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Car-free adventures: Chesterfield and beyond

Car-free adventures: Chesterfield and beyond

Day 1

Love cycling? Jump off the train at Chesterfield with your bike and you’ll find one of the best networks of cycle paths in the country! Try out the Five Pits Trail, the Bluebank Loop, the Cuckoo Way alongside the scenic Chesterfield Canal and the Phoenix Greenways including the Silverhill and Teversal Trails.

If you would prefer to explore on foot, take a short walk into the centre of town to discover one of the largest open air markets in the country (held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays). Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the traditional Chesterfield Market, which has traded for over 800 years, and browse a variety of stalls selling food, fashion, homeware and gifts.

The town has its roots in Roman times when it was the site of a fort along Icknield or Ryknild Street - the Roman road between the Fosse Way at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire and Templeborough near Rotherham in Yorkshire. Chesterfield's charter of incorporation as a free borough - with two weekly markets and a fair - was granted by King John in 1204 and regular weekly markets have been held ever since.

Grab lunch in one of the many unique independent cafes and restaurants then, if you're feeling fit, take the opportunity to climb the 144 steps to the top of the tower of the town's iconic Crooked Spire Church for stunning views out over the town. Don't forget to take your camera! Find out more about the fascinating history of the town with a hand-held audio tour, available from Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre.

For an evening to remember, visit one of Chesterfield's two independent theatres, the Pomegranate Theatre (one of the oldest in the country) and the Winding Wheel Theatre, both with a wide choice of drama, music, dance & comedy.

Overnight in Chesterfield where there's a great range of places to stay. A night at the 4-star Spanish-themed Casa hotel, with its vibrant Barca bar and stylish modern facilities is not to be missed!

Day 2

Chesterfield is also the perfect base for exploring stately gems: Hardwick Hall, built by the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' in the 1500s, is just a 15 minute taxi ride away, and offers the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of one of the most powerful women in the country.

There's also more than 300 acres of historic parkland surrounding the Hall, with ancient woodlands and wildlife-rich fishing lakes to explore.

Alternatively, Chatsworth - the jewel in the Peak District's crown - is only a short bus journey away. There are regular buses from Chesterfield station to Nether End, Baslow, which is 2km from Chatsworth (approximately 25 minutes’ walk).

Passengers arriving by bus into Baslow are able to access Chatsworth park via a public footpath. From the bus stop at Nether End, Baslow, walk over the single track bridge and follow the path to your right. It is then a pleasant 2km walk to the house and attractions.

Explore the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family, then wander the magnificent gardens and parkland, before enjoying the quality shops and restaurants.

Day 3

Discover the highlights of the Peak District National Park by linking up with the new Hope Valley Explorer bus, which runs weekends and bank holidays until 30 October 2021. With direct links to the railway station at Chesterfield, the Hope Valley Explorer is a hop on hop off service connecting to the heart of the Hope Valley, where highlights include Castleton, famous for its iconic Great Ridge walking route, Mam Tor view point and snake-like Winnats Pass road. It's also the gateway to the Peak District’s fascinating cave networks (Rail Station – Hope, one stop).

The bus also covers the Derwent Valley, set in the imposing ‘Dark Peak’ on the banks of the Derwent reservoirs, where you can explore miles of walking and cycling trails, or immerse yourself in history – including the famous ‘Dambusters'.

To make your days out as enjoyable as possible in the future, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to always visit responsibly, taking your litter home and looking after our great outdoors. Wearing a face covering is recommended on public transport and always remember to wash or sanitise your hands regularly to protect yourself and those around you.

Product Information

  1. Chesterfield

    Chesterfield

    Contact Details:

    Chesterfield
    Chesterfield
  2. Crooked Spire Church

    Chesterfield

    Contact Details:

    Church of St Mary and All Saints
    Church Way
    Chesterfield
    Derbyshire
    S40 1XJ

    Tel:

    01246 206506
  3. Hardwick Hall

    Chesterfield

    Contact Details:

    Hardwick
    Doe Lea
    Chesterfield
    Derbyshire
    S44 5QJ

    Tel:

    01246 850430
  4. Chatsworth

    Derbyshire

    Contact Details:

    Bakewell
    Derbyshire
    DE45 1PP

    Tel:

    01246 565300
  5. Chesterfield Market

    Chesterfield

    Contact Details:

    Market Place
    Chesterfield
    Derbyshire
    S40 1PB

    Tel:

    01246 345777/8

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Chesterfield (53.24248,-1.43407)Crooked Spire Church (53.23615,-1.4244)0.86
Crooked Spire Church (53.23615,-1.4244)Hardwick Hall (53.17654,-1.30214)9.46
Hardwick Hall (53.17654,-1.30214)Chatsworth (53.21887,-1.6179)19.42
Chatsworth (53.21887,-1.6179)Chesterfield Market (53.23465,-1.42914)11.43
Total Distance *41.17 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.33 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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