Hardwick Hall offers many different walking paths.
This particular walk is a good introduction to both the hall and the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails. Lovely walk through different landscapes, relatively flat and easy going except for the hill in Hardwick There are several variations incorporating other routes including Pleasley Country Park.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Leave the visitors center and walk through the car park to the far end. Take the path along the side of Miller's Pond. Cross the footbridge over the stream or you can use the stepping stones further down. Continue around the lake until you reach a gate, turn left after the gate and follow the path. It can be a little muddy in the wet but there are several alternatives through the woods. Whichever way you go will take you to another gate, go through the gate, across the road and straight up the hill
(1) Good views at the top of Hardwick Hall and surrounds. Take the large gate to the left and follow the lane past a large house on the left. Continue on the lane and across the fields towards Ault Hucknall. Upon reaching the village turn right onto the road and proceed past the church.
(2) Downhill from the village on the right is a finger post, two tracks are visible across the fields take the one on the left towards the row of trees at the top of the rise. (This field can get very muddy in wet weather so we often walk the road around these fields and take a left onto Duke's Drive to the same point). Cross the lane and down the next field, you can see the village of Rowthorne on the brow of the next hill. Cross the stream and go through the gate and up the hill passing through two more gates until you reach the main street of Rowthorne.
(3) Turn right along the road, nice seat on the left hand side for a cup of tea. Follow the road out of the village towards the Rowthorne Trail.
(4) The start of the Rowthorne Trail is on the left, go through the gate and follow the path until the end, the drier path is on the right.
(5) Go through the gate, down the bank up the other side and onto the Teversal Trail, turn right and follow it to gate and onto the lane
(6) Turn right and follow the lane through the fields to the gate that returns you to Hardwick Park.
(7) Go through the gate and down through the woods. At the junction of a path from the right continue up the hill towards Hardwick Hall with the car park on your left. Go past the visitors center and into the Quad and head for the cafe if you would like a cup of tea and a cake. Exit the quad towards the hall and turn left on the road down the hill until you reach a gate by a cattle grid.
(8) Go through the gate and turn immediately right almost back on yourself and follow the distinct path traversing the hill. After about 200m take the path on the right leading through a group of trees. Follow this path with the old hall on the right until you reach the information board.
(9) From this view point go down the hill towards a series of lakes, the path is well trodden. Take the gate on the right after the lakes turn left following the track towards another gate. Go through the gate and down the hill back to the car park.
(A) Arrival at the end.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Miller's Pond Car Park
1 : km 1.09 - alt. km 1.09 - Large Gate leaving Hardwick Grounds
2 : km 2.24 - alt. km 2.24 - Exiting Ault Hardwick
3 : km 3.29 - alt. km 3.29 - Rowthorne Village
4 : km 3.75 - alt. km 3.75 - Rowthorne Trail
5 : km 5.97 - alt. km 5.97 - Teversal Trail
6 : km 7.05 - alt. km 7.05 - Lane back to Hardwick
7 : km 8.97 - alt. km 8.97 - Entrance to Hardwick Park
8 : km 9.62 - alt. km 9.62 - Hardwick Hall and Stables (Pit stop)
9 : km 9.94 - alt. km 9.94 - Information Board for the Park
D/A : km 10.85 - alt. km 10.85 - The End
Starting Point is the car park by Millers Pond at the bottom of Hardwick Hall Estate. Car park price is currently £4.00, coins only unless you are a National Trust Member in which case its free. Toilets are available at the visitors center at the South Side of the car park, always handy for getting changed in wet weather.
Refreshments at Hardwick Hall Stable Block
Boots required in wet weather
Boot cleaning area behind the toilets at the visitor center.
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