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George Stephenson Walk

Type:Walking Event

Inside Chesterfield Museum
St Mary's Gate
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S41 7TD
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George Stephenson statue at Chesterfield Railway Station

About

This circular walk, themed on George Stephenson, the 'Father of Railways' and Chesterfield’s own ‘Rocket Man’, has been put together by members of Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society to mark George Stephenson's significance to the area.

George Stephenson moved to Chesterfield in 1838, living at Tapton House, whilst he was responsible for the engineering and building of the North Midland Railway which stretched from Derby to Leeds.

Along the route, he found rich deposits of coal and ironstone in the 'Mile Long Tunnel' under Clay Cross and opened the Clay Cross Company.  He died in Chesterfield in 1848 and is buried inside Holy Trinity Church on Newbold Road. Meeting inside Chesterfield Museum we’ll learn more about the great man from the Museum’s resident expert, we then head off on our walk.

The walk takes us past landmarks relevant to George on a mix of urban and countryside paths taking in Tapton Golf Course, the hamlet of Tapton, Tapton House and its grounds and then on to Holy Trinity Church where we'll get the chance to go inside and discover more.  Along the way you'll get the chance to learn a little more from the leaders who will share some old images with the group dating back to 1840.

Our lunch stop will be in the grounds of Tapton House and you'll get the chance to wander around and enjoy the house and grounds.

The walk concludes at the church, which is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and, for those that need to return there the leaders will be on hand to steer you back.

Please note we cross three public footbridges, two spanning the A61 dual carriageway and one the railway. Some people may be affected by the exposure.

Guide Prices

Free of charge
Booking essential

Facilities

Parking

  • Parking with charge - Nearest parking - St Mary's Gate Car Park

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets - Toilets available at some point on route

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs
  • Description of route - Walk grading Leisurely, 1-5 stiles. Starting point grid ref: SK 386 712. Linear walk
  • Length of route (miles) -
  • Typical duration of route - 4½ hours

Opening Times

08/05/2017 (11 May 2020)
DayTimes
Monday10:00 - 14:30

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so directions below are to nearest car park.

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 right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left and 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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