Best parks in Derby to socially distance in and enjoy the sunshine
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Best parks in Derby to socially distance in and enjoy the sunshine

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There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, before the leaves start to turn brown and we head into winter mode.

Derby is lucky to be surrounded by green open spaces, and we’ve drilled down some of the best in the region for you to head outdoors and enjoy the last of the summer weather.

Allestree Park

At 320 Acres, Allestree Park is the largest open space in Derby. The park has enough space to allow visitors to roam freely and keep your distance from other people. Aside from the rolling hills of the golf course, Allestree Park has a beautiful wooded area, lake and gorgeous scenery.

Take a walk around the picturesque parkland or pack a picnic to enjoy by the lake. If you’re a keen golfer, Allestree Golf Course operates a pay and play system, so you can try your hand at the 18-hole course with its tree-lined fairways and beautiful scenery.

Alvaston Park

Closely situated to the city centre, Alvaston Park is a picturesque, riverside park covering 85 acres with a waterside cafe.

Take the kids and explore the Science Garden, enjoy its play area, or wheel your bike along to take advantage of the BMX track. If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, enjoy a relaxing cycle or walk around the lake. Feeling sporty? The tennis courts have reopened post-lockdown and are free to use throughout the day.

Darley Park

Set on the banks of the River Derwent, Darley Park is a haven away from the city. Although it’s within walking distance of the city centre, Darley Park has a serenity to it like few other outdoor spaces in Derby.

Its vast area makes it the perfect place for a picnic or a family game of rounders! Relax in the sun with a book or visit the beautiful butterfly garden. There are many hidden nooks and crannies to explore in Darley Park, so spend a few hours discovering its varied offering. Did you know that Darley Park houses the largest Hydrangea collection in Britain, and the third largest in the world?

Locko Park

A stunning 18th-century country house in between the villages of Stanley and Ockbrook, with gorgeous surroundings, Locko Park is Instagram-worthy. Although the house and estate is privately owned, there’s a bridleway through the estate which is open to the public for leisurely walks, with fantastic views of the house and parkland.  

Chaddesden Park

This one’s perfect for the kids. Although the masses of bluebells and beautiful cherry trees are out of blossom, Chaddesden Park is still a beautiful place to visit with the family in summer. There are loads of sports facilities available, including a BMX track, football and cricket pitches and a games area. 

For those looking for something less adrenaline-fuelled, there’s a nature zone and natural pond. The modest size of this park makes it the perfect location for a gentle stroll or bike ride, and its popular cafe is a great place to stop off for a tea or coffee.

Markeaton Park

Another peaceful escape from the city centre, Markeaton Park has quite literally something for everyone. There’s loads for the kids (and big kids) to get involved with. Although the paddling pool and some of the play facilities are still off-limits, Markeaton Park offers Mini Golf, Pitch and Putt, Disc Golf and Footgolf.

Markeaton Craft Village is a lovely place to take a wander and peruse the shops, and the Orangery Cafe is back open for takeaway food and drink. The park covers 207 acres and consists of open grass land, small wooded areas, secluded areas, a lake and brooks too, so it’s the perfect place to take a relaxing walk or bring a picnic.

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