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4 The Drone Valley Way from Chesterfield to Dronfield

Type:Chesterfield Walking Festival

Outside Visitor Information Centre
Rykneld Square
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1SB
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4 The Drone Valley Way from Chesterfield to Dronfield

About

The walk follows (in reverse) one devised by Barry and Norma Jex of Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society linking Dronfield and Chesterfield.

On leaving Chesterfield we follow the River Rother and Chesterfield Canal to be Charmed by the natural environment co-existing with industry. Look out for wild flowers and perhaps caterpillars feeding on the hedgerow vegetation.

After leaving the canal we’ll have a refreshments stop and visit to Revolution House which will teach of history played out in these parts. This pretty thatched cottage in the village of Old Whittington hides a secret, it was once part of a plot to overthrow a King! We’ll learn more.

After this stop we will then strike uphill through fields and woodland to our lunch stop, the highest point of our walk. From here views of the Crooked Spire and Bolsover Castle can be enjoyed on a clear day.

After lunch we’ll head along the ridge through Grasscroft Woods and its bluebells and downhill to Unstone and Dronfield, along the way learning of the industry that was once here and the little pieces of hidden evidence.

Return to Chesterfield by public transport with help given to walkers to find their best option. However, those that want to linger in Dronfield are welcome to join the walk leader for refreshments.

Booking Essential
Grid Reference - SK 385 711
Linear Walk
1-5 Stiles
Take a packed lunch

Organised by Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society

Guide Prices

Free of charge - booking essential

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge - Discounted parking scratch cards available from the Visitor Information Centre

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted - On a lead
  • Public toilets - Available at some point en route

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Moderate
  • Length of route (miles) - 7.5 miles
  • Typical duration of route - 5 hours

Opening Times

Season (11 May 2019)
DayTimes
Saturday10:00 - 15:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Visitor Information Centre is a black building next to the 'Crooked Spire' Church and is close to several car parks. These directions are to the nearest car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right. For surface car parks select right lane at 2nd roundabout and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left then left again into St Mary’s Gate car park.

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 next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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