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Explore the great outdoors in Chesterfield

Summer is for relaxation, socialising and fun. But who has time to hunt for ways to make the most of the great outdoors in Chesterfield?

If you enjoy getting active, there are many picturesque parks and dog-friendly walks. Or maybe you’re looking for outdoor entertainment and shopping? Either way, you’re spoilt for choice locally.

We’ve brought together a snapshot of the great outdoors in Chesterfield – as recommended by local businesses. That means you can spend less time glued to your phone and more time enjoying yourself! Just grab your shades and sun cream and you’re good to go.

Do you work in Chesterfield? Share your favourite place or activity by getting in touch with Tara (contact details at the bottom).


Dog friendly walks for all the family

Dogs enjoying Linacre Waters (image courtesy of Rose Cottage Doggy Day Care)

For those with four-legged friends, there are many dog friendly walks to enjoy and you could certainly try somewhere different every weekend of the summer. Two recommendations from local businesses are Linacre Waters and Monsal Trail.

“I love the fact that chesterfield has several parks and ponds that you can access for free and enjoy the nature and all it has to offer. Clearing your mind and allowing the dogs to be dogs! Winners all round.” Dawn Brown, Rose Cottage Doggy Day Care.



Dog walking at Linacre Waters

Linacre Waters is a popular choice. Dogs love to explore and play in the woodland. It’s a 5-mile route covering all three of the shimmering reservoirs and surrounding streams, and there are plenty of side tracks to discover too.

“At the weekend, I enjoy walks around Linacre with my dog, Rocky and popping to the Peacock at Barlow for a drink after. I love that the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales are on our doorstep.” Sophie Coburn, The Children’s Hospital Charity

Also a favourite for families, the main trails at Linacre are wide enough for prams and there are benches, tree stumps and grassy areas to stop for a picnic. Although remember to visit the toilet near the car park before setting off!

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Dog walking at Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail, Chesterfield

Dogs and families also love walks along the Monsal Trail. From Hassop station, the route to the right has the wow factor. Leading you through an old railway tunnel, the path opens onto an old railway bridge overlooking the lush Peak District greenery. It’s a there and back route – so you can walk as far as 6 miles if you have the time or shorten the walk for little legs. And there are toilets and cafes along the way.

“I have a wife, young family of two girls and a dog and we love to visit the local countryside for walks. One of our favourites is the Hassop Trail. It is great to have such picturesque settings on our doorstep and escape the office at the weekends.” Paul Berresford, BRM Solicitors

See Peak Venues’ Dog walk number 7 for more information.



Off-road running

It can be easy to forget how much greenery there is in Chesterfield. You can go a good distance and barely need to set foot near to traffic.

Local businesses recommend Ashover Rock and Chesterfield Canal for runs with a view. And sign up to a local race if you’re in need of motivation to lace up those trainers.



Running at Ashover Rock


Ashover Rock just outside Clay Cross is just one space recommended by locals for both running and walking.

“Stunning.  That’s how I would describe Ashover Rock.  I don’t need to say much…the views in this video say it all.”  (Video 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

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Running at Chesterfield Canal

Chesterfield Canal

Run along the peaceful towpath of the Chesterfield Canal known as The Cuckoo Way.

As well as featuring some of the oldest staircase locks ever built, significant restoration has been carried out since 1989 including 2 new marinas.

And the future is exciting, with funding confirmed recently to extend the canal by half a mile from Hartington Harbour onto the Staveley Puddlebank, and two miles of multi-use towpath all the way to Renishaw.

Look out for the first construction work at the new Trans-Pennine Trail bridge (just east of the existing Eckington Road bridge) in early 2023.

“Chesterfield Canal is one of the most beautiful and varied waterways in England, spanning from the River Trent to Chesterfield – some 46 miles. Undergoing restoration since 1989 it is great for either walk or a bike ride, where scarcely a house can be seen!” Hannah Finney, Great 2

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Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k

If you need some motivation to lace up your trainers and get outdoors in Chesterfield, why not train for the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k in October? If you haven’t taken part before, there is a fun atmosphere at the start and finish at Queen’s Park. The route passes major landmarks including the Crooked Spire. And there are plenty of cheer stations along the way.

“The Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k is a great event that raises much needed funds for various local charities whilst encouraging aging bodies like mine to put on the trainers and keep training for the event!” Paul Bamford, Cheetham Jackson

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Cycling adventures

Cycling at Queen’s Park Chesterfield

Fancy a gentle ride? Chesterfield has several peaceful parks with smooth paths that are perfect for taking it easy. You could try Poolsbrook Country Park, Chesterfield Canal or The Avenue Country Park to name just a few.

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, there are longer routes to put your mountain bike to the test and get the blood pumping while enjoying the views along the way. Take on the Five Pits Trail, Archaeological Way or the Trans Pennine Trail or make a day of it by covering all of these and more.

I think when we live here a while, we can risk forgetting how beautiful our town is…” Ros Fomin – MSE Hiller

Find out more about bike rides and cycling routes



Tee time

Stanedge Golf Club, Chesterfield

Whether you’re new to golf or improving your shot, the team at Stanedge Golf Club will give you a warm welcome. There are ‘learn to play’ day for adults and families and a junior group for youngsters to try out their swing.

The course is set on beautiful parkland and moorland with idyllic views of four surrounding counties. And these views can be enjoyed from the clubhouse while dining at the modern Tyzack’s Bar & Restaurant.

“Stanedge Golf Club is an outstanding example of how much turnaround can be achieved when someone couples a clear vision with hard work, investment and commitment.  The absolute transformation of the club in the last 2 -3 years despite the immense challenges posed by the pandemic is incredible.  It’s a welcoming and unique course, which could have easily disappeared completely were it not for the efforts of Fame and the team over recent years.  Bravo to everyone involved!” John Smith, Accountancy Recruitment Group

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Football mad

Chesterfield Football Club

Less than two miles outside of the town centre, the stadium at Chesterfield Football Club is modern and spacious, with seating for over 10,000 fans. Soak up the atmosphere with friends and enjoy a tasty local pitch side snack. Or inspire the kids with a behind the scenes tour including heading onto the pitch.

Lots of our employees are Spireites fans so they often go to watch the local games at the Technique Stadium.” Jamie Bowmer, Palm Spas

There are accessible ground floor and top-level viewing areas available, as well as changing places facilities, and an indoor play centre to tire out the little ones before the start of the match.

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Family outdoor events

BRM Solicitors Festival of Cricket at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield

In summer there is a plethora of events to get you outdoors in Chesterfield.

Take in the beauty of Queen’s Park with a spot of cricket, regarded by many as one of the most picturesque grounds. The BRM Chesterfield Festival of Cricket attracts large crowds each year.

Dress up in pink and enjoy evening entertainment at the Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk.

Chesterfield Pride is at Stand Road Park with well-known, chart selling acts set on the Main Stage. The Cabaret Stage features the best of local performers, Drag Artistes and DJs.

Look out for pop up cinema and sporting events on the big screen at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, alongside treats such as Pizza and Prosecco from Salute.

And out of town there are fun family events to enjoy at Matlock Farm Park.

Find more Chesterfield events this summer



 Outdoor shopping

Chesterfield Market

You can’t beat shopping outdoors in Chesterfield in the sunshine. That means you might end up spending more than planned. But who can resist a tasty treat from Chesterfield Market? As well as weekly stalls, be sure to look out for the Medieval Fun Day, the Artisan Market, and other speciality events.

“I have really enjoyed being in the town centre market. It’s great to see lots of local people buying local produce, there is a real atmosphere to it.” Isobel Wells, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

Find out more about Chesterfield Market


The Shambles, Chesterfield town centre

The town centre is steeped in culture and history with architecture and artwork to admire. So do plan in time to wander and look around while shopping outdoors in Chesterfield.

Take a look at the town centre art trail and you may find a few things you’ve missed. And be sure to lose yourself in the narrow shopping streets of the Yards and the Shambles, known for their hidden gems.

“I love walking through the narrow streets of the Shambles, where you will find some amazing independent shops – whether it be searching for a rare record to add to your collection, or a unique gift for a friend or loved one.”  Steve Philips, East Midlands Chamber

Find out more about shopping in Chesterfield


Town centre views

Chesterfield town centre

And of course, the Church of St Mary & All Saints, known as the ‘Crooked Spire’ is a key outdoor attraction. Taking in the views from the top of the ‘Crooked Spire’ tower is equally impressive. tours take place regularly and attract visitors from around the world – booking is recommended.

“I honestly don’t think you can come to Chesterfield without seeing the iconic Church of St Mary and All Saints…I am always mesmerised by the structural brilliance and artistic flair of the tower.” Laura Donington, Robinsons PLC

Find out about tours up the ‘Crooked Spire’ tower




Birchen Edge, Chesterfield

When you’ve finished shopping and exploring in the town centre, there are many secluded spots to enjoy a picnic outdoors in Chesterfield and Derbyshire. Queen’s Park is perfect if you’re staying in the town centre. Further afield, Birchen Edge is a quiet spot.

“The area around Birchen Edge is one of Derbyshire’s best (and infinitely quieter than its Curbar neighbour).  Up high, you get a real sense of perspective and scale, plus a chance to listen to the bird life.” Rebecca Erskine, Yellow Bird Marketing

See our ideas for filling up your picnic basket with local food and drink

Find out more about Birchen Edge


Outdoor dining around the town centre

One of two outdoor spaces at Casa Hotel

Why not sit on a town centre high street and watch the shoppers go by? Qoozies at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre offers healthy smoothies and salads as well as naughty treats. And around the corner there is outdoor seating at Pizza Pi underneath the shopping centre’s big screen.

Take a stroll from the town centre along Chatsworth Road for more restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating – from Nonnas restaurant to Junction Bar.

Fancy a 30 minute walk from the town centre along the Chesterfield Canal? Reward yourself with a stop at Barca Bar or Cocina at Casa Hotel. The outdoor seating at Barca is undercover and next to tranquil water features. And look out for Casa’s music events with guests invited to relax outside on sunny evenings.

Find more ideas for dining in Chesterfield


Outdoor dining with a view

Tickled Trout, Barlow, Chesterfield

The Tickled Trout is a relaxing outdoor spot, serving food and drink sourced locally. Explore the village of Barlow while you’re there.

Peak Edge Hotel has undergone multiple refurbishments with outdoor seating overlooking stunning countryside. The venue is one to watch with planning permission granted recently for a luxury spa with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Head to the top of Pudding Pie Hill in Wigley for fine dining or a relaxed bite to eat at the Fox and Goose Inn.

At the end of Derby Road, The Hunloke Arms is a favourite with locals. “The Hunloke is a friendly pub with a great atmosphere. I love the food there too!” Andy Stone, Contracts Manager at Custom Solar

Find more ideas for dining in Chesterfield

Check out the finalists of this year’s Love Chesterfield Awards from mid July


Spread the word

Do you know others who would like ideas for spending time outdoors in Chesterfield? Share this blog post with them and on social media if you found it helpful.

Tara Underhill

Senior Destination Chesterfield Coordinator

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