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Village

Grassmoor

Grassmoor

Contact

Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre

01246 345777/8

Address

Grassmoor,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire,
S42 5ED

Details

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.

Picnic site

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SK 403672  Lat: 53.20034 Long: -1.39816

From North/South
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.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.

From West
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.

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Chesterfield station

Facilities

  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
 
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