Duke and Duchess Short Walk

Doe Lea, Chesterfield

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A carpet of bluebells © NT/Janine Hagues

A carpet of bluebells

Hardwick Hall from the Wineglass stem © NT/Janine Hagues

Hardwick Hall from the Wineglass stem

View over Hardwick estate © NT/Janine Hagues

View over Hardwick estate

Route overview

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

Route details

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

Start: Hardwick Visitor Reception

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

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

  3. 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.

    Show/HideBluebells

    Just one of the many species of flora to be found in the wood.

    A carpet of bluebells © NT/Janine Hagues
  4. 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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    View of Hardwick Hall from the Wineglass stem.

    Hardwick Hall from the Wineglass stem © NT/Janine Hagues
  5. Walk towards the hall until you meet the access road. From here you have a choice of route:

  6. 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)

    Show/HideWider estate view

    A view of the wider Hardwick estate - to whet your appetite for another day!

    View over Hardwick estate © NT/Janine Hagues
  7. For a shorter return – Turn left and follow the road back to the car park. (1 mile).

End: Hardwick Stableyard

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles
  • Time: 0.5 to 1 hour
  • OS Map: 120 SK463638
  • Terrain:

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

     

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