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On the Track of the Unstone Line

Type:Walking Event

Dronfield Railway Station
Chesterfield Road
S18 2XA
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The 150th anniversary walk of Friends of Dronfield Station in partnership with Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society uncovered how much the railway’s arrival to Dronfield changed this area.

Tracking down the industrial and railway heritage of this area we discover hidden secrets along the long dismantled Unstone branch line. It was fed by the rich black silkstone coal seam that was worked here. We will learn of a long-gone, huge rail manufacturing plant, beehive coke ovens, mine adits, engine sheds, miners cottages, abandoned mines, shafts and loading banks, all invigorated by the arrival of the railway in 1870. 

Enjoy Unstone’s majestic viaduct and a splendid natural environment and lunch in the gardens of Ramshaw Lodge, one of the area’s finest historical properties.

Booking essential
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Grid reference – SK 359780
This is a circular walk
1-5 stiles
Bring a packed lunch
Bring a torch

Organised by Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society

Guide Prices

Free of charge. Booking essential



  • Free Parking - In the centre of Dronfield

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Must be on a lead
  • Public toilets - Toilets available at some point on route


  • Accessibility of route - Leisurely
  • Description of route - Circular walk, numerous rest stops, 1-5 stiles
  • Length of route (miles) - 6
  • Typical duration of route - 4.75 hours

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Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by bus and train - go to Travelline for details. Or contact Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre by phone on 01246 345777 or by email at tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk

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