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Cycle Route, free entry

Five Pits Trail

Five Pits Trail


Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

01629 533020


Birkin Lane,
S42 5BW


The Five Pits Trail is an off-road route that’s great for walkers, pram pushers, cyclists and horse riders. It is a 5½ mile linear route from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds, passing through a mainly agricultural and woodland landscape. The Trail can be extended to 7½ miles by exploring the route through Williamthorpe Ponds local nature reserve and Holmewood Woodlands.

Following closure of the large collieries and other smaller pits along the Great Central Railway, the landscape has changed drastically. Most of the original railway lines were removed and parts of the land were opencast. Today, the Five Pits Trail follows the approximate route of the original railway. These landscape changes have resulted in the Trail being undulating throughout with a number of long steep slopes.

Trail entrances are accessible for people with limited mobility but surface conditions and the steep undulating terrain may restrict some people's access to some sections.

Access: Limited

Miles: 6

Picnic site

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Some parts not suitable for wheelchair users.

Open all the time


Free entry



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Map reference: SK 408668  Lat: 53.19671 Long: -1.39072

Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 towards Clay Cross. At 1st roundabout take 2nd exit (A6175). At next roundabout take 2nd exit (A6175). Continue on this road for approx 1½ miles to North Wingfield and turn right onto North Wingfield Green. Follow road past the Green and road becomes Chesterfield Road. Pass primary school and Deincourt School on left. Continue to Grassmoor and turn right opposite petrol station (Birkin Lane). Follow road to car park on left.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout. Take 2nd exit A6175 towards Clay Cross, then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (B&Q) select middle lane and take 3rd exit (Markham Road). Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617) Keep in left lane and leave by 1st exit. Follow road round to right and over A617. Continue to follow road to Hasland and turn right at mini roundabout opposite gates to Eastwood Park (B6038, The Green). Follow road for approx 2 miles and turn left into Birkin Lane. Follow road to car park on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Some parts not suitable for wheelchair users.

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