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Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre


Brackenfield was probably originally known as 'Brackenthwaite' meaning a bracken clearing. Today it is a scattered village centred around the very large Village Green.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the village is close to Ogston Reservoir, a haven for birdwatchers and home of the Ogston Bird Club. Built by damming the River Amber in 1958, the Reservoir is surrounded by woodlands, fields, scrub and grasslands, and even an orchard! When the water level drops in late summer and autumn, the Reservoir attracts large numbers of wading birds but, in winter, Ogston is the best site nationally to watch rare species of gull - 14 different species have been recorded here. The Bird Club run guided bird walks on the first Saturday of the month at 9.30 am from the West Bank Car Park but please telephone Peter Birley to check (Tel: 01332 753078). Everyone is welcome to use the public hide on the West Bank, or watch from the roadside or car parks.

A chapel of ease was built at Brackenfield around 1500 but now lies in ruins, hidden by trees. A pilgrimage from the village to this chapel is held each year on Trinity Sunday. A new church was built in 1857 and is the site of one of Brackenfield's well dressings. Other dressings are sited at the Church Hall, the Methodist Church, Nether Farm and on the top side of the Village Green. The well dressing is usually held at the Spring Bank holiday in May.

On-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Disabled toilets in Church Hall



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Map reference: SK 374588  Lat: 53.12505 Long: -1.44255

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 28 and take A38 signposted Matlock and Derby. Leave by 3rd slip road (approx 4 miles). At roundabout take 3rd exit (A61 signposted Chesterfield). About 200 yards down road, turn left (A615 signposted Matlock). Follow road to traffic lights at T-junction and turn right. Take first left turning 200 yards down road (A615). Follow road into Wessington (approx 2 miles). Take 2nd turning on right (Brackenfield Lane). Follow Brackenfield Lane into Brackenfield Village.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout. At roundabout take 1st exit onto M1 South. Leave M1 at junction 28 and follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A6 to Matlock. At roundabout take A615 signposted Alfreton. Follow A615 out of Matlock to Tansley (approx 2 miles). Continue on A615 through Tansley to Wessington (approx 3 miles). Take 2nd turning on left (Brackenfield Lane). Follow Brackenfield Lane into Brackenfield Village.

Parking: free


  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Disabled toilets in Church Hall