Discover Hardwick park in the spring

Take a stroll around Hardwick's beautiful parkland at this time of year and you will be rewarded with picture perfect views across Derbyshire.

Hardwick Estate, which surrounds the Hall, covers around 2,500 acres of stunning parkland, woodland, wetland and farmland. It is also a working farm - see if you can spot the rare-breed Longhorn cattle and sheep in the park.

Long-horn cows keep the grass short
Long-horn cows keep the grass short
Long-horn cows keep the grass short

A breath of fresh air

There are plenty of walking routes for you to try around the Hardwick Estate, whether it's for a gentle stroll or a more hearty hike.

For a stroll, head to Lady Spencer's Walk, a route created for the mother-in-law of the 5th Duke of Devonshire so she could enjoy some gentle exercise when she visited her daughter, Georgiana Spencer. To make it a longer walk you could join up with one of the circular routes across the wider parkland; see the striking sculptural forms of veteran trees and look out across wintery views of the Derbyshire countryside.

Hardwick park map (with alternative route) (PDF / 3.5888671875MB) download

Hardwick Park Autumn Walks

Walks to explore at Hardwick

Hardwick's landscape in and around the estate make a great walk, long or short. Routes through our gardens and key visitor areas require an admission ticket, members free.

The lower park, Hardwick Ponds

The ponds at Hardwick are found on the Lower Park. Enjoy a walk around the ponds and see what wildlife you might discover on your visit. We have swans, ducks and geese as well as the more elusive heron and kingfisher at the ponds.

We now have a snack hut available for hot drinks and light refreshments including ice creams.

You do not need to book to visit the ponds. Parking is £4 for the day, car park machine. For sat nav please use: Hardwick Ponds S44 5QJ

See the site of the historic Duck Decoy, once a common sight during the 17th Century, used in the past to attract water fowl to catch for meat. 

The completed Hardwick Duck Decoy
The Hardwick Duck Decoy restoration is now complete
The completed Hardwick Duck Decoy


The course fishing season at Hardwick runs from 16 June to 28 February. You can fish daily on the ponds, with a daily fishing permit from the Rangers.

Keen anglers may be interested in Bess of Hardwick angling club, which has held the fishing rights for the Row Ponds for 50 years. There is never a problem in selecting your favourite spot to fish, and the sport offer is varied.

You will find many different species and size to suit your mood.