Visitors walking along the Bridleway at Foremark Derbyshire
Visitors playing badminton at Foremark Derbyshire
Visitors exploring Foremark Derbyshire
Child playing on the zip line at Foremark
Visitors walking in the woodland at Foremark Derbyshire
Visitors enjoying a picnic at Foremark Derbyshire
Family cycling at Foremark Derbyshire
Walking routes at Foremark Derbyshire
Butterfly at Foremark Derbyshire
Child enjoying an ince cream at Foremark Derbyshire



    Nestled in the rolling Derbyshire countryside is Foremark, a 280-acre nature reserve, comprised of woodland habitat, heathland, open countryside, and open water.


    Nestled in the rolling Derbyshire countryside is Foremark, a 280-acre nature reserve, comprised of woodland habitat, heathland, open countryside, and open water. Owned by Severn Trent and cared for in partnership with the National Trust, the reservoir at Foremark has been a vital link in the water supply network since its creation in the 1970s.

    Along with the 230-acre nature reserve, Foremark is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including over 350 species of moths and 200 types of birds. The water’s edge is a great place to spot birds, including waterfowl and gulls on the water, and wagtails and waders along the shoreline. Or look up and spot raptors, buzzards and peregrine falcon, which are regularly seen at Foremark. If you’re exploring the woodland, keep an eye out for wild fallow and muntjac deer and listen for birdsong in the trees – you’ll find lots of winged visitors all year round.

    Situated in the heart of the National Forest, Foremark is the perfect place for walkers. There's plenty of waymarked routes through woodland and habitat, with links to the wider National Forest network, including the multi-use bridleway, loved by walkers, horse riders and cyclists alike. Visit Carver's Rock, a Site of Special Scientific Interest known for its geology and plants, and discover one of the last patches of lowland heath in Derbyshire. After a long walk or ride, treat yourself at the kiosk to a range of hot and cold refreshments, including ice creams for those sunny days and hot chocolates for warming chilly fingers.

    With calming views, Foremark is a great spot for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. Relax on a picnic bench or bring your own blanket and enjoy views across the water. A family trip isn't complete without an essential stop-off in the playground for adventurous children who love to climb, swing and spin.


    • Hearing loop in key places
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Fully accessible disabled toilet
    • Clear signage throughout venue
    • Designated disabled parking


    • Plant-based menu options or vegetarian or vegan friendly options

    Our Facilities

    • On-site light refreshments
    • Picnic site
    • Baby Changing Facilities
    • Children welcome
    • Facilities for groups
    • Parking with charge
    • Public toilets

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