Accessible Days Out

Accessible Days Out

If you are looking for some great days out please look at some of the ideas that we have given you that are not too far from us. There are many great days out in close proximity to us. Click on the links for each one to find more on their accessibility. We also have various leaflets in our games room of other great days out for all the family. Check for accessibility and please ask if you need to know any other information and we will help if we can.

Tissington trail accessibility

Carsington Water

Carsington Water

Carsington Water  has everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.

Most of the tracks around Carsington Water are surfaced and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

2 Trampers are available for free to use on a first come, first served basis.

Wheelchairs are available from reception, a refundable deposit needed. 

You can walk to Carsington Water from Knockerdown, along the public footpath. It is not ideal for wheelchairs but by car it is only a two minute drive.

Tissington and High Peak Trails

The Tissington Trail is 13 miles long and goes from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne with many other places to join in between. There is a few places where you can get refreshments at certain times of the year. These are Parsley Hay, Ashbourne, Tissington and Hartington. Bike Hire is available from Ashbourne and Parsley Hay with Parsley Hay having accessible bikes.

The High Peak Trail connects Cromford Canal and goes to Parsley Hay.  The path from the canal to Middleton Top is steep but after that it then flattens out. There is bike hire at Middleton Top and if you require an accessible bike, Parsley Hay has more choices.

Tissington Trail
Credit: Photo credit: Peak District National Park Authority

Matlock Farm Park


Matlock Farm Park is a great day out for all the family. Click on the link to take you to their accessibility guide. The Farm Park also has a Changing Places toilet. It will take approximately half an hour to get there.  You will go through Cromford, Matlock Bath and Matlock on your way. These are all well worth visiting also.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is approximately 30 minutes from Knockerdown. Click on the link to see there guide on Accessibility.  Alton Towers has many rides and activities to enable a great, fun day out. 

To get to Alton Towers you drive through the lovely market town of Ashbourne. Ashbourne has some lovely shops and great cafes. 

Photo credit: Alton Towers
Credit: Photo credit: Alton Towers


Chatsworth House
Credit: Photo credit: Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a beautiful house in lovely gardens. There is also a farm park and a farm shop. You may see deer roaming around in the fields. Chatsworth also holds some large events e.g. Country Fair, Horse Trials and a Christmas Market. Chatsworth is approximately 30 minutes drive from Knockerdown.

Poole's Cavern

Poole's Cavern is open daily and you can get a tour to take you into the cavern and marvel at the crystal stalactites. The Main Cavern , the cafe and the shop are accessible. It will take approximately 35 minutes to get from Knockerdown to the Cavern. You will find it in the lovely market town of Buxton

Pooles Cavern
Credit: Photo Credit: Pooles Cavern

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a heritage railway. It is a great chance to enjoy some old steam  and/or diesel engines whilst enjoying some lovely Derbyshire countryside on the way to Duffield.  You can enjoy dining experiences whilst on board or go to the cafe in a carriage based at Wirksworth. They also put on various events throughout the year. You can get on at Wirksworth or Duffield. Wirksworth is closest to us and will take approximately 10 mins.