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Cycling in Chesterfield

Chesterfield is a vibrant market town in North Derbyshire and has an active cycling campaign with over 300 members.

Chesterfield Cycle Campaign aims to increase the cycle infrastructure in and around the town and show that cycling is a viable and sustainable form of local transport.

These aims are enshrined in both the Local Transport Plan and Planning Policy Guidance document 13 which relates to transport. The Campaign is an official consultee for Chesterfield Borough Councils Planning Department. As such we are able to offer advice an how cycling measures can be incorporated into developments. We are also consulted by Derbyshire County Council's roads department to comment on proposed road enhancement schemes.

The Campaign's business and ideas are discussed at our monthly meetings. The meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in Meeting Room 1, upstairs at the Market Hall, Chesterfield at 7.30pm. Agendas and minutes are available on the 'Meetings & Events' page on our website

Members of the committee regularly meet representatives of Borough and County councils at liaison meetings.

Our goal is to have a comprehensive network of good quality cycle routes linked together to enable local jouneys to be easily undertaken by bike.

Following many years of lobbying the Councils to produce a cycle map to no avail the Campaign produced two paper maps, and is now concentrating efforts on improving electronic mapping via CycleStreets & OpenCycleMap.

If you cycle anywhere in Chesterfield, then please consider becoming a member of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign. By joining, you make a contribution that benefits all cyclists in this area:

  • With greater membership numbers, the Campaign's opinions and requests for better facilities carry greater weight with the local Councils, and it helps us to demonstrate that there is real demand for these.
  • The membership fees support our volunteer activities which include attending regular Council meetings throughout the county; providing useful information and raising awareness about cycling at our stalls and events; publishing printed information such as our Chesterfield Cycle Routes map and newsletter; and holding monthly members' meetings.

If you're interested in joining the campaign, which has very modest fees of £5 per adult and £10 per family (with concessions available), please fill in the form at

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Wheeldon Mill Locks

Side Weir Bridge Bluebank looking East

Side Weir Bridge Bluebank looking East

Wheeldon Mill bottom lock looking south

Fordbridge Lane heading West

Fordbridge Lane access East

Milepost 2m

Cut through from Towpath to Cycle Path Wheeldon Mill TPT

Towpath looking south to Wheeldon Mill Lock

Signpost Cuckoo Way, TPT and Newbridge Lane intersection

Egress from Events Field at Tapton Lock back onto Towpath and TPT

Sculpture at Tapton Lock (work in progress as at 05/12/18)

Tapton Lock Visitors Centre on the TPT (Trans Pennine Trail)

Narrow towpath under bridge of A619 and Tapton Lock Hill - towpath is liable to flooding (infrastructure cannot be altered to alleviate)

Narrow towpath under A619 and Tapton Lock Hill - path is liable to flooding (infrastructure cannot be altered to alleviate)

Approach to bridge over Tapton Lock Hill and A619 Rother Way (long tunnel)

View of towpath at side of canal exit (on right over low fence) from Mill Bridge heading North

Side weir at the start of the Chesterfield Canal

The start of the Chesterfield Canal

Mill Bridge on Chesterfield Canal (B1)

Towpath goes to right, footpath up onto old parking area on Brimington Road.

Divergence of TPT (to left) and towpath. Cyclists should go up onto Brimington Road rather than follow the narrow towpath to right.

Signpost on TPT, Cuckoo Way, Towpath

Convergence of TPT from right onto canal towpath

Old access bridge to industrial estate - LOW HEADROOM

Old bridge to industrial estate - LOW HEADROOM

Old access bridge parapet to industrial estate - narrow gap and blind bend to right

Old access bridge parapet to industrial estate - narrow gap and blind left corner

Exit right to Brimington Road - note that there is a flight of steps at the road. Towpath goes to left

Bridge over River Rother

Bridge over River Rother

Footbridge over A61 to Wharf Lane Towpath and Cuckoo Way goes to left just before railing. Note that there is a drop onto the towpath

Towpath junction with footbridge over A61 to Wharf Lane (left) and route over river to right - note the raised access if using a cycle...

Cuckoo Way sign at start of Chesterfield Canal on River - 46 miles to River Trent

Start of the Cuckoo Way at Holbeck Close, Chesterfield. S41 7UL

NCN67 Cycle Art

Cuckoo Way at Renishaw. Former and future towpath of the Chesterfield Canal.

Cuckoo Way at Renishaw. Route of Chesterfield Canal, within the next few years the canal should be returning along here

TPT recommended cycle route on disused railway line. Path from right comes down off of towpath, to rear is cycle route coming under Fordbridge Lane

TPT recommended cycle route on disused railway southbound under Newbridge Lane railway bridge

Wheeldon Mill southbound showing towpath and cycle route to right

Wheeldon Mill towpath showing preferred cycle route avoiding narrow towpath northbound

Tinker Sic side weir bridge, blind corner to right

Tinker Sic side weir - blind left had corner north bound

Exit to Station Road from TPT at Brimington Wharf

TPT recommended route for cyclists off narrow towpath along disused railway track.

TPT Brimington Wharf convergence of towpath and cycle path southbound

TPT southbound at CP up to TP and exit to Station Street

Brimington Wharf southbound

Access to TPT northbound from Station Road at Brimington Wharf

Brimington Wharf Bridge Southbound just after the divergence of the TPT onto road and from the convergence with the towpath and recommended cycle path.

Brimington Wharf Bridge Northbound. Note that there is a path to the left of the low wall that technically is the TPT but the egress at the top of the steep path is barred by a gate with a very narrow gap between the fence and wall - ok for ... [more]

Brimington Wharf Northbound

Railway bridge 2 south - note the brickwork in the archway!

Railway bridge south

Second bridge - note the brickwork in the archway!

Railway bridges - bridge 1 showing bridge 2 in distance

Milepost at One Mile along Chesterfield Canal (45 to go if you go all the way to West Stockwith!)

Towpath converging with path from Activities Field at Tapton.

Divergence of TPT at Activities Field Tapton Lock. Cyclists can go down towpath to right or follow path over activities field but there is a narrow rough area at north end back onto towpath through small wooded area.

Exit ramp of recommended cycle route over Lockoford Lane at Tapton Lock (southbound) avoiding narrow towpath under bridge

Exit over Lockoford Lane at Tapton Lock to avoid narrow towpath under road bridge.

Steep ramp from under bridge up to lock at Tapton - cyclists should use alternative route over bridge

Narrow towpath under road bridge at Tapton Lock - hence cyclists detour over road bridge

Towpath under road bridge at Tapton Lock Northbound showing narrow width and blind corner - hence recommendation for cyclists to follow signposted alternative over the road.

Road exit over Lockoford Lane at Tapton Lock for cycles North bound on TPT

TPT cycle path over road to avoid narrow towpath under bridge

Poor quality gate/kissing gate combination - upgrade needed to match the hardware installed within DCC's adjoining Markham Vale Development

Narrow bridge over the Doe Lea that requires upgrading to allow Multi User Trail accessibility

unnecessary obstructions dating back to when this was a live railway line

Looking down the steep slope towards the disused railway - steps required here to make safe for foot traffic - other users should be diverted to the south where the gradient is more manageable

Multi User Trail

Multi User Trail - variable surface quality

Multi User Trail

Connection between two very useful multi user trails

Junction of two existing Multi User trails

potential connectivity into the existing perimeter multi user trail

This informal path with an adequate surface would successfully link the existing perimeter track with a new path crossing the disused railway

steep slope up from the disused railway... its cycle-able by only the most able. The sensible upgrade is to create safe steps here for foot traffic, and route cycles/horses slightly safe where a slightly longer route exists with manageable ... [more]

crossing point over the long disused railway..the remaining ballast is somewhat uncomfortable underfoot

very narrow A frame , creating unnecessary access restrictions across the long disused railway, the only benefit is the slight deterrent to motor cycle access, but its so easy for anti-social users to find alternative routes through to the ... [more]

Narrow bridge over the Doe Lea that needs upgrading to a wider bridge to accommodate shared walking/cycling/horse traffic

narrow path that needs upgrading to full Multi user trail standards

Junction of at least two cycleable trails, that could readily be improved, the east-west trail needs upgrading to Multi User Trail to connect Poolsbrook and Markham Vale

To connect Markham Vales Multi user trail infrastructure to Poolsbrook successfully, this path needs upgrading in width and surface

old gate/kissing gate at the junction between Markham Vales new cycling friendly infrastructure and the older ROW network outside DCC land (staveley FP 30 adjoins from the North) . An informal desire line has been created to the left of th ... [more]

Narrowing of the Multi User Trail as it approaches the existing ROW network

newly created multi user trail linking Poolsbrook and the Markham Vale development

newly created multi user trail - typical gravel surface

Gravel surfaced new section of multi user trail

Transition from tarmac surfaced shared footway to wide gravel surfaced Multi User Trail towards Poolsbrook

Shared footpath/cyclway and bridleway? Good tarmac surface appropriate for location

shared footpath/cycleway between Woodthorpe and Markham Vale

Bridge over River Doe Lea on Cuckoo Way

Unfortunately, the gap created at the side of the locked steel barrier has a loose stone surface, adjoining nice tarmac. The change in surface will catch out the unwary, especially as the stone surface becomes more eroded over time

Excellent link to Markham Lane, very nicely tarmacced

Underpass beneath the M1 heading down to Markham Lane

Markham Vale mining remembrance figures

nice cycletrack alongside several figures from teh Markham Vale mining memorial

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