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Information Centre, free entry



01629 533298


Rise End,
Middleton by Wirksworth,

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As well as a a visitor centre, we have a gift shop and cycle hire centre, car park, toilets and picnic area. Whether on foot, horse or bike it is an ideal place to start your visit along the beautiful High Peak Trail.

It houses the restored steam engine house built in 1829 by the Butterley Company to haul wagons up the Middleton incline.

The Middleton Top Engine House is open to the public on certain afternoons. Check the links for full details of opening times and operating days, along with details of the magnificent Leawood Pumphouse on Cromford Canal.

The countryside centre sells a range of books, maps, leaflets and gifts, along with hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are plenty of places nearby to enjoy a scenic picnic including Redhill Quarry Nature Reserve located behind Middleton Top. Here you will find wild flowers growing in abundance in the summer, including several species of orchid.

On-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsGuided tours mandatorySmoking not allowed

Opening details

Summer opening hours-
Easter to August 9.30am-4-45pm
Sep-Oct weekends only and October half term

Winter opening hours-weekends only
Nov-Easter 930am-4-15pm


Free entry



See location of Middleton Top Visitor Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 280553  Lat: 53.09418 Long: -1.58332

Middleton Top (nr Middleton by Wirksworth) is well sign posted. From the A6 at Cromford take the B5036 and B5035 for Ashbourne

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Matlock station


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed