How to get here

Wirksworth is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park at the centre of the Derbyshire Dales. The main roads into the town are the B5035 (from Ashbourne or via the A6) and the B5023 from Derby or Cromford.  For Sat Nav use the town centre postcode DE4 4EU.  Access a map of the area here.

By car:

From Birmingham, Derby and the South

Take the A38 or A6 towards Derby and follow signs for the A6 and Matlock. Follow the A6 until you reach the outskirts of Duffield. Turn left at the traffic lights onto the B5023, which is signposted Wirksworth and follow this road for about 9 miles.

From Nottingham, Yorkshire and the North and East

Take the A38 or A610 towards Ripley and follow signs for the A6 and Matlock. Follow the A6 towards Cromford. Turn left at either the B5035 or B5036 following signs for Wirksworth.

From Ashbourne, Leek and the West

Take the B5035 and follow signs for Wirksworth.

From Cromford, Matlock and the North West

Take the A6 and when entering Cromford take the B5036 junction, signposted Wirksworth and travel up Cromford Hill towards Wirksworth.

Car parking:

Trail Weekend free Park & Ride service

As parking is very limited in Wirksworth during the Trail weekend two Park & Ride car parks are set up, one at Haarlem Mill and the other at the Eco Centre. These are serviced by two free fully accessible buses supplied by Community Transport for Town & County (CT4TC). This year we’ve added some more stops and we’re operating it as a hop on/ hop off service. So, if you want to get on at the Memorial Gardens and off at The Red Lion, then you can.

Buses start at 9.15am from the Eco Centre with the last bus leaving the Town Centre at 6.15pm, with a continuous service in-between those times picking up approximately every 15 minutes. The Park & Ride car parks will be locked overnight at 7pm each night, so please make sure you collect your car before then.

Signage is fixed on lamp posts directing visitors to the Park & Ride Car Parks and bus stop boards are placed at the following locations:

  • The Eco Centre, Porter Lane, Park & Ride Car Park
  • Cromford Road – Opposite Old Lane Car Park
  • By Old Lane Car Park
  • The Red Lion, 6.1 Trent bus stop
  • Opposite The Red Lion
  • Memorial Gardens
  • Opposite Memorial Gardens
  • Haarlem Mill, Derby Road, Park & Ride Car Park

Car parking during the rest of the Festival

Outside of the Trail Weekend, you can find pay and display car parks on the Market Place (DE4 4EG) and Barmote Croft (DE4 4FB); there is limited free parking on Harrison Drive and Canterbury Road (DE4 4GY).

By train:

The nearest National Rail station is Cromford. Please be aware there are currently engineering works on the railway line between Derby and Matlock so there are no train services between Matlock and Derby.  An enhanced replacement bus and coach service will be provided. Check the timetable here.

Alternatively, Wirksworth Station is serviced by trains travelling from Duffield using the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway service.  This is operating as normal.

By bus:

Wirksworth is regularly serviced by a number of buses including:

  • 6.1 between Bakewell and Derby.
  • 110/111 between Ashbourne and Matlock

In addition, the TransPeak bus between Manchester and Derby calls at Cromford which is a 25 minute walk or short bus/taxi ride from Wirksworth.