South Derbyshire, located at the heart of The National Forest, is a scenic and spectacular place to put your best foot forward.

Whether you’re a motivated walker, or need a little extra encouragement, we have something to suit everyone, including health walks, Nordic walking and themed walks. 

Nordic walking is one of the fastest growing physical activities and is a great way to burn calories. Originating from cross-country skiing, it involves using poles to reduce impact on your joints. It is on offer at several locations in the District, with sessions for beginners included:

  • Mondays from 6pm at Rosliston Forestry Centre (April to October only)
  • Wednesday from 10am at Elvaston Castle 
  • Thursdays from 10am at Rosliston Forestry Centre
  • Tuesdays from 10am at Oakland Village, Swadlincote

Full details of these and all other types of walks can be found in our events and activities.

If the walking bug bites you, there are a variety of fun and fascinating routes waiting to be explored across South Derbyshire:

As well as our walking leaflets we have a Rosliston Forestry Centre audio trail (mp3, 11.6mb) for you to listen to as you take a stroll around the attraction.

Then there is the popular National Forest Walking Festival, held in May each year, featuring walks for all ages, tastes and abilities. Every walk is graded for difficulty and guided walks are led by an experienced leader with local knowledge. With a wealth of attractions to visit and plenty of places to stay, why not make a break of it? 


  • Calke archaeology walk
  • Nordic walking
  • Rosliston pushchair walk
  • Servants bridge