Route details

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    6.25 miles 

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    2.5 hours

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    OS Explorer maps 245

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    OS Grid Ref


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    Hartshorne Village Hall (DE11 7BE) 

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    Path type

    Roads, unsurfaced paths, tracks, woodland trails and farmland

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    Unsurfaced paths can be muddy in wet weather

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  • NFW Stage 7 - Eastbound

    NFW Stage 7 - Eastbound

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  • NFW Stage 7 - Westbound

    NFW Stage 7 - Westbound

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This stage takes you through pastoral countryside, lying cheek by jowl alongside the scars left by two centuries of coal and clay extraction. Here you will see the greatest transformation in The National Forest: tree planting has truly turned the land from black to green. 


Walk highlights


Hartshorne village is set amongst pleasant hilly farmland. The church of St Peter contains the family tomb of the Dethick family, one of whom went to Cleves to find a fourth wife for Henry VIII.

Blackfordby Spring

At the bottom of the hill in the village of Blackfordby look out for a natural spring dating back to the 11th century. Legend has it that the water has never frozen over.

Feanedock Wood

From the top of Feanedock Wood you can enjoy a panoramic view over the transforming Forest landscape. The former landfill site in the distance will in time be restored to create new wildlife habitats and open access woodlands.


Conkers was one of the earliest visitor attractions to be developed in The National Forest. Built on a former deep coal mine, you can now explore 120 acres of woodland, enjoy adventure play and indoor interactive exhibits.



  • Car Parking
  • Grassy Paths
  • Picnic Area

Where to eat

  • Conkers Waterside Cafe
  • The Bulls Head Hartshorne
  • Smisby Arms

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