Stainsby is a pretty hamlet close to Hardwick Hall with open views across the valley. The countryside around the village is best explored on foot, either through the Hardwick Estate with its ancient woodlands, open fields and meadows, or along the Teversal Trails network.
The manor of Steinesbi is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was linked to the nearby village of Tunstall. The estate was granted to William Fitz Walchel of Wakelin by Henry II and was later owned by his daughter Andeluya and her husband Robert Le Sauvage. By 1311 a yearly rent of 4lbs of cumin, 2lbs of pepper and costly spices had to be paid by Stainsby Park to the Crown!
In the 13th Century, a water powered flour mill was built where Stainsby Brook joins the River Doe Lea. The mill was replaced in the 19th Century and is still in good working order today. Owned by the National Trust, Stainsby Mill is open to the public during the summer season.
Stainsby has also given its name to a music festival which is held every year in July on a site next door to the village. In 2008, Stainsby Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary with a line-up that included the best performances from the last 40 years.
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Leave M1 at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take 1st left turn (signposted Stainsby & Hardwick Hall). Follow road alongside M1 for approx 1 mile then take 1st right at sharp left hand bend (signposted Stainsby). Follow road into village.
Follow A617 to motorway (M1) roundabout and take 2nd exit (A6175, singposted Clay Cross), then follow route from North/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. When carriageway divides, select right hand lane and, at next roundabout, take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles). At roundabout take 5th exit (A6175) towards Clay Cross, then follow route from North/South.
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted