The best walks in Chesterfield

With various degrees of lockdown this year, I wanted to do lots of walking which was close to home so that I didn’t break any of the rules. I’m often out walking in the Peak District, but I haven’t actually explored very much closer to where I live in Chesterfield. I started doing some research and I’ve put together this list of the best walks in Chesterfield.

Five Pits Trail

The Five Pits Trail

The Five Pits Trail is an off-road surfaced collection of circular routes, varying in length from 2.5 miles to 7.5 miles with the longest route taking in Grassmoor Country Park, Tibshelf Ponds, Williamthorpe Ponds and Holmewood Woodland. It’s an easy stroll which is lovely on a sunny day with some lovely views over open countryside and bluebells in summer.

I usually park at the car park in Pilsley, which is free, and start from there.

Linacre Reservoir

Linacre Reservoir

Linacre Reservoir is perfect for an afternoon stroll, although it can get very busy during weekends. There’s a five mile circular walk which you can do around the surrounding farmland and woodland, or you can just loop around the three reservoirs if you want a shorter walk.

It’s especially lovely here during autumn as the trees carpet the floor of the woodland with thousands of golden leaves.

There is a pay and display car park here but just further up from here there are spaces on the side of the road where it is free to park. Just be careful on your way in as it’s a narrow road which can get quite busy.

Nearby dog friendly pubs include The Peacock at Cutthorpe and The Peacock and The Tickled Trout, both at Barlow.

Chesterfield Canal

This eight mile route is an easy, mostly flat walk which takes in nature reserves, lakes, parkland and woodland, despite being close to the town centre. The total length of the canal paths is 46 miles so you can even do this walk, if you’re wanting to make a few days of it.

Chesterfield Round Walk

If it’s a challenge you’re after then the Chesterfield Round Walk is it. This 34 mile walk explores the varied countryside which surrounds the fringes of the town. There are also some great places for views during the east and west portions of the walk when you’re on higher ground.

Walton and West Green Walk

The Walton and West Green Walk is a leisurely four mile route which takes in the parks and green spaces of both Walton and Brampton. The walk starts and finishes on Chatsworth Road so you can pop into one of the cafes, pubs or restaurants on here to refuel following your walk.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property which has a number of set trails through the estate ranging from 1.5 miles to 5.7 miles in length. You can also explore the gardens and parklands which belong to the Elizabethan hall.

At the moment you do have to book parking if you want to park at the hall itself, but if you drive past the entrance, there is a pub on the other side and you can either park in their car park or at the side of the road. Just be careful as it is a little muddy when you get out of the car!

We did a five mile loop which starts following the oak trail in the woods, before coming out with a magnificent view of the hall and then taking in the fields and ponds of the estate.

Holmebrook Valley Park

Image courtesy of Girl About Derbyshire

Holmebrook Valley Park

This is the largest park in Chesterfield covering over 130 acres of sports fields, open waters, woodlands and hay meadows. Holmebrook Valley Park has a beautiful lake which is home to ducks, swans, coots and Canadian geese. There’s even an orienteering trail which I’m dying to try.

Stubbings Pond

Stubbings Pond

I did this loop just before we went into lockdown the first time. It’s an easy four mile hike and you get to see some lovely scenery including Stubbings Pond which is quite impressive. You can park for free at the Barley Mow and pop in for a pint once you’ve finished.

Clowne Greenway

This walk was suggested to me on Instagram. This 6.5km loop starts at the Nag’s Head in Clowne and takes in the Markland Grips and Frog Rock. It takes around 90 minutes to walk the loop so it makes for a nice afternoon stroll.

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