Bike rides and cycle routes around Chesterfield
The market town of Chesterfield has an excellent network of cycle routes and is perfectly located as a base for a cycling holiday to explore the Peak District and Derbyshire.
There are smooth paths for beginners, country parks and trails for family rides or more adventurous routes for keen cyclists who want to enjoy more of what Chesterfield and North Derbyshire has to offer.
Here are some suggestions to help plan your next two wheeled adventure.
Route 1: Hipper Holmebrook Triangular Trail
This route starts and finishes in the picturesque Queen’s Park, taking you through Brampton and Ashgate.
Route 2: Hipper Valley Trail
This cycle route starts at Chesterfield Railway Station and takes in the industrial heritage of Cannon Mill and the Robinson’s Factory before finishing at Walton Dam.
Route 3: Holmebrook Valley Trail
Starting in Chesterfield town centre, this cycle route will take you through the Holmebrook Valley to Holmebook Valley Country Park, where you can cycle round the lake, stop and have a picnic or extend your ride to the picturesque Linacre Reservoirs.
Route 4: Six Parks Ride – Moderate
Starting in the heart of Chesterfield at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre next to the Crooked Spire Church, this route takes in six of the town’s parks in a circular route.
Route 5: Trans Pennine Trail loop, Poolsbrook Country Park and Rother Valley – Moderate
24 mile trip virtually all on traffic free trails with just a few quiet roads to negotiate. Starting at the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre adjacent to the famous ‘Crooked Spire’ the route includes a circular loop round the Trans Pennine Trail via Staveley and an out and back ride to Rother Valley Country Park.
You can start anywhere on the route.
Route 6 – The 5 Pits Trail – Moderate
The Five Pits Trail is based upon a Great Central Railway route which served the five collieries of Grassmoor, William Thorpe, Holmewood , Pilsley and Tibshelf. The trail is 5.5 miles, extending to 7.5 miles by taking in the loop past William Thorpe Ponds.
You can cycle from Chesterfield Railway Station, through the Avenue Nature Reserve to the start of the trail at Grassmoor.
Route 7 – Poolsbrook County Park – Easy
Perfect for a family bike ride, cycle round the lake or explore the trails around the Country Park.
Find out more about Poolsbrook Country Park
Route 8 – Paul’s 11 Mile Cycle Route – Moderate
Paul Chapman is a Chesterfield resident and business owner, he loves cycling and has created a 11 mile route for you all to enjoy.
Route 9 – The Avenue Country Park
Located on the outskirts of Chesterfield the Avenue Country Park has a range of paths and trails that are perfect for a family cycle ride.
You can cycle to the Avenue Country Park from Chesterfield Railway station.
Route 10 – 40 mile route around North Derbyshire – Challenging
Starting and finishing in Chesterfield this route takes in the Five Pits Trail, Silverhill Trail, Teversal Trail, Archeological Way, Creswell Clowne Branchline Greenway, Poolsbrook Country Park and the Trans Pennine Trail. About 35 miles of this route is traffic free.
Plan your own bike rides and cycle routes around Chesterfield
Centre for the Peak District
Once you have explored the bike rides and cycle routes in Chesterfield, why not discover the rest of the The Peak District and Derbyshire, which is easily accessible from town.
From family-friendly cycle rides on a traffic-free trails, or some more challenging mountain biking on rugged terrain, there is something to suit all abilities.
Chesterfield Cycle Campaign has further information and routes to explore the area at https://chesterfieldcc.org.uk/maps-leaflets/