Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre
Holmewood began as homes for the workers at the Williamthorpe Colliery but, since the closure of the mine in 1970, it has become better known for the Five Pits Trail which runs through it. Today, Holmewood Ponds Nature Reserve is a haven for birdlife, butterflies and wildlife.
Explore the area on an audio trail and listen to interviews with local residents, countryside rangers and wildlife experts. Follow the history of Holmewood from the coal mines to the creation of the Great Central Railway (now a walking and cycling trail) and on to the restoration of the land right up to the present day. The route is just under 2 miles long and takes in part of the Five Pits Trail. Download the trail onto an MP3 player, iPod or mobile phone by clicking on the website link below.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 towards Clay Cross. At 1st roundabout take 2nd exit (A6175). At next roundabout take 1st exit onto Heath Road.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout. Take 2nd exit A6175 towards Clay Cross, 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 (Markham Road). 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) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road to M1 motorway junction (approx 4 miles) and take 5th exit A6175 towards Clay Cross, then follow route from North/South.
: 5 miles from Chesterfield station
- Cash Point
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted