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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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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

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

Gate and Horse hop

beautiful surface

underpass beneath the M1

nice smooth surface, and a well maintained track

Nicely tarmaced path connecting Markham Lane to Duckmanton beneath the M1

Opening ceremony of the station link in Chesterfield

Station link, Chesterfield

Cycle entry into Tesco off Stonegravels Way

Hipper Valley Trail in Somersall woods

Shared path over bridge into Queen's Park from Future Walk

Cycle parking at Nando's

Narrow path on Stonegravels Way

Stonegravels Way looking towards town centre

End of traffic free station link

Staff cycle lockers at Walton Hospital

Cycle route across Inkerman Park.

View from the station link bridge.

Share path crossing of Trevorrow Crescent

Bridge in Somersall Park

Future Walk cycle way

OVO Energy Womens Tour Race

Trans Pennine Trail

Sustrans milepost

Rother Washlands route approaching Jawbones hill Toucan

Southern access to Rother Washlands route

Cycle access to sports centre

Sculpture in West Wood

Visitor Information Centre cycle parking

Trans Pennine Trail

Trans Pennine Trail

Shared path crossing Redvers Buller Road

Bridges on station link route

Access to cycle route through Queen's Park to sports centre

Shared path crossing side road

Dr Bike workshop. 1st Saturday of the month 09.30 - 13.00 March - October

Hipper Valley Trail crossing miniature railway in Queen's Park north car park

Start of station link route (Hipper Valley Trail)

Hipper Valley Trail crossing Park Road

Peak Resort bridleway access gate

Cycle parking platform 1

Underpass beneath the M1 along potential future rail sidings

Access track crossing up to the new Seymour Link Road

Track down from the Doe Lea floodbank towards the M1 underpass

Beneath the M1....

Track running beneath the M1 on the western side of the Doe Lea, very few places to cross the M1 exist in this area

Floodbank to the west of the Doe lea river

New link from Walton to Chesterfield Station

Lovely barrier planning!

Nice bit of painted cycle parking...

This is a classic - how do you cycle along this strategic local cycle route? Better barriers are required!

How not to do a strategic local cycle route... The Rother Washlands crosses the river here...

Blocked cycle lane - left like this unfinished for 10 months so far... [Edit: The route is no longer blocked - good news!]

Bike lane across Queens Park carpark

During building of relief road, canal extension and cycleway re-routing/improving.

Track improvement work in progress - hospital back entrance for cycles, July 2009

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