This dog walk, to the west of Chesterfield, has no sheep, roads or stiles. It is partially accessible for wheelchair users on the hard surfaced, but not flat, path section.
Free parking, interpretation boards in the car park. WC (400m from the car park).
A very easy stroll that's ideal for hot days. There are no stiles, hills or livestock. The walk starts from the interpretation board in the last (lowest) car park.
The GPS reference for the start of the walk is N 53.24934, E -1.49436
Turn right onto the lane from the car park, and then right again onto a pathway. Pass through a gate, marked with a yellow footpath arrow. The leafy track soon broadens as it approaches the water. Keep the reservoir to your left, and carry on. You're now back in woodland, where carvers have been at work on the wood. See how many shapes you can spot - they're well camouflaged! Follow the woodland path around the end of the reservoir. Wooden walkways are in place to keep feet dry. If your dog doesn't like slatted bridges there aren't any alternative paths, and there seem to be quite a few submerged roots in the water which would make swimming a risky option. The path proper soon returns though. This emerges at other side of the dam wall you passed at the start of the walk. The grassy banks are covered in wild flowers in spring and summer, and it's a lovely picnic spot. Even if you stop for a cuppa, the downhill slopes are ideal for ball throwing to keep the dog on his toes! Stay on the path, with the water on the left, to walk around the next reservoir. Even on a baking hot day the path seems pleasantly cool. Cross over to the other side of the water. Again, the slopes are wonderful for ball throwing. Climb the flight of stone steps and turn left at the WCs. The WC opening times are unclear, and haven't been open on our last few walks here. Follow the metalled lane back to the car park.
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Edited: 19th November 2018. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.