Brackenfield Heritage Trail

  • Brackenfield Heritage Trail has been developed by a group of local people united by their fascination with local history, love of the countryside and passion for walking. Their aim was to make an entertaining and interesting resource that would enhance visitors’ experience and enjoyment of the area. This has been a real community effort involving a wide range of partners. Land owners and farmers, local Ramblers, DCC and volunteer footpaths reps, locally-based consultants and social enterprise workers have all pulled together with the Trail Group to get it up and running. We hope you enjoy your walk!

    The Route

    This trail is a fascinating 8k/5-mile, circular walk, which takes in some of Brackenfield's most scenic views, monuments and historic sites. It starts outside Brackenfield Church Hall (DE55 6AQ), follows paths up to Highoredish viewpoint, via Trinity Chapel, before descending to Berridge Lane Nature Reserve and returning past Clattercotes Farm, Woolley, Ogston New Road, Brackenfield Church and Millers Lane.

    There is a shorter 4k/2.5-mile route returning to the Green from Highoredish via The Griffs and Carr Lane. An accessible circuit round The Green takes in two Points of Interest and an area of woodland.

    You are advised to use the directions below in conjunction with Ordnance Survey maps: OS 269 Explorer (Chesterfield and Alfreton) or OS 119 Landranger 

    QR plaque 1 is on the signpost on the junction of Brackenfield Lane and School Lane, next to The Green


    Draft QR plaques are in place. The Trail Team would love your feedback. (What do you think of the content and design? Is the text clear and easy to understand? Did you know what to do? Are the  instructions clear? Any mistakes? What did you particularly like about the Trail?) Please send your comments to

    Take care in the Berridge Lane Nature Reserve during this period. The land owners are planning to fix the path close to the stream where it has been eroded in recent flooding. Until this work is completed you are advised to take an alternative route.

    The Launch

    The Trail Launch, exhibition and community picnic planned for Sunday 12th July 2020 have been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. It is hoped that these events can be re-scheduled to take place in 2021. Please check the website for details. 




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