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Hardwick Hall Estate Trail

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Hardwick Hall Estate Trail
Author: Marie Prime, Published: 27 Aug 2014 Walk Rating:star1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Doe Lea, Chesterfield
Walk Type: Garden or park
Hardwick Hall Estate Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide boot Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide
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A walk around Hardwick Hall estate. Hardwick Hall was built between 1590 and 1597 and was the home of Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury and ancestress of the Dukes of Devonshire. The extensive grounds also contain Hardwick Old Hall, a slightly earlier house which was used as guest and service accommodation after the new hall was built. The Old Hall is now a ruin. Hardwick estate, which surrounds the magnificent hall, covers around 2,500 acres of parkland, woodland, wetland and farmland. You will see several sculptures in the lower park. The National Trust became the owner in 1959,and a charge applies if you wish to visit the house and gardens.

On this walk you will encounter several gates, a fairly steep up hill section and a steep down hill section. The made paths are of good quality (but could have puddles after wet weather) whilst the grass paths are well defined and easy to follow. The woodland paths can get fairly muddy after rain and in winter. Public toilets are available in the car park which also has a coffee/tea machine, further toilets are available in the visitor centre which also has a café and gift shop. The walk takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

The address for Hardwick Hall is Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ. Parking is in the lower park which is approximately 8 miles south-east of Chesterfield; via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs for Hardwick Hall to start with but then as the road splits follow the sign for Hardwick Inn and the car park is on the left just under the motorway bridge. Parking is £3 per vehicle (correct August 2014).

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Walk Sections

Start to Road
Start to Road

Start point: 53.1716 lat, -1.3238 long
End point: 53.1756 lat, -1.3152 long

Standing in the lower park car park, with the toilet facilities behind you, walk along the path that follows the edge of Millers Pond crossing a footbridge and continuing until you reach a gate. Pass through the gate and follow the path to the left which gently winds uphill through the woods to a gate. Pass through the gate to reach the road, please be careful of traffic at this point.

Road to Right Turn
Road to Right Turn

Start point: 53.1756 lat, -1.3152 long
End point: 53.1783 lat, -1.3088 long

Cross the road and follow the grass path up a fairly steep slope, passing a small copse of trees. At the top, turn left and go through a gate (which has a handle shaped like a snake). Follow the track for a short while until you reach a waymarker post. Turn right at this point and you will have a view of Ault Hucknall church to your left.

Right Turn to Gate into field
Right Turn to Gate into field

Start point: 53.1783 lat, -1.3088 long
End point: 53.1782 lat, -1.3007 long

Follow the path through the wood until you reach a split of paths and a waymarker post. Turn right here and after a short distance pass through the gate into the field.

Gate into field to Gate out of wood
Gate into field to Gate out of wood

Start point: 53.1782 lat, -1.3007 long
End point: 53.1723 lat, -1.2957 long

Cross the field by the well-defined grass path continuing until you reach a quiet road. Cross this and go through the gate following the path until you reach Park Piece woods. If needed take a rest on the seat provided. Follow the path through the woods until you reach a gate out of the woods and into a field. Note: The path through the woods can be very muddy in wet weather.

Gate out of wood to View of Hardwick Hall
Gate out of wood to View of Hardwick Hall

Start point: 53.1723 lat, -1.2957 long
End point: 53.1679 lat, -1.2969 long

Pass through the gate and turn right following the edge of the woods on your right to reach another gate. Go through this, over the bridge and up a shallow flight of steps to reach another gate. Go through the gate and follow the path until you reach a gate onto a track, cross this veering slightly left to pass across an avenue of trees. Here you get a good view of Hardwick Hall.

View of Hardwick Hall to Flight of Steps
View of Hardwick Hall to Flight of Steps

Start point: 53.1679 lat, -1.2969 long
End point: 53.1647 lat, -1.2974 long

Follow the path for a short distance until you reach a gate which leads you into Lady Spencer Woods. Here you will find an information plaque explaining who Lady Spencer was. During spring to early summer the woods here are a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic which attract many butterflies and bees. Follow the path through the woods until you meet a junction. Turn right here climbing up a fairly steep flight of steps.

Flight of Steps to Stable Yard
Flight of Steps to Stable Yard

Start point: 53.1647 lat, -1.2974 long
End point: 53.1665 lat, -1.3084 long

On reaching the top of the steps continue on the path through the trees, passing a car park on your right and an adventure play area on your left, until you reach the visitor centre. Walk into the stable yard, where you will find toilets, a café and gift shop.

Stable Yard to Gap in Wall
Stable Yard to Gap in Wall

Start point: 53.1665 lat, -1.3084 long
End point: 53.1688 lat, -1.3101 long

Cross the yard heading to the furthest right-hand corner to pass under a stone arch. Turn right and follow the cobbled path passing the old hall on your left to reach the main entrance to the front of Hardwick Hall on your right. Turn left and, with the hall behind, cross the road (taking care of the busy traffic) heading for the gap in the wall which is signed to lower park.

Gap in Wall to Gate in Wooden Fence
Gap in Wall to Gate in Wooden Fence

Start point: 53.1688 lat, -1.3101 long
End point: 53.1701 lat, -1.3164 long

Go through the gap in the wall turning left to walk beside a tall stone wall to a gate. Pass through the gate, here you will have good views of the lower park. Follow the grass path steeply downhill heading for a gate in a wooden fence. You will see various sculptures in this section.

Gate in Wooden Fence to End
Gate in Wooden Fence to End

Start point: 53.1701 lat, -1.3164 long
End point: 53.1711 lat, -1.3237 long

Pass through the gate and walk between two small ponds. Follow the path to the left with the ponds to your left to reach a gate. Go through the gate and turn left to walk around the end of the Great Pond via a bridge, taking time here to look back at the view of the halls high on the hill.

Continue forward and on reaching the car park head back to your parking place and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Hardwick Hall Estate Trail"

4th June 2017. Lovely varied walk with good conditions underfoot throughout. There is certainly a good uphill section early in the walk, which gets the circulation working well. Excellent views from the top. The tea room, which is around the 3/4 mark of the walk, proved to be timely and refreshing. You should note that the footpath at point 8 in the map was fenced off and closed. Instead we followed the entrance road and picked up the walk route again between points 1 and 2 and then retraced our route back to the lower car park, which increased the distance to just under 5 miles. A recommended walk.

By longwatch on 04 Jun 2017

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3554_0mumnpets1409057605 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide Image by: Marie Prime
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When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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