Local Walks

Countryside around BrackenfieldThe Plough Inn at Brackenfield is very fortunate to be situated in the lovely countryside of the Amber Valley, criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and quiet country lanes.

Walk 1 – Brackenfield Audio Trail

16th Century Ruin of Trinity Chapel, Brackenfield

Trinity Chapel

We are ideally situated half-way round North East Derbyshire’s Brackenfield Audio Trail, a four mile circular walk, which was produced as part of their Hidden Gems project.  The audio trail starts at Ogston Reservoir’s West Car Park, with opportunities for a spot of bird watching and includes a visit to the ruins of the 16th Century Trinity Chapel as well as the present Church of Brackenfield. The map and audio files can be downloaded from the Hidden Gems web site.  If you wish to use the Plough Inn as your starting point, we suggest you download the individual audio tracks so that you can play them in any order during your walk.

Please note: There is a short walkway between the back of the Plough Inn’s car park and School Lane at Mathersgrave (approximately 100m before audio point 7 at the bend in the road), which you are welcome to use to avoid walking round to us on the main road.

Walk 2 – Landlord’s Walk (Short)

Mathersgrave Guide Stoop

Mathersgrave Guide Stoop

A 3 mile circular walk from the Plough Inn. Start by using the short walkway between the back of the Plough Inn’s car park and School Lane at Mathersgrave. In the hamlet of Mathersgrave, you will find a guide stoop set into a wal. Adjacent to the stoop, there is a stone reputedly marking the burial place of Samuel Mather, a local sheep stealer who was said to have committed suicide over the birth of an illegitimate daughter (http://www.brackenfield.net). You will also pass by the remains of a 16th century chapel and take in the fine views from Highoredish. A trig point is located on Open Access land just off the footpath.

Please exercise caution when crossing Matlock Road at the junction with Dewy Lane, particularly if undertaking the walk in an anticlockwise direction. If walking with children, Walk 3 is a similar walk but avoids crossing the main Matlock Road.

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Walk 3 – Landlord’s Walk (Short avoiding crossing the main road)

View of Ogston Reservoir from Highoredish

View from Highoredish

A 2.6 mile circular walk from the Plough Inn. Start by using the short walkway between the back of the Plough Inn’s car park and School Lane at Mathersgrave. In the hamlet of Mathersgrave, you will find a guide stoop set into a wall. Adjacent to the stoop, there is a stone reputedly marking the burial place of Samuel Mather, a local sheep stealer who was said to have committed suicide over the birth of an illegitimate daughter (http://www.brackenfield.net). Continue up White Carr Lane until you reach the footpath which takes you pass the ruins of a 16th century chapel (Trinity Chapel). A concessionary footpath then leads you on up to Highoredish with its fine views. Crossing Coldharbour Lane, follow the diverted footpath around the coniferous woodland and onto some Open Access land. Here you can take a short detour off the footpath to visit the trig point and sample some more fantastic views. Rejoining the footpath will take you back over to Highoredish where you can either retrace your steps back to the Plough Inn past Trinity Chapel or walk down Coldharbour Lane to reach Mathersgrave.

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Walk 4 – Landlord’s Walk (Long)

Brackenfield Well Dressing by Stretton Handley C of E Primary School

Well Dressing by Stretton Handley Primary School

A 4 mile circular walk from the Plough Inn at Brackenfield. The walk takes you to the hamlet of Brackenfield where you can see the biggest green in England. Well dressings are on display here during the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend. You will also pass by the remains of a 16th century chapel and take in the fine views from Highoredish. A trig point is located on Open Access land just off the footpath. (Please take care crossing the main road at the beginning and end of your walk as well as at the junction with Dewy Lane)

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