George Stephenson - Rocket Man
A walk themed on George Stephenson, the ‘father of railways’ and chesterfield’s own ‘rocket man’. On a mix of urban and countryside paths we take in landmarks relevant to this great engineer to discover something about him, his connection and attachment to Chesterfield.
Verbal and visual information stops along the way allow us to take in the Stephenson memorial hall, pavement tickets, the remaining building forming part of the 1840 railway station, views over Chesterfied and surrounding countryside, Tapton hamlet, Tapton House (where we’ll have lunch) and finally Holy Trinity Church where his remains lie. A visit to the church is arranged if circumstances allow.
Discover interesting facets about Chesterfield’s heritage.
Those that need it will be guided back the short distance to the town centre for transport links.
Walk grading - leisurely (walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience).
Please note we will cross 3 public footbridges spanning the A61 dual carriageway and the railway line.
Free of charge
- Parking with charge - Nearest parking - St Mary's Gate Car Park
- Dogs Accepted - On a lead
- Public toilets - Toilets available at some point on route
- Accessibility of route - Route not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs
- Description of route - Circular walk, 1-5 stiles
- Length of route (miles) - 4½
- Typical duration of route - 4½ hours
|Season (28 June 2021)|
Map & Directions
Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so directions below are to nearest car park.
From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left and left again into St Mary’s Gate Car Park.
From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South.
Public Transport Directions
Any bus to Chesterfield town centre