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Linacre and Cordwell Valleys Walk

Type:Walking Route

Linacre Reservoir
S42 7AU
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Tel01629 533020

Bluebell woods


This is an easy to follow circular walk of 10½ miles which can be shortened to 7½ miles if you have less time or prefer shorter walks. You will encounter stiles and steep slopes, and some areas can be muddy, all of which may make the walk difficult for some people. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

This walk takes you through pretty countryside including woodland carpeted in bluebells in spring, meadows, quiet lanes and sleepy villages.

Look out for Cartledge Hall which dates back to the 15th century, and the Old Manor House at Cutthorpe which was built by Ralph Clark in 1625. Both these impressive buildings are in private ownership and are not open to the public.

You will also pass Barlow Pinfold, which was used for penning stray cattle but hasn’t been used for more than 100 years.

The route is waymarked by yellow arrows but scroll down the page for a leaflet with a map that will help you to follow the route.

Guide Prices

Free of charge



  • On-site catering - You will pass several pubs along the way


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets


  • Length of route (miles) - Full walk 10½ miles Shorter walk 7½ miles
  • Typical duration of route - Full walk 6 hours Shorter walk 4-5 hours

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* Open all day every day


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout (traffic light controlled) 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 and, at mini roundabout, take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road). Go straight on at all mini roundabouts. At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. Follow road for approx 1 mile to Four Lanes End and take left turn signposted Cutthorpe (B6050). Follow road through village, passing Three Merry Lads pub and the Peacock. Take next left after passing Cutthorpe School on right and follow road to 2nd car park (on left).

From East Take A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 3rd exit (A617), then follow route from North/South.

From West Take A619 to Chesterfield. Pass Brookfield Community School on left and, at traffic lights, turn left onto Storrs Road. Follow road to end and, at mini roundabout, take 1st exit. Take next right (Slack Lane). At roundabout take 2nd exit (B6150). At next roundabout take 2nd exit (B6150). At traffic lights select left lane and turn left. Follow road for approx 1 mile to Four Lanes End, then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield 4 miles

Bus number 16 or 16A from Chesterfield town centre, 7 per day Monday to Saturday, no Sunday service

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Linacre Dam in AutumnLinacre Reservoirs, ChesterfieldThere are three reservoirs at Linacre, surrounded by ancient woodlands, carpeted with bluebells in spring. Birdwatchers may spot nuthatches, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The site is open for walking and cycling. Parking fees apply.

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