Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre
Millthorpe is a tiny hamlet in the parish of Holmesfield, surrounded by beautiful countryside verging onto the Peak District National Park. Visit in early summer to see the rhododendrons in Cordwell Valley in full flower.
Millthorpe's most famous resident was Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), the poet and socialist philosopher. He was a close friend of the poet Walt Whitman and corresponded with many famous figures including Mahatma Gandhi and D H Lawrence. Carpenter was a founder member of the Independent Labour Party with, among others, George Bernard Shaw. He advocated the simple life, a closer association with the land and greater development of the inner self, which lead him to take up market gardening in Millthorpe.
Millthorpe remains the quiet village that attracted Edward Carpenter, with no church and only one pub - the Royal Oak.
SK 314764 53.28364 -1.53048
Leave M1 motorway at Junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round 'Crooked Spire' Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round roundabout. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051). Follow road to Barlow (approx 3 miles). Continue through Barlow village into Millthorpe (approx 1½ miles).
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. Then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and turn right at traffic lights. Follow road straight on through all traffic lights. At roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit passing multi storey car park on left. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051), then follow directions from North/South.
: 5 miles from Chesterfield station
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted