place to look for the spectacular mounds of the northern wood ant, while at least 25 priority moth species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan have been recorded, including September thorn and small phoenix.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188