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Frith Wood, Summerley and Unstone

Type:Walking Route

Fred Hopkins Memorial Hall
off Crow Lane
S18 4AN
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Frith Wood, Summerley and Unstone


This circular walk is 4 miles long but can be shortened by starting on Shireoaks Road in Dronfield and leaving out the Unstone connection to give a walk of 3¼ miles.

The walk explores the countryside surrounding Unstone and Dronfield, passing through meadows and ancient woodland to a viewpoint where, on a clear day, you can see Chesterfield’s famous ‘Crooked Spire’ and the gritstone moorlands of the Peak District. You’ll discover a nature pond with a boardwalk, a place to ‘Rest a While’ and remnants of the area’s industrial past.

Frith Wood, an ancient woodland, is rich in bird life from tree creepers to flamboyant jays and magpies and, in spring the wood is carpeted in bluebells and wood anemones.

Scroll down the page for a leaflet about the walk.

Guide Prices

Free of charge



  • Free Parking


  • Length of route (miles) - Full route 4 miles Shorter route 3¼ miles
  • Typical duration of route - Full route 2 hours Shorter route 1½ hours

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Open all day every day


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking is available at the Fred Hopkins Memorial Hall off Crow Lane

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout, select right lane and take 4th exit (A61 signposted Sheffield). At next roundabout (Tesco), select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout, select middle lane and take 3rd exit (A61). Leave by first slip road and, at end of road, turn right (B6057 signposted Dronfield). Follow road for approx 1½ miles and turn right immediately after Unstone School (Crow Lane). Turn left to Hall approx 150 yards down road.

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. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit. Turn immediately left into slip road to A61 (signposted Sheffield). At next roundabout (Tesco), select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A61), then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Dronfield, 1½ miles away

Bus number 43 or 44 from Chesterfield town centre

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