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Rocket Man Walk

Type:Walking Event

Outside Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre
Rykneld Square
S40 1SB
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George Stephenson statue at Chesterfield Railway Station


A walk themed on George Stephenson, the ‘father of railways’ and Chesterfield’s own ‘rocket man’. 

On a mix of urban and countryside paths we take in landmarks relevant to this great engineer to discover something about him, his connection and attachment to Chesterfield. 

We’ll stop and chat and take in the views along the way allowing us to take in the Stephenson Memorial Hall, pavement tickets, the remaining building forming part of the 1840 railway station, views over Chesterfield and surrounding countryside, Tapton hamlet, Tapton house (where we’ll have lunch) and finally Holy Trinity Church where his remains lie.  A visit to the church is arranged if circumstances allow.

Discover interesting facts about Chesterfield’s heritage.

Those that need it will be guided back the short distance to the town centre for transport links.
Please note we will cross 3 public footbridges spanning the A61 dual carriageway and the railway line.

Booking essential
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Grid reference – SK 38452 71109
This is a circular walk
1-5 stiles
Bring a packed lunch

Organised by Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society

Guide Prices

Booking essential. Free to attend.



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

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, lunch stop and several information stops, 1-5 stiles Bring a packed lunch
  • Length of route (miles) - 4½ miles
  • Typical duration of route - 4½ hours

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre 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, 15 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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