Droche three
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By Ken on 16 Jun 2022







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This route leaves Chesterfield through Holmebrook Valley Park. Passes through Cutthorpe and Barlow both have refreshment stops. 11.8km and 129M of assent it may be the shortest but hilly

This route leaves Chesterfield through Holmebrook Valley Park. Passes through Cutthorpe and Barlow both have refreshment stops. 11.8km and 129M of assent it may be the shortest but hilly


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Grid Ref SK3547878420
Lat / Lon 53.30157° / -1.46911°
Easting / Northing 435,478E / 378,420N
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Grid Ref SK3850071140
Lat / Lon 53.23592° / -1.42464°
Easting / Northing 438,500E / 371,140N
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16 Jun 2022

I walked Chesterfield to Dronfield on a hot day, the ground was dry but one section showed sign of flooding and had an uneven surface, otherwise the surface was good and excellent Chesterfield to Cutthorpe. No stiles and no cattle seen but some pasture fields so could be. A few points where navigational care is needed but generally easy.

From the crooked spire a walk along the shopping street then past the impressive Town Hall before urban streets to link with the cycle track along the Holme Brook which is signed Holmebrook Valley Park or Town Centre if walking into Chesterfield.

The path runs along the edge of the park with back gardens to one side before turning to cross the brook to pass alongside a lake then steps up to the bridle path, the steps can be avoided but misses the lakeside path. The park fades out before entering Cutthorpe, there's an Inn here just off route.

From here it's proper field paths before it enters a wood and here it may be wet at times and tree roots offer grip or trip. Barlow has an inn a tea shop or ample seats in the churchyard so a good place for a break.

Furnace Lane is shown as a bridleway but on the ground it's a metalled road which serves a small settlement, I met no traffic. Take the drive to Monkwood Farm where the gates may intimidate but a side gate allows access. The roar of traffic on the bypass is now apparent. Watch for a well used path right off the main track which leads to a spiral ramped bridge hidden in the trees.

Over the bridge there are multiple paths so care is needed but it's basically up hill on the bridleway to discover a golf course on the left. It's now approaching the edge of Dronfield along quiet roads, through Quoit Green and a mix of interesting buildings. Take the ramp down to platform two for the meeting point. Cross the footbridge to reach platform one and the main road.

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