The Route

The Chesterfield Round Walk explores the varied countryside just beyond the suburban fringes of Chesterfield. From Barlow it traverses Monk Wood to Unstone, passing north of town through mainly arable farmland before turning south, crossing the Chesterfield canal towards Brimington. Beyond the ancient West Wood it bypasses Calow and loops out to the east to visit Sutton Scarsdale Hall and Heath, then heads southwest through Williamthorpe Ponds Nature Reserve and along the Five Pits Trail to North Wingfield. Skirting Old Tupton, the way passes south of town alongside Hardwick Wood to its highest point at Stone Edge, before descending to cross the beautiful Hipper Valley close to Holymoorside. Finally, it wanders north across verdant rolling hills and deeply incised valleys along the western fringes, crossing Linacre Reservoirs on its way back to Barlow.

The Chesterfield Round Walk is extremely flexible. The leaflet describes the route in a clockwise direction, though it is comprehensively waymarked in both. It passes through or close to the villages of Barlow Common Side, Unstone, New Whittington, Brimington, Calow, Heath, North Wingfield, Old Tupton and Holymoorside, which all have regular bus services and ample parking. It is therefore possible to explore the Chesterfield Round Walk in a series of out-and-back walks from your car, as part of circular walks of your own devising, using OS Explorer Map, 269, Chesterfield & Alfreton, which covers the whole route, or using public transport to and from the town centre.

The leaflet contains public transport information, but for specific bus times, ring the traveline on 0870 608 2 608. It could even be walked in a day or over a weekend, and is ideal for sponsored charity and challenge walks. A party of 4 hardy souls did indeed walk the whole 34-miles on the launch day, starting from Unstone at 07.00 and finishing 14 hours 15 minutes later.
It is a walk for all seasons, but you should be aware that many of the more popular footpaths and bridleways remain muddy throughout much of the year. It is therefore recommended that you wear appropriate footwear.