Advantages Disabled access, variety
Disadvantages Enjoyment can be dependant on the weather
** The Location **Living in Derbyshire, I tend to forget that we are on the tail end of the Peak District. Indeed high peaks aren't as good a description of this part of Derbyshire as rolling hills, but maybe this is a more accessible area of the Peak District for those who can't always manage the peaks. Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire is certainly a testament to that theory as it tries to be as accessible to the disabled as the terrain allows.
Shipley Country Park is, unsurprisingly, in Shipley. Although where exactly the park boundaries are in Shipley I couldn't say. Shipley itself doesn't have a large residential population and has the dubious honour of having The American Adventure theme park taking up what was once part of the country park. There are various ways to reach
The Visitor's Centre is towards the end of the car park and it houses toilets (including a disabled/baby changing one), a shop and the Ramblers café. The shop has the usual souvenirs and trinkets, but you can also get walking guides and various other guides and booklets about the local area and history. It also sells the all important ice creams and ice lollies for those hot days. One side of the shop is usually reserved for displays of interested, like the local wildlife. These are often educationally aimed at children. Do take a look around there and beyond though as there are often things of interest on display and I regret that I don't look more often.The Ramblers café is something I highly recommend; whether it's just a drink and snack or a full meal. They aim towards healthy and organic and if you like something a little different, for example fruits in your side salad, then you will love the menu. However, if you don't go in for healthy or different you can still have a plate or chips or some bacon. You can eat inside or out, depending on the weather of course. Prices are average. They aren't exactly cheap, but they certainly aren't extortionate either.
** For Families **Outside the Visitor's Centre there's a children's playground suitable for younger children. Or for the older and more able children, carry on past the playground to reach the adventure playground.
Surrounding the Visitor's centre and car park are fields with picnic benches dotted around the edges. These fields are quite high and open making them a rather windy place to be. Therefore it is common to see people flying their kites there, still leaving plenty of room for people who want to kick a ball around.If you go across the fields following the slope down you will come to Osborne's Pond.
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