Getting here

You can download the leaflet HERE

We are often asked about walking routes to the castle, so here's a selection that have been uploaded to the Mapometer website:
To find them:
1) In the left-hand column of the page link above, click to remove the tick from the (green) running figure, then click to place a tick in the box next to the (red) walking figure
2) Adjust the two-part slider at the bottom of the column to 0 miles on the left and to 8 miles on the right
3) Click the magnifying glass in the top left corner of the map and type in 'Codnor Castle Derbyshire'. Make sure you click on this when it appears below the search bar.
4) Click 'Search'
5) The number of routes found should then appear in the top-left corner of the map. Use the left and right navigation arrows to scroll through the routes, and click the link to open the route (see screenshot for this step).
You can adjust the scale of the map using the + and - icons, and its position on the screen by clicking and dragging.
Alternatively, if you can't wait to get your walking boots on, here's a list of links to the walks. Just click them, and you'll practically be on your way!
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886917.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4887334.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886909.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886913.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886927.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886904.html
https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4886949.html
Oh, and if you have any favourite routes to the castle, why not share them through Mapometer (it's free to register!) and then let us know about them?

Parking and access:
For those of you with mobility issues, there's parking available in the farmyard, though the road is rough for much of its length.

For other visitors, we recommend parking and walking:

There's free parking in Codnor Market Place (opposite the Poet & Castle: postcode DE5 9QY), and a signposted footpath off Alfreton Road: cross the road outside Wright's butchers, walk a little further down the road and you'll see it. This route takes around 20 minutes to half an hour, depending on the conditions, though it can be boggy in wet weather.
Above there's a link to printable walking directions for part of this route (they start on page 2), though you'll need to depart from them after step 2. Once you're on Castle Lane, look for the stile onto the public footpath towards the north court, then head south-east towards the farmhouse for refreshments:

Alternatively, you can park free of charge in Codnor Park Reservoir car park (off Coach Road, near Ironville: postcode NG16 5PB), and walk up Monument Lane, then down Castle Lane. This route is firmer going, as much of it is on tarmac, and also takes around half an hour. Please note, however, that this car park is owned by Codnor Park Reservoir Angling Club, who hold their matches on Sundays, and whose members should be given priority.
​There is also a free car park at Jacksdale Community Center, Main road Jacksdale NG16 5JU,

Our information board inside the Alfreton road FREE Car Park Codnor

For those of you heading from Selston, Underwood or Jacksdale, parking is available in the Community Car Park off Main Road (behind Pauline's Pantry: postcode NG16 5JW). From here, follow the canal towpath, then pick up public footpaths through Kennels Farm woods and up the hill towards Codnor Castle.

N.B. Please do not use the postcode for the castle in your satnav, as the roads around the castle are extremely rough, and are restricted byways and public bridleways. If you do get lost on foot, however, the postcode for Castle Farm is NG16 5PQ.

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