Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre
The village of Killamarsh probably started life as a Norse settlement with the unpronounceable name of Chinewoldemaresc! By 1249 the name had changed to the equally unpronounceable Kinewaldsesmers, which finally evolved into Killamarsh.
The village lay along the route of the Chesterfield Canal, surveyed by James Brindley and opened in 1777. The Canal linked Chesterfield to the River Trent in Nottinghamshire and was at the forefront of technology in its day with the longest tunnel in the country at Norwood and the first multiple staircase lock flight.
Although the Chesterfield Canal trust is working to restore the Canal, today, all that remains at Killamarsh is a depression in the ground that would be easy to miss, but the canal towpath, the Cuckoo Way, is open along the full 46 mile length of the Canal. The section from Rother Valley Country Park, just to the North of Killamarsh, through to Chesterfield is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
As well as the Canal, Killamarsh also had a railway station and both were used to transport coal from the mines which opened in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. As with the rest of the area, the mines are now closed and the landscape is being reclaimed and restored, as it has been at Rother Valley Country Park.
The coal mines brought new people and new housing but medieval Killamarsh can still be seen around the Church, hidden in folded green countryside with a 17th Century pub next door.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A616 towards Barlborough. At roundabout take 2nd exit (A619), at next roundabout (De Rodes Arms) take 2nd exit (A619 signposted Worksop). Follow A619 for approx 1 mile and, at crossroads turn right (A618). Follow A618 for approx 3½ miles to Killamarsh and, at mini roundabout, take first exit (B6058, Sheffield Road). Bridge Street is on left approx ½ mile down road.
Follow A616 through Creswell and into Barlborough. Continue on A616 at next 3 roundabouts and, at next roundabout (junction with A619) take 3rd exit (A619, signposted Worksop). At next roundabout (De Rodes Arms) take 2nd exit (A619 signposted Worksop), then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. When carriageway divides, select right hand lane and, at roundabout, take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select middle lane and go straight on (A617). Follow road to motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and, at roundabout, take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at next junction (30) and follow route from North/South.
: 10 miles from Chesterfield station
- Cash Point
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted