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Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre


Rowthorne is a picturesque conservation village surrounded by beautiful Derbyshire countryside and yet only 5 minutes' drive from the M1 motorway. It sits on the edge of the Hardwick Estate with its 500 acres of ancient woodlands, fishing lakes and wonderful walks.

The manor of Rugetorn was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the property of Roger de Bush, who founded Blythe Priory in 1088, although only the church remains today. The village passed to Robert de Lexington of Laxton in Nottinghamshire, who gave it to the abbot and convent of Newstead. In 1583, Lord Chancelor Bromley gave the manor to Sir William Cavendish, the husband of 'Bess of Hardwick'

The best way to explore the area around Rowthorne is on foot. The Rowthorne Trail links to the Pleasley and Teversal Trails, Lady Spencers Walk and the Three Villages Walk. The Rowthorne Trail follows the route of the old railway line. It's said that, when the railway company wanted to build the line, the Duke of Devonshire (who owned Hardwick Hall at the time) insisted that a private station must be built for him one mile from the Hall!

Self-catering holiday accommodation is available in the village.

Children welcomeDogs accepted



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Map reference: SK 384711  Lat: 53.23554 Long: -1.42613

From North/South
Leave M1 at junction 29 and take A617 towards Mansfield. Follow road for approx 2 miles and turn right opposite Young Vanish Pub into Rowthorne Lane. Follow road for approx ½ mile into Rowthorne Village.

From East
Follow A617 through Mansfield (follow signs for Chesterfield). At traffic lights (Rutland Arms), go straight on. At all following traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout after short stretch of dual carriageway, take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road for approx 1½ miles (becomes single carriageway) to Glapwell and turn left just before Yough Vanish Pub into Rowthorne Lane. Follow road for approx ½ mile into Rowthorne Village.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep to left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. When carriageway divides select right hand lane and, at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach roundabout. Select left lane and take 3rd exit (A617 towards Mansfield), then follow route from North/South.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted