Alfreton

Derbyshire


Slow Ways linking Alfreton and Clay Cross, Crich, Matlock, Ripley, Selston, South Normanton

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Alfreton’s six Slow Ways: 58%

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 1/6
and surveyed: 1/6

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Walk to Alfreton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Alfreton—Selston
Alfsel one Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 97m Descent 112m
Alfreton—Selston
Alfsel two Verify me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 139m Descent 154m
Alfreton—South Normanton
Alfsou one Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 86m Descent 64m
Alfreton—South Normanton
Alfsou two Verify me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 61m Descent 39m
Clay Cross—Alfreton
Claalf one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 120m Descent 107m
Clay Cross—Alfreton
Claalf two Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 172m Descent 34m
Crich—Alfreton
Crialf one Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 199m Descent 139m
Matlock—Alfreton
Matalf one Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 367m Descent 401m
Matlock—Alfreton
Matalf two Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 387m Descent 421m
Ripley—Alfreton
Ripalf one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 95m Descent 125m
Ripley—Alfreton
Ripalf three Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 120m Descent 148m

Collective progress

57% of Alfreton’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

10/11

reviewed

3/11

surveyed

1/11

verified

4 people have contributed to Alfreton’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Alfreton

86km out of 101km have been walked and reviewed

147km of reviews have been shared in Alfreton

Latest Updates

We cross the bridge over the heritage railway by Butterley station, then take the path right over stiles and along the field boundaries (note that the trodden line is less direct than the right of way). We follow the lane half left up the hill to Cray's Hill, where we cross and turn right. The bridleway follows the edge of a wood to an industrial road (Wimsey Way), where we turn right - there is a choice of following the wide road or the little path left parallel to it....

Hugh Hudson

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These paths offer a very pleasant walk to Wheatcroft but there is one spot where the path invisibly crosses a cropped field, the plot is good so stick with it. It's a climb along a green lane into the hamlet of Wheatcroft and the ascent continues on the road of departure. If you don't need a break at Tansley then the view from Riber is well worth including so I suggest heading west along the road then a direct footpath off Carr Lane. On the Slow Way the path becomes well walked dropping into Tansley where it passes the inn but this takes us on a narrow pavement alongside a busy road. The path from the road climbs to Riber across pasture and while views of the turreted castle had been inviting since Wheatcroft it's now hiding behind trees. Sit on the grass or a little further down a bench and pick out landmarks known or perhaps new before making the steep descent and a walk through the old town, Matlock Green and across the park missing the final yards of this Slow Way unless you have a train to catch....

Ken

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I walked this route from Alfreton northwards in June. I found it very enjoyable and no particular problems....

StephenWalker

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StephenWalker surveyed Ripalf three

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The route leaves on quiet pavements before taking to the footpath around the school field. The footpath from the A610 underpass up to Wood Street was muddy and steeply uphill (in places), but there was firm ground available alongside....

StephenWalker

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StephenWalker surveyed Alfsou two

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After crossing the railway approaching Pinxton it uses a path that is on the ground and is well used but not on the map....

Ken

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The path parallel to the road climbing from the station to South Normanton was pretty muddy on the day I walked it. The Alfsou1 route is longer and very wet in places....

StephenWalker

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StephenWalker surveyed Alfsel two

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Alfreton

StephenWalker surveyed Alfreton

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The first section through Cotes Park is well defined but not very uplifting (except for the Cotes Ponds and wood)....

StephenWalker

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StephenWalker took this photo on Alfsel two

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Work continues on the restoration of Wingfield station claimed to be the oldest surviving railway station building in the world, trains no longer stop here. The path passes under the line by a bridge just wide enough for those on foot showing there was a footpath here when the railway was built in 1840. A new development expanding Crich comes into view and the stream crossing here is not on the correct line so cross the bridge and head for the track then left you may not even notice you are off the plot....

Ken

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(Use the footway on the south side of the road at the 50 MPH sign take the track that runs just south of the road only divided from the traffic by a hedge. Seats suggest this is an official path)....

Ken

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Much the same as route one because there is little choice but to use the path through the wooded area to head south. The fields I used to avoid the road were pleasant and the route fairly easy to locate. There may be cattle and stiles are more like low fences....

Ken

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Leaving Ripley the route takes an off road route through a park but it can be wet and the path muddy, so Butterley Hill might be worth considering after rain. After crossing the heritage railway the route is back into fields again these can be muddy and the walked path may not be on the plotted line....

Ken

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This was a good route that we took as the third leg of a long circular walk that started in Alfreton onto Matlock then into Crich. The directions were clear and easy to follow, the usual care needed as sometimes the paths are not always clear....

Dave Nash

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This a good route that we took as the first leg of a longer circular walk: Alfreton - Matlock, Matlock - Crich, Crich - Alfreton. Our start was from the Travelodge in Alfreton so was just slightly longer than the 10 miles....

Dave Nash

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A section of wider track then back to narrow path through woodland planted on former open cast coal mining, long gone. I looked for an alternative route out but the path used here is really the only option to head south. Potential for cattle and stiles that are really low fences but it's great to be in open fields....

Ken

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Clay Cross—Alfreton

Ken added Claalf two, a new walk from Clay Cross to Alfreton

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Alfreton—Selston

Ken added Alfsel two, a new walk from Alfreton to Selston

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Definitive paths are obstructed across Smotherfly open cast site which was not reinstated....

Ken

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I've tried to find inviting pictures but generally this was a walk in some open countryside but along fenced paths....

Ken

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Ripley—Alfreton

Ken added Ripalf three, a new walk from Ripley to Alfreton

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It's not because stiles, uneven surface and long section of enclosed unfriendly paths make section unpleasant....

Ken

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Alfreton—Selston

Slow Ways added Alfsel one, a new walk from Alfreton to Selston

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Alfreton—South Normanton

Slow Ways added Alfsou one, a new walk from Alfreton to South Normanton

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Alfreton—South Normanton

Slow Ways added Alfsou two, a new walk from Alfreton to South Normanton

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Clay Cross—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Claalf one, a new walk from Clay Cross to Alfreton

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Crich—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Crialf one, a new walk from Crich to Alfreton

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Matlock—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Matalf one, a new walk from Matlock to Alfreton

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Matlock—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Matalf two, a new walk from Matlock to Alfreton

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Ripley—Alfreton

Slow Ways added Ripalf one, a new walk from Ripley to Alfreton

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Alfreton, Wed 1 February

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Alfreton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK4112555567

Lat / Lon

53.09575° / -1.38731°

Easting / Northing

441,125E / 355,567N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Alfreton's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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