Bolsover Castle with footpath sign

Walking guide: Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall

This 11km (7 mile) circular walk links two of Derbyshire's many castles and historic houses: glamorous Bolsover Castle and the ruin of Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

Facing each other across a valley with the M1 rumbling in between, both were built on land belonging to William Peveril after the Norman Conquest. That's where the similarities end, but you can discover the landscape which connects them on this walk. 

Muddy boots warning: this route crosses several fields - stay on the footpaths. Please also note that livestock may be grazing along the route so keep your dog on a lead.

DISTANCE11km (6.8 miles) circular walk. 2.5-3hrs walking time. Allow extra time to visit both sites - at least an hour at Bolsover Castle.
TERRAINUp and downhill through fields. Some sections are steep and there are stiles to climb over - study footwear is advisable.
TRANSPORTParking is available at Bolsover Castle if you're visiting the site.
FOOD & DRINKBolsover Castle has a cafe and toilet facilities. More cafes and pubs are available in the town of Bolsover too.
ACCESS & DOGSLivestock may be grazing along this route, so keep your dog on a lead. The route isn't suitable for pushchairs or people with limited mobility.
MAP REFERENCEOS Explorer 269

Views from this walk

Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | View of the valley from Bolsover Castle. Sutton Scarsdale Hall is on the opposite site of the valley.

View of the valley from Bolsover Castle. Sutton Scarsdale Hall is on the opposite site of the valley.
Bolsover to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | The path skirts around a small lake - the ground can get boggy near the edge, so take care.

The path skirts around a small lake - the ground can get boggy near the edge, so take care.
Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | Close up of berries in a hedgerow near a signpost

Close up of berries in a hedgerow near a signpost
Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | It's not the prettiest bit, but the route crosses the M1 twice - once over a bridge and once through a farm tunnel.

It's not the prettiest bit, but the route crosses the M1 twice - once over a bridge and once through a farm tunnel.
Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | If you have a bit of extra time, the village of Sutton Scarsdale has more to see than just the ruin of the Hall.

If you have a bit of extra time, the village of Sutton Scarsdale has more to see than just the ruin of the Hall.
Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Walk | Sutton Scarsdale Hall is currently undergoing some conservation work which means that you can't explore inside the ruin.

Sutton Scarsdale Hall is currently undergoing some conservation work, which means that you can't explore inside the ruin.

 The Route

StartBolsover Castle

This walk starts (and ends) at Bolsover Castle, so you can explore this fairytale Stuart mansion either at the start or end of your day. You'll get a fantastic view over your route from the Terrace Range. The toilets and cafe here are the only facilities on this route, so make sure you're prepared before you set off.

Looking towards the Little Castle from the Wall Walk at Bolsover Castle
Visit Bolsover Castle

0.2kmLEAVING BOLSOVER CASTLE

Come out of Bolsover Castle and follow the road round to the right, then turn right again down Castle Lane. The road curves down and around the hill - as it turns back round to the left, follow the footpath sign through the trees, along the tarmac path off to the right.

You'll come out at an open field with Bolsover Castle above on your right. Turn left down the hill and follow the path parallel to the hedge until you get to the bottom of the field.

Castle Lane, Bolsover

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