Luckily Derbyshire has access to many trails, parks and footpaths – meaning that, even when everyone has been required to stay at home, locals have still been able to explore some beautiful places.
The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Ramblers group are experts when it comes to picking perfect routes. Members have been been heading out as individuals while social distancing rules have been in force, and have shared 10 of their favourite walks to follow.
“Walking has been important as a safe activity during the pandemic as it promotes both physical and mental health,” the group says. “To avoid mud the trails are the easiest routes to follow. Most of these are on disused railway tracks and have good surfaces, easy access, are relatively flat and suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.”
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5. Avenue Washlands
The Avenue Washlands can be found at Hunloke/Wingerworth. See www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org for details.
6. Linacre Reservoirs
See www.stwater.co.uk for a leaflet about these reservoirs near Cutthorpe.
Photo: Anne Shelley
7. Stephenson Trail
This trail takes a route via Tapton House, where George Stephenson spent his last ten years, the Chesterfield Canal, and Holy Trinity Church where he is buried. See www.chesterfieldramblers.com for information.
8. Chesterfield Western Circular
The Chesterfield Western circular follows the River Hipper past the historic Cannon Mill and Walton Dam, returning via the relics of past industry in Brampton. See www.chesterfieldramblers.com for information.