Shipley Country Park occupies a landscape of superb countryside with lakes, ponds, stunning woodland walks and a wealth of wildlife. It lies mid-way between Ilkeston and Heanor, on land partly reclaimed from the coalfields of the region, with the rest made up by the grounds of Shipley Hall, the former home of the Miller-Mundy family who left the estate in 1922.
The main buildings of the estate were demolished, only two lodges remain, one Derby Lodge is used as a tea-room for visitors, its foliage covered walls giving some idea of its age and the glorious place this once was. Sadly for many years the landscape was left to the ravages of time, but some old trees remain and careful management on the part of Derbyshire County Council has ensured their continual growth and development.
This is a joyous place, with aspects to please everyone. The waters allow for fishing and a wealth of wildlife including Canada Geese, can be seen on the ponds and in the rolling countryside.
Shipley Park contains over 18 miles of peaceful bridleways where horse and rider can relish riding in quiet woodland, around lakes and across meadows. There is even a corral attached to the visitor's centre where riders can safely leave their horse whilst paying a visit to the centre.
The Cinderhill Trail passes through a great variety of scenery, along the route visitors can see an interesting series of wooden sculptures which includes aliens and spiders! The path of this trail is viable for wheelchair access, it has small inclines and a few zig-zags, but is navigation is easy giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the wonder of open spaces and magnificent views.
This is an idyllic place for rambling, fishing, birdwatching, horse riding, cycling, or for simply flying a kite. There are many wildlife habitats, you can watch squirrels at play, pheasants and you may even catch a rare glimpse of shy deer.
Visitor facilities include a gift shop, visitor's centre, coffee shop, children's play area, and peaceful picnic spots.
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