Hardwick Hall from Great Pond © NT/Janine Hagues

Hardwick Hall from Great Pond

Hardwick Halls, the Row Ponds and Lower Park © NT/Janine Hagues

Hardwick Halls, the Row Ponds and Lower Park

Agricultural landscape © NT/Janine Hagues

Agricultural landscape

Stainsby Mill © NT/Janine Hagues

Stainsby Mill

Route overview

A walk discovering parts of the estate often missed with fabulous views of the halls from the far side of the valley.


Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Hardwick Stableyard

  1. From the car park, head through the stableyard and follow the path to the halls. At the gatehouse, cross the grass to the path between the buttress wall and fence, down the hill to the kissing gate.

  2. Take the left-hand path across the park towards the Inn. As you walk downhill, you will reach a set of stone steps surrounded by grassland.

  3. Bear right between the tree guards and two hawthorn trees towards the curve in the metal fencing at the bottom of the slope. Go through the gate into the woodland and follow the path.

  4. At the pond headwall, turn left onto the road to leave the park. Turn right and walk under the motorway bridge. Turn immediate left (footpath sign) and walk up the bank to the fields.

    Show/HideHardwick Hall from Great Pond

    A stunning view of the hall across Great Pond. Look out for waterfowl including swans, mallard and great crested grebe.

    Hardwick Hall from Great Pond © NT/Janine Hagues
  5. Walk up the hill, keeping to the left of the hedge and woodland. Walk straight up the next field (or around if ploughed) towards the gap in the hedge. At the top, remember to turn back and take in the view! Through the gap, turn right.

    Show/HideFar view of the halls

    Another stunning view, this time from the western edge of the estate.

    Hardwick Halls, the Row Ponds and Lower Park © NT/Janine Hagues
  6. Walk down the hill to where the hedge finishes and turn right, back up the hill, follow the hedge towards the wood (Harehill Wood) and through the gap in the hedge. Keeping the wood on your left, walk across the field towards the hedge and through a narrow gap. Down the steps in the hedge, bear left towards a wicket gate and head downhill in the direction of the cottages you can see ahead of you.

  7. Walk through the gateway, which crosses a stream, and up the hill towards a pedestrian gate beyond a fallen tree (in summer this may be hidden by nettles). Go through the gate and straight on through a larger gate until you meet a lane – turn right. You are now in Astwith. Follow the lane to the corner, then carry straight on up the track to a stile on the right hand side. Over the stile, follow the path across the field to another stile, then straight on down to the bottom of the hill where there is a bridge over the stream and a gate.

  8. Walk straight on up the hill, over a stile and across the next field which will bring you to Hawking Lane. Cross the lane and over the stile into the field. The route bears right across the field to a wicket gate and again over the next two fields until it meets a sharp right corner hedge. Turn right and follow the hedge all the way along until you meet the lane again at the edge of Stainsby village. Walk through Stainsby and as you pass the last houses, turn left up the bank through a wicket gate (footpath signposted). Walk across the field to the stile in the hedge and straight on down the bank on the other side.

    Show/HideAgricultural landscape

    Enjoy the variations in the landscape.

    Agricultural landscape © NT/Janine Hagues
  9. Take care crossing the road and walking along the road under the motorway towards Stainsby Mill. Follow the road into Hardwick and through the blue gate at the first cattle grid. At the corner where the road bends left, walk down the hill bearing left towards the Row Ponds. Through the pedestrian gate, follow the path between the ponds and through the kissing gate into Lower Park. Follow the grass track to the left of the fallen tree to the road which leads down to the Hardwick Inn. Turn left up the hill and round the right-hand bend back to the Stableyard.

    Show/HideStainsby Mill

    Selling flour milled here at Stainsby Mill.

    Stainsby Mill © NT/Janine Hagues

End: Hardwick Stableyard

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  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 5.7 miles
  • Time: 3 to 3.5 hours
  • OS Map: 120 SK463638
  • Terrain:

    Footpaths cross parkland and farmland, some of which is uneven and will be muddy after rain. There are several gates and stiles. Includes a number of quite steep ascents and descents and one less steep ascent. Strong walking boots and appropriate clothing are essential. Please keep your dog on a lead near livestock.

  • How to get here:

    Foot: Rowthorne Trail, Teversal Trail.

    Bus: from Chesterfield, alight Glapwell 'Young Vanish', 1.5 miles.

    Train: Chesterfield, 7 miles.

    Road: 8 miles south-east of Chesterfield, via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs.

    SatNav: S44 5RW.

  • Facilities:

    Parking - 600 spaces (free to NT members).

    Park, Garden, Shops, and Restaurant open daily 9 - 6. May close earlier due to bad weather during winter months.

    Hardwick Hall open Feb - Nov Weds to Sun 12 - 4.30. For Christmas opening see website.

    Stainsby Mill open Feb - Nov Weds to Sun 10 - 4.

    Toilets in Stableyard and at Park Centre.

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