Enjoying the park safely

You are welcome to walk, picnic and play in the park and Stand Wood for free (parking fees do apply). We do, however, ask you to follow the guidelines below and to be aware that access may sometimes be limited.

  • Dogs are welcome but must be on leads as they can endanger the sheep and other grazing animals as well as themselves.
  • Remember, loose dogs can devastate wildlife in the park and woods.
  • Please take litter home with you as it can harm sheep, cattle and wildlife.
  • Please ensure that you close all gates after use. Only cross walls and fences where there are stiles.
  • The grass you walk on is a crop grazed by sheep, cattle and deer; the river provides fish and the woods game and timber.
  • Respect the beauty of the park by leaving this beautiful place as you found it.

Forbidden activities

  • Fires and barbecues are forbidden under all circumstances throughout the estate. 
  • No swimming. The river has dangerous undercurrents and underwater obstacles.
  • No loose dogs.
  • No camping.

Please note that in the interests of visitor safety, we do not permit the launching or landing of drones on the Chatsworth estate, unless agreed in advance in writing. For further information, please see the Drone Code produced by the Civil Aviation Authority for a practical guide on how to fly your drone safely and in full compliance with the law.

Access through the park

  • When events are held in the park, access may be restricted in some areas.
  • Bicycles are only allowed on the public road (B6012) through the park, on the bridlepath from Calton Lees to Edensor and on tarmac roads on the estate.
  • Footpaths across the moor, east of Stand Wood, are open for most of the year. Daylight hours. No charge.
  • With the exception of one public footpath leading up to the Hunting Tower, the footpaths in Stand Wood are all permissive footpaths.
  • The Chatsworth House Trust reserves the right to close the footpaths occasionally.

In the interest of public safety, the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement and Chatsworth House Trust will close the concessionary footpaths in Chatsworth Park and the surrounding woodland during the period of the Chatsworth Country Fair.

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