Peter Fidler Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve, free entry
The recently named Peter Fidler Reserve is situated on the former Bolsover South Tip. The tip has been transformed by Derbyshire County Council and contains a number of valuable habitats, including willow carr, reed bed, river corridor and grassland. Sensitive reclamation works have protected these habitats and created new ponds, woodland and meadows
In the summer Dragonflies are on the wing in the Peter Fidler Reserve. Watch over the new pools for these fascinating insects. You will see Emperor, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Southern Hawker with Common and Blue Tailed Damselflies. These flying jewels are following in the footsteps of their illustrious ancestors discovered as fossils at Bolsover Pit in 1978 that lived 300,000,000 years ago. The first one was a new species with a 20 cm wingspan and created quite a stir both locally and nationally. A second find in the pit that year proved to be the largest fossil insect, named by the British Museum in 1980 as Typhus ailuculum (Giant Dragonfly of the Dawn) with a wingspan of 50 cm. The largest Dragonfly wingspan you will see now is the 10.6 cm of the Emperor.
The site has been dedicated to the memory of Peter Fidler, who was born in 1769 at Mill Farm, adjacent to Bolsover Tip South. Peter Fidler became a famous North American explorer and chief surveyor for the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.
The Reserve includes new pathways, picnic areas and viewpoints overlooking Bolsover and the Doe Lea Valley. The commemorative stone cairn installed on the reserve is similar to Peter Fidler's memorial at Dauphin in Canada. Access to the Peter Fidler Reserve is available for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Open all the time
SK 461706 53.23043 -1.31085
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 towards Chesterfield. Leave by 1st slip road (approx 1½ miles) and turn right at end of slip road (B6425) At traffic lights, go straight on and follow road for approx 1½ miles and, at traffic lights, turn right (A632). At roundabout take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for approx 2¼ miles and, at roundabout take 3rd exit (Riverside Way). Follow road to car park at end.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. At roundabout take 3rd exit (A617), then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road, going straight on at traffic lights, for about 1 mile and, at traffic lights (Royal Hospital) go straight on. Follow road for approx 1¼ miles to traffic lights and go straight on. At roundabout take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for approx 2¼ miles and, at roundabout take 3rd exit (Riverside Way). Follow road to car park at end.
- Disabled access
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted