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Duke and Duchess short walk


A delightful short walk in the upper park at Hardwick, taking in atmospheric woodland and historic parkland.

Children enjoying the play trail at Hardwick
Enjoy the play trail along the Duke and Duchess walk National Trust


Map route for Hardwick Duke and Duchess short walk
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Hardwick Visitor Reception


Starting from Visitor Reception, take the path into the wood past the ‘Welcome to Upper Park’ sign.


Follow the path through the wood, carrying straight on at the gate into the car park.


Walk down the steps, turning left at the gap in the handrail (approximately 3 steps from the bottom) and follow the path until you come to a gate.

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Through the gate, bear slightly left and walk across the grass towards the trees. When you are between the two avenues of trees, turn left towards the hall and enjoy the view!

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Walk towards the hall until you meet the access road. From here you have a choice of route:


Longer route – Turn right and follow the road round to the T-junction. Turn left and follow the stone wall past the front of the hall until you reach the Stableyard. (1.5 miles)

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For a shorter return – Turn left and follow the road back to the car park. (1 mile).


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Duke and Duchess short walk


Woodland paths including steps and grassland. Some areas likely to be muddy after rain. Please keep dogs on leads near livestock.

Duke and Duchess short walk

Contact us

Duke and Duchess short walk

How to get here

Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ
By train

Chesterfield, 7 miles.

By road

8 miles south-east of Chesterfield, via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs. SatNav: S44 5RW.

By foot

Rowthorne Trail, Teversal Trail.

By bus

From Chesterfield, alight Glapwell 'Young Vanish', 1.5 miles.

Duke and Duchess short walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: 600 spaces (NT members free)
  • Park, Garden, Shops and Restaurant open daily 9 - 6. May close earlier if weather bad in winter months
  • Hardwick Hall open Feb - Nov, Weds - Sun 12 - 4.30. For Christmas opening please see website