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Scarcliffe is a tiny hamlet in pretty Derbyshire countryside. Although there were coal mines in the Parish, a pit was never sunk at Scarcliffe and the village remained a sleepy, peaceful place.

Scarcliffe appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Scardeclif, taking its name from the ridge of limestone that it stands on. Its said that, on a fine night, the lights of Lincoln Cathedral can be seen from Scarcliffe. there have been several Lords of the Manor and one of the earliest was the Frecheville Family. The alabaster tomb of Lady Constantia de Frecheville and her child is in Scarcliffe Church. It's said that the Lady and her daughter were lost 700 years ago in the woodlands but heard the curfew bell ringing and found their way home. In gratitude, Lady Constantia left 5 acres of land for the ringing of the curfew bell at Scarcliffe forever.

The village was seized by the crown in 1275 after the family sided with Simon de Montfort against the King. In 1544, the Manor was granted to George Pierrepont and the estate was bought in 1690 by Sir Peter Apsley and later came into the ownership of Sir Peter's descendant, the Earl of Bathurst.

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Map reference: SK 492686  Lat: 53.21218 Long: -1.26472

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take unclassified road signposted Palterton, Bolsover (1st exit if heading south on M1, 4th exit if heading north). Follow road for approx 1½ miles to Palterton. Continue along Main Street to T junction and turn left. Take first right turn and follow road for approx 1 mile to junction with B6417 and go straight on into Scarcliffe.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction and take 5th exit off roundabout (signposted Palterton, Bolsover), then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 from Bakewell to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and go straight on at traffic lights. 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). Follow road for approx 4 miles and, at roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (signposted Palterton, Bolsover), then follow route from North/South.

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted