Once famous for the 'Bolsover Buckle', and home to Bolsover Castle, Bolsover is less well known as the birthplace of the 'forgotten geographer' Peter Fidler, the first person to map parts of Canada and the first to find coal there. Visit the Peter Fidler Reserve and look out for the stone cairn that commemorates his connection to Bolsover.
Bolsover Castle isn't really a castle, even though it looks like one, it's an elegant 17th Century mansion. The site on top of the hill would certainly suit a castle and, in fact, there was a Norman castle built there. Charles Cavendish, the son of 'Bess of Hardwick', pulled the castle down and built his mansion there. It was finished by his son William, who added state apartments and the massive indoor riding school. Now owned by English Heritage, the Castle is open to the public all year round and hosts a series of living history events in summer.
Bolsover was mentioned in the Domesday Book as the property of William Peveril. William may have been the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror and Bolsover became the family seat. It was the Peverils who built the 12th Century castle that Charles Cavendish demolished in the 17th Century.
Today Bolsover is increasingly popular for the specialist food shop the Redwood Smokehouse. Try some home cured bacon, or home smoked meats and fish. You can even find out what type of wood your meat was smoked over and which is best - oak, beech or apple.
Markets in Bolsover are held in Cotton Street on Tuesdays (8.30 am1 pm), and Friday, with a flea market from 8.30 am-1 pm on Thursdays.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29A and take 1st exit off roundabout (Markham Road). At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Markham Lane). Follow road to next roundabout and take 3rd exit (Markham Lane). At next roundabout take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for approx 1 mile and, at roundabout, take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover.
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29A and take 3rd exit off roundabout (Markham Road). Follow road under M1 and, at roundabout go straight on. At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Markham Lane), then follow route from North.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. At roundabout take 4th exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (29A), then follow route from South
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road, going straight on at traffic lights, for about 1 mile and, at traffic lights (Royal Hospital) go straight on. Follow road, going straight on at mini roundabout, for approx 1¼ miles to traffic lights and go straight on. At roundabout take 3rd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover.
: 4 miles from Chesterfield station
- Cash Point
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted