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Explore the great outdoors in Chesterfield

From beautiful parks and breathtaking views, to spaces that inspire you to learn more about local history, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire is blessed when it comes to the great outdoors.

There is plenty of scope for exploring and enjoying the local wildlife.  And if you have a little one, you’ll find spots that are perfect for learning to ride a bike, as well as fun cycling routes for the whole family to try.

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax, there are many secluded spots to enjoy a picnic.  Why not fill up your basket with these tasty treats from Chesterfield food and drink businesses?

We’ve brought together a snapshot of Chesterfield’s great outdoors – as recommended by local businesses.  If you work in Chesterfield or North Derbyshire and would like to share your favourite space, please get in touch below.


Chesterfield Canal

“The team at Aecom enjoys spending leisure time on the Chesterfield Canal towpath, as well as having a professional interest in it since we have been actively involved in regeneration and development of the area. 

“Chesterfield Canal is somewhere we can walk, run or cycle within peaceful surroundings.  It’s a great example of a green corridor that connects local areas whilst supporting the local climate and we encourage our team to make use of the route when possible and to look after their mental health by spending time outdoors.  They are always keen to support the town and recently organised plogging on the canal (jogging while picking up litter) to help keep the area clean and tidy.

“It also has a range of ecological features (e.g. bat foraging) and a section of the canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is of particular interest to our environmental consultants.”

Tim Benson, Aecom

Find out more about Chesterfield Canal



Queen’s Park, Chesterfield

“There are beautiful flowers to enjoy at Queen’s Park and it feels so secluded when you walk around the pond, sheltered by all the trees.  It’s so peaceful that you could almost forget that you’re right next to the town centre.

“But just a few minutes’ walk over the bridge and you can visit the town’s wonderful shops and restaurants, including The Pavements Shopping Centre.  I’m sure everyone in the centre will be looking forward to spending lunch breaks at Queen’s Park on sunny days.  And there will be many people across the town, who will be looking forward to the miniature train returning, music filling the bandstand again and the cricket resuming on the picturesque grounds – as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Jan Clarke-Humphries, Pavements Shopping Centre



Linacre Reservoirs, Chesterfield

“I’m lucky to live close to Linacre, which historically supplied water to Chesterfield from its three reservoirs.  Now it is full of wildlife and with its many tracks and walkways, it is a lovely spot to take the dogs out or just for a bike ride, walk or jog.

“The reservoirs look stunning at dawn with a slight mist over them and a walk around there before work definitely sets you up for the day.”

Martin Swain, 360 Accounting

Find out more about Linacre Reservoirs



Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield

“My favourite outdoor space in Chesterfield would be Hardwick Hall. As it is only a walk away from where I live it’s convenient for me to get there.

“I enjoy the walking routes they have set out on their website as it you can choose a different one each time. There are also ponds that you can walk by to see the wildlife.

“Last year, myself and my partner visited ‘The Great British Food Festival’ which was great fun and there was lots to see and do.

“Hardwick Hall itself also has a lot of history which is very interesting to learn about.”

Jennifer Thul, Cost Advice

Find out more about Hardwick Hall and book for the park and gardens



Birchen Edge, Derbyshire

“We’re blessed with so many stunning places to visit in Derbyshire so it’s hard to single out a favourite!

“I’m happiest when I’m on an ‘edge’ and literally feeling on top of the world.  Sunday is walking day for my husband and me, and the area around Birchen Edge is one of Derbyshire’s best (and infinitely quieter than its Curbar neighbour).  Up on high, you get a real sense of perspective and scale, plus a chance to listen to the bird life. It’s a scene I love so much I’ve even incorporated it into my  Yellow Bird poster!”

Rebecca Erskine, Yellow Bird Marketing and Communications



Ashover Rock, Derbyshire

“Stunning.  That’s how I would describe Ashover Rock.  If you’ve never been, it’s just outside of Clay Cross and a brilliant place for walking or running.  I don’t need to say much…the views in this video say it all.  (It shows Luke Beresford, a local fell runner and organiser of the Ashover Fell Run, a charity event that usually takes place in the summer.)”

Matt Jones, Matt Jones Commercial Photography


These are just some ideas from the best of Chesterfield’s great outdoors.  If you work in a local business and have an idea you would like to be considered for this page, please email

Tara Underhill

Senior Destination Chesterfield Coordinator

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