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Middleton Top Countryside Centre

Takeaway refreshments are being served, cycle hire has reopened and toilets are now open with additional cleaning in place.

Facilities that remain closed include:

  • hire of all-terrain mobility scooters or ‘trampers’
  • events cancelled from April until the end of August 2020

If visiting please use our sites responsibly, make good use of the space available and follow social distancing guidelines. Limit your use of narrow trails and towpaths which impact the 2 metre guidance.

Please take any litter and dog poo bags home with you as bin collections on our site will be less frequent than usual.


Middleton Top Engine House

The Middleton Top Countryside Centre is situated on the High Peak Trail, Middleton by Wirksworth.

Middleton Top, as you might expect, is at the top of a hill and offers delightful views of the surrounding countryside.

This site has a visitor centre, 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 weekends throughout the year. The steam times are attached to this page.

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 wildflowers growing in abundance in the summer, including several species of orchid.

Visitor centre summer opening hours

Easter to August from 9:30am to 4:45pm

September to October weekends only and October half term.

Visitor centre winter opening hours

Weekends only, November to Easter from 9:30am to 4:15pm.

Facilities available

  • Bridleway/Horse riding trail


  • Cycle path


  • Easy access for all


  • Footpath


  • Light refreshments


  • Parking


  • Picnic area


  • Toilets


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