Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick

Walking trail

A very pleasant short walk in the Upper Park at Hardwick, taking in the atmospheric woodland and ancient park. Please note routes through our gardens and key visitor areas are by pre-booking only. Some of our routes will cross fields with livestock, please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Couple walking in the woods


Map route for Hardwick Duke and Duchess short walk


Hardwick Visitor Reception


You have the option of enjoying the spring garden on this trail- make sure you get your hall or garden ticket from the visitor reception first. 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 (approx. 1.2 miles further) – Turn right and follow the road round to the T-junction. Turn left and follow the stone wall that surrounds the gardens and Hall. Pass the old hall on your right and follow the road as it curves to the right down the hill. You will pass a building known as the stone centre on your left, turn left through the fence and along the field bearing left. This will bring you out onto Lady Spencer's walk, turn left to return back to the Stableyard.

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


Hardwick Stableyard

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Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick


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

Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick

Contact us

Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick

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.

Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick

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 11- 5. For Christmas opening please see website