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The Victorian Garden Cemetery at Spital

Type:Walking Event

Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel
Elder Way
S40 1UR
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The Victorian Garden Cemetery at Spital


Part of the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

This short circular walk will start at the once overcrowded churchyards at Elder Yard and the Spire, follow the route taken by the Bishop of Lichfield and dignitaries in 1857 and walk out to the ’new’  garden cemetery opened at Spital. Prepare to be stunned by an amazing collection of Victorian memorials also graves to our war dead, beautiful flower carvings, and wowed by the view, original trees and path design. See the Grade II listed chapels we are campaigning to save. Return via the former site of Markham’s world renowned engineering works, a giant snail and Chesterfield Railway Station.

Meet at Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel, Elder Way, Chesterfield. S40 1UR
Circular walk
No stiles
Grading: Easy
OS grid reference: SK 387 712
Organised by the Friends of Spital Cemetery

Guide Prices

Free of charge (A suggested donation of £5 to Friends of Spital Cemetery would be gratefully received)


Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted - Dogs allowed on a lead
  • Public toilets - Toilet available en route


  • Children welcome - Young walkers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult


  • Parking with charge - Parking scratch cards available


  • Accessibility of route - Not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs
  • Length of route (miles) - 2 miles
  • Typical duration of route - 2½ hours

Opening Times

Season (15 May 2018)
Tuesday10:00 - 12:30

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The nearest car park is Holywell Cross and the details below are for this car park. The charge for up to 3 hours is £3. Alternatively, a parking scratchcard costs £3.60 and lasts all day, but aren’t available for this car park. Parking is available a short walk away in Station Road car park, ask at thee Visitor Information Centre for details.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. Follow road round Crooked Spire Church and, at traffic lights select right lane and go straight on. At next traffic lights select right lane and go straight on. Turn into Holywell Cross car park on right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. Stay in left lane and, at roundabout, take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street). Move to right hand lane and follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by public transport

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