Linacre Reservoirs (Easier, Accessible)
To the east of the Peak District near to Chesterfield lie these three delightful little reservoirs surrounded by mature woodland.
There are several well-surfaced trails around the water and through the woods so you can choose to walk a distance of anything between 1 ½ and 3 miles. In spring, the woods around the Reservoirs are carpeted with bluebells and other wild flowers, but at this time of the year the hills and moorland surrounding them are covered in radiant purple heather.
After a nice stroll you can head for the historic market town nearby at Chesterfield, famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. Markets are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday with a flea market every Thursday and a farmers’ market on the second Thursday of every month.
Investigate the town’s past at the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, which trace’s the town’s history from the day the Romans marched up Ryknield Street and built a fort, through the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the railways (which brought George Stephenson to Chesterfield) right up to the present day. Or pick up a Town Trail from the Visitor Information Centre and discover some of the less well known but equally interesting places of interest in the town centre, such as Secker’s House and number 2 St Mary’s Gate.
Chesterfield also has a theatre, a concert and exhibition centre and a 10 screen cinema, as well as a sports centre with 3 swimming pools, squash courts and gym. and a park with a miniature train and one of the loveliest cricket grounds in the country, all in the town centre.
In the opposite direction and only 10-15 minutes drive from Linacre Reservoirs, this coming weekend features one of the areas highlight events of the year, and arguably one of the UK’s finest country fairs, Chatsworth Country Fair. For a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer, there’s nowhere quite like it. Sample superb local produce, find some exquisite crafts and spend a weekend enjoying a whole host of family activities, displays and performances, from massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone. This year sees the return of the Red Arrows, closing the show on Sunday afternoon.
So, whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll this weekend, a spot of shopping or donning your finest country attire and immersing yourself in country life, the Peak District & Derbyshire is sure to have something for you.
Save your energy though as next week we tackle possibly the hardest walk of all so far, ascending Laddow Rocks and Black Hill in the very north of the region.
As ever, for more walking inspiration head to the website, www.visitpeakdistrict.com/walking