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Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Type:Walking Festival

Various addresses
Derbyshire
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Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

About

Enjoy the Chesterfield Area on foot combining a walk with a boat trip along the Chesterfield Canal, or discover George Stephenson's connection with Chesterfield with a talk from George himself at Chesterfield Museum.

If you're looking for a challenge, try the Chesterfield Round Walk, a 34 mile trek through the countryside that surrounds the town. If that sounds all too much take an evening stroll of 5 or 6 miles, a short walk around the town or a family ramble of 2 or 3 miles.

With lots of walks to choose from there's got to be one that suits you whether it's boarding a narrowboat for a trip on the Chesterfield Canal followed by a walk back to Tapton Lock, a walk starting with a ride on a bus, or a walk and talk about Chesterfield's black and white buildings. Try out Nordic Walking or finish off with beer tasting at Brampton Brewery.

Enjoy the stunning Derbyshire countryside – Ogston reservoir, woods carpeted in bluebells,, river valleys and nature reserves. See some of our great houses and halls including Hardwick and Renishaw.

Most walks are free so there's no excuse not to join us. All are led by a fully trained guide who knows the history, wildlife and the best countryside to walk through (as well as the best pubs to visit) in the beautiful Chesterfield landscape.

Full programme available in January 2019.

Guide Prices

Most walks free of charge. Tickets available from January 2019.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access - Check the key to see if walks are wheelchair friendly for independent or accompanied wheelchair users.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Children

  • Children welcome - Many walks welcome children but some walks are family friendly and have additional activities for children (see the key).
  • Pushchairs available - Although pushchairs aren't available, some walks are pushchair friendly (check the key).

Parking

  • Free Parking - Check the key for parking details.
  • Parking with charge - Check the key for parking details.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted - Some walks allow dogs on a lead (check the key).
  • Public toilets - Check the key for walks which have toilets available en route.

Routes

  • Accessibility of route
  • Description of route
  • Length of route (miles)
  • Typical duration of route

Opening Times

Season (11 May 2019 - 19 May 2019)
Monday - SundayOpen

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions to the starting point for each walk are given in the programme and on the website, with grid references, postcodes for stanav users and full addresses. Google maps are available on the website - www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk.

 

Public Transport Directions

Information for each walk includes parking details and an indication on whether the walk is accessible by public transport. If you need details of buses for walks, please contact Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (Tel: 01246 345777, Email: tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk)

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Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

09 Chesterfield RoundA route providing a taster for every type of walking within the vicinity of our town, with fine views of our ‘Crooked Spire’ along the way. The Round completely encircles Chesterfield encompassing 4,000 feet of ascent in its 34 miles.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

1 Linacre Bird WalkPlease join Chesterfield RSPB Group for an informal, leisurely walk around all three reservoirs at Linacre. We will spend time looking and listening for a range of summer migrant birds, as well as watching the resident waterbirds.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

2 Westthorpe LoopEnjoy a mainly flat walk looking at mining and industrial heritage, now reclaimed and restored as a countryside site, farmed landscape and urban sprawl. The walk takes in trails, country lanes and field paths, with a little road walking.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

3 Tracking and Trailing at HardwickDiscover the animals living in our parkland at Hardwick, and get some tips about how to find them. Explore some of the lesser trodden parts of the Hardwick Parkland and see what you can find.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

4 The Drone Valley Way from Chesterfield to DronfieldA 7.5 mile linear walk from Chesterfield to Dronfield following the 'Drone Valley Way'. A route taking in the River Rother, Chesterfield Canal and a visit to Revolution House. Then to higher ground before we descent to Unstone and Dronfield. Return to Chesterfield by public transport.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

5 Revolting PeasantsFrom Revolution House - A section of farmland, a gentle route alongside a river then an ancient waggon way leads to the highest point on the walk. A sleepy hamlet then follows to reach a point with superb views for lunch. Rolling farmland and wooded copses complete the return route.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

6 Learn to Nordic Walk with Laura - Holmebrook Valley Park 1Start your Nordic Journey with us to earn you NWUK Freedom Passport. Poles will be provided for you as you learn Gears 1 & 2 of the Nordic Walking technique at Holmebrook Valley Park. Gain a new skill that is fun and easy to learn.
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

7 Leabrook Valley Family WalkBring the Family and Explore. From the car park we will walk through a short section of woods under Gosforth Lane then cross a small valley to walk round the balancing pond/wetlands then return to a section of wood in the lower valley to follow a woodland educational path before returning to the...
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

8 Sutton Scarsdale Hall and its Fabulous HistoryA journey around the majestic and historic ruins of Sutton Scarsdale Hall in the company of an accomplished historian John Fletcher Taylor, hearing stories of the Halls turbulent past and the rich and famous that left their marks there. The hall is currently shrouded in scaffolding so there will be...
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Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

10 Springtime at HardwickDiscover the glorious flora springtime bring to Hardwick. Walk with one of our rangers in woodlands not currently open to the public and enjoy the wildflowers of spring.
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Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

11 Smalley Brook and Ashover RockHeather moorland with an industrial chimney gives way to green fields and a descent to Smalley Brook. Forward along Amber Valley and a steep climb to Ashover Rock with stunning views. The return is by Press reservoirs with a welcome pint at the finish.
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Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

12 Chesterfield's Legends and MythsChesterfield has a long, amazing history. Hear about the characters, real or spectral, that colour our tales, including Napoleon's Generals quartered here, one of whom became Marshall of France. Thought you knew Chesterfield? Think again!
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Monday, 13th May 2019 - Monday, 13th May 2019

13 Grassmoor Country ParkJoin the Friends of Grassmoor Country Park for this circular walk around the park with special limited access to the Grassmoor Lagoons sections (no dogs allowed in this section).
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Monday, 13th May 2019 - Monday, 13th May 2019

14 Explore Norbriggs FlashJoin Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to explore Norbriggs Flash: the nature reserve that few know about! Enjoy the new section of river, try some bird watching and we will stop for a while for a little bit of art work. You could try sketching the landscape or nature's artwork (using the natural materials...
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Monday, 13th May 2019 - Monday, 13th May 2019

15 George Stephenson WalkA walk themed on George Stephenson, 'the Father of the Railways'. On a mix of urban and countryside paths we take in the landmarks relevant to him to discover something about this great engineer and his attachment to Chesterfield. Meeting inside Chesterfield Museum for a short talk about the great...
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Monday, 13th May 2019 - Monday, 13th May 2019

16 A Barn and A RoundVisit Dronfield's historic old barn and walk through the town to join the Dronfield Barn Rotary walk at Summerly then round to Holmesfield where there are extensive views. Returning to Dronfield on field, woodland and some urban paths.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

17 New Bolsover, New BeginningsA walk around the New Bolsover and Carr Vale area looking at its industrial past, followed by a short visit inside an empty Model Village property undergoing refurbishment. Light refreshments provided at the end for a small charge.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

18 Crooked Spire Church Tour 1Join us on a stroll round the famous Crooked Spire Church. Steep yourself in history of one of the landmark churches of England and see the changes in worship reflected in the building. This tour is largely level, with only a few steps to access certain areas of the building.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

19 Learn to Nordic Walk with Laura - Holmebrook Valley Park 2Start your Nordic Journey with us to earn you NWUK Freedom Passport. Poles will be provided for you as you learn Gears 1 & 2 of the Nordic Walking technique at Holmebrook Valley Park. Gain a new skill that is fun and easy to learn.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

20 The Black and White Buildings of ChesterfieldA circular walk around the town centre to look at the many black and white buildings, and an opportunity to find out why there are so many! The walk is mostly flat but there is one uphill stretch.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

21 Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve Guided WalkJoin us for a wildlife walk around The Avenue Washlands nature reserve with the Reserve Officer. Exploring the different habitats; meadows, wetlands and hedgerows, including a brief history of the site. We will hope to see wildlife such as yellowhammer, bullfinches, ducks and butterflies.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

22 Archaeological Way ExplorerThis walk explores the Archaeological Way, Poulter Country Park, with it’s fascinating sculpture trail, and the surrounding woodlands and countryside. Returning across fields to the Heritage Centre for refreshments.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

23 Whitwell Woods and the Giant's StaircaseA walk through woodland, on quiet roads and field paths to join the Chesterfield Canal towpath and walk past the Giants Staircase of locks, returning through Thorpe Salvin village
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

24 Ogston and Crich CircularJoin this circular walk via Brackenfield to Crich. Returning through South Wingfield using a combination of footpaths and roads in North East Derbyshire.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

25 Explore Chesterfield Museum's CollectionA chance to explore some of the larger items from Chesterfield Museum’s collection, which have never been displayed, and learn about how the museum looks after the items within its care.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

26 Crooked Spire Church Tour 2Join us on a stroll round the famous Crooked Spire Church. Steep yourself in history of one of the landmark churches of England and see the changes in worship reflected in the building. This tour is largely level, with only a few steps to access certain areas of the building.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

27 The Building Stones of ChesterfieldA circular walk around the town centre to look at the different stones which are used in the town centre buildings. A knowledge of geology is not required, but geologists may be surprised to discover the number of different stones to be found.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

28 An Evening Around KillamarshA walk beginning with a restored colliery site then a meander through the southern edge of Killamarsh. The return journey uses a section of the Trans Pennine trail before climbing to pass the very prestigious Mount St Mary’s RC College.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

29 Learn to Nordic Walk with Laura - Poolsbrook Country Park 1Festival Walk. Nordic Walking poles will be provided for you as you learn Gears 1 & 2 of the Nordic Walking technique at Poolsbrook Country Park.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

30 The Story Mine - Markham Colliery Mining MemorialA walk around Markham Vale looking at its industrial past, including public artworks, commemorating the 3 mining disasters at the former Markham Colliery. Also visiting Poolsbrook Country Park. Tea & coffee at the end of the walk.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

31 A Wing and A PrayerWander through Wingerworth and climb to Slate Pit Dale for views over Chesterfield. Descend through woodland to visit a cruck barn and return by the Hipper Valley and part of the South Chesterfield Way viewing historic buildings on the way.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

32 Lakes and Gardens of Renishaw HallTake a walk with the Head Gardener around the lakes and grounds at Renishaw Hall. It’s mostly a level route with one steep descent and a longer climb at the end. Afterwards explore the formal borders and woodland trails of the gardens.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

33 Three Town Trails, Two Parks and One CemeteryThis circular walk will take us from Eastwood Park along the Spital Trail to Queens Park. We will return along the new bike trail to the Rail Station then via Spital Cemetery where the two men who gave Chesterfield these parks are buried.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

34 Go West!Heading west out of Chesterfield for a walk over farmland on rural tracks and footpaths, along a hidden valley then dropping into Holymoorside. We then take a stroll back along the River Hipper into Somersall Park and back to the start.
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Thursday, 16th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

35 Shaggy Dog StrollAll dogs, pooches and mutts are welcome to bring their humans on a friendly evening stroll around Scarcliffe and Bolsover. Wander through fields and woodland with view over the countryside. Join us at the bar of this countryside inn on our return.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

36 Over the Motorway and BeyondWalk with one of the Hardwick Rangers and explore the lesser trodden parts of the Hardwick Estate. Find out What happens on the other side of the motorway. There’s much to discover, and some excellent views.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

37 Unstone Line and Peak Resort CircularA 5 mile walk following the former Unstone Railway Line then the River Drone to the Peak Resort clockwise for much of the path branching off to Ouzle Bank then down to Unstone Hall and back to the start point.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

38 Rother Green CircleExplore some of Chesterfield’s hidden green spaces. Visiting the community orchard at Grangewood and the ‘gollies’ looking out over Wingerworth before heading to the golf course, Whitecoates park and Boythorpe cemetery returning via Derby Road to the garden for tea and cake.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

39 Learn to Nordic Walk with Laura - Poolsbrook Country Park 2Festival Walk. Nordic Walking poles will be provided for you as you learn Gears 1 & 2 of the Nordic Walking technique at Poolsbrook Country Park.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

40 The Moss BrookThe Moss Brook is a tributary of the Rother, known for its interesting mixture of natural and industrial heritage. This peaceful walk will take in the Moss Valley, before circling back at Never Fear Dam and returning to the Mossbrook Inn.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

41 Boats and Boots from Tapton Lock 1Jump aboard the John Varley II and cruise the Chesterfield Canal to from Tapton Lock to Bluebank Lock. Here you’ll disembark for a lovely stroll back to the visitor centre. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the canal from the water and the towpath.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

42 Boats and Boots from Tapton Lock 2Take a walk from Tapton Lock along this beautiful stretch of the Chesterfield Canal. Walking to Bluebank Lock where you’ll board the John Varley II for your return cruise to the Visitor Centre. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the canal from both the water and the towpath.
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

43 Crooked Spire Tower Tour 1Climb more than 100 steps up the Tower of Chesterfield Parish Church for a close up look at its amazing Crooked Spire and a bird’s eye view of Chesterfield. Listen to some of the legends about how the Spire got its twist and find out what may be the truth behind its unique and unusual shape.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

44 Limestone Linear WalkWe will be catching the train at Whitwell Station to Shirebrook Village and then walking back through the beautiful limestone landscape, looking at the history of the area. The walk passed through woodland, farmland and country parks.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

45 Hardwick Ponds Family AdventureJourney round the ponds at Hardwick and see what wildlife we can discover. With birds to spot and trees to identify we’ll have lots of fun activities on our family adventure.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

46 Wingerworth and BeyondWalking over the Dam Wall to field paths towards Hasland short stretch of road walking to reach Five Pits Trail then return over fields and paths at Mill Lane.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

47 From South to CentreWe will take a mini bus to the southernmost tip of NED, starting close to Ryknild Street and a former meeting house. Heading north the route passes through farmland and tiny hamlets before finishing with a mile of road walking through Chesterfield.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

48 From Low to HighFrom the low point of the Drone Valley, we’ll navigate uphill through woods and over fields to Hundall, then the heights of Apperknowle where we’ll stop for a drink at the Travellers Rest, with your lunch, before descending back to the start.
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Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

49 Crooked Spire Tower Tour 2Climb more than 100 steps up the Tower of Chesterfield Parish Church for a close up look at its amazing Crooked Spire and a bird’s eye view of Chesterfield. Listen to some of the legends about how the Spire got its twist and find out what may be the truth behind its unique and unusual shape.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

50 Avenue Amble and Washlands WanderThe former Avenue Coking Works now includes a nature reserve of reedbeds, ponds and grassland. We walk over an earth dam, to protect Chesterfield from flooding, skirt the village of Hasland and Grassmoor to arrive back the Nature Reserve.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

51 GHB Ward Commemorative WalkPassing through whispering woodland and over heather filled moors, pausing for refreshments at Longshaw Lodge tea rooms before visiting an ancient stone cross; all to commemorate the life of GHB Ward arguably the father of modern rambling.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

52 The Three B'sThe 3 B's are the Bus that will take us to Linacre Reservoirs, the walk from there to Brampton and the drinks and snacks at our favourite Brewery. Snacks and 1 pint included in the walk price. Further drinks can be bought for a modest fee.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

53 We're All Going on a JourneyA chance to get the whole family out! Come along for our family friendly walk where we will go and explore. What will we see, hear and smell? You can have a go at making a journey stick along the way to help remember what we find. Children must bring their grown-ups with them – and don’t forget...
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

54 Dronfield Hall Barn Rotary WalkA short walk including a country section of the Dronfield Barn Rotary Walk and streets in Dronfield town centre. We'll give you a copy of our leaflet - see if you can find the things in the pictures and tick them off.
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