Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre
Grassmoor owes its existence to the rich seams of coal which it stands on. As far back as Roman times, coal was taken from those seams which lay close to the surface but, after the Industrial Revolution, deeper mine workings were sunk. The first shaft was sunk in 1846 and officially opened in 1880.
Two rows of houses were built in the village for colliery workers. The longest was East Street, known locally as Sluggards Row because the miners living here, although nearest to the Colliery, were always the last to arrive. The other row was Grasshill where colliery officials lived but was called Four Bob by the locals as the rent was just 4 shillings a week.
Grassmoor Colliery closed in 1971 and the other local pits had all closed by the mid 1980s, so Grassmoor is better known today for its Country Park and the starting point of the Five Pits Trail. The Park is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife, including water voles, grass snakes, butterflies and skylarks. There have also been occasional sightings of kestrels.
The Five Pits Trail is a traffic free linear route of almost 8 miles linking five former colliery sites, but also offers shorter circular routes. Several other trails connect with the Five Pits taking walkers and cyclists further afield.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 towards Chesterfield. Leave A617 at first exit (approx 2½ miles). At top of slip road turn left and follow road round sharp left bend into Temple Normanton. Take 2nd road on right (approx ½ mile) then first right turn (Birkin Lane) and follow road for approx 1 mile into Grassmoor.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. When carriageway divides select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) take 2nd exit (A617). Leave by 2nd slip road (approx 2 miles) and turn right. Follow road round sharp left bend into Temple Normanton. Take 2nd road on right (approx ½ mile) then first right turn (Birkin Lane) and follow road for approx 1 mile into Grassmoor.
: 4 miles from Chesterfield station
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted