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Chesterfield Round Walk

55 km / 34 miles

For a century the countryside surrounding Chesterfield couldn’t have been more different. The western side out towards the Peak district has long been a beautiful landscape of rolling green hills and narrow wooded valleys watered by streams flowing down from the moors, whereas the industrial eastern side could only be described as grimy.
Today, the collieries have been reclaimed, their tips and lagoons converted into pleasant country parks, the railways that served them into walking and cycling trails. Many of these areas have now matured, obliterating all traces of their industrial past.
This mapped leaflet describes a 34-mile circular walk exploring the varied countryside just beyond the suburban fringes of Chesterfield. The route is split into six convenient sections between places served by public transport and with parking. It can therefore be explored leisurely either as a series of linear walks using buses, out-and-back walks from a car, or as part of circular walks of your own devising, using OS Explorer map 269, Chesterfield & Alfreton. The super fit could even walk it in a day or over a weekend.
The route is described in a clockwise direction, though comprehensively waymarked in both. With the aid of grants a number of new stiles, gates and footbridges have been erected, footpaths cleared and improved, and information boards placed at viewpoints along the way. Appropriate footwear is recommended as many popular paths and bridleways remain muddy throughout much of the year.
This official guide to the Chesterfield Round Walk was written and researched on behalf of the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Ramblers' Group by Rob Haslam, author and creator of The White Peak Way.


Path Type
Other Paths
Challenging; Heritage
Start and Finish
SK339753 - Barlow, Derbyshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Chesterfield Round Walk (Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Ramblers)
External PDF
Chesterfield Round Walk Route Description (Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Ramblers - 2014)


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The Manor House  (bookable online)
2 Km
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4 Km
9 Km
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Old Rectory Guest House  (bookable online)
2 Km
11 Km
Spinney Top Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
36 Km
Gooseberry Barn  (bookable online)
4 Km
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Route Profile:

52.4 Km (32.6 miles)
1,095 m (3,593 ft) ascent
297 m (974 ft)  maximum height