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Poulter Country Park

Type:Country Park

3 Whaley Road
NG20 9HS
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Tel01629 533190

Archaeological Way


The country park sits on the Archaeological Way and it has well surfaced limestone paths that wander through maturing woods and wildflower meadows.

This is a great place to look for wildlife. Skylarks and Sparrowhawks can often be spotted and, if you’re lucky, you might see the Welbeck Honey Buzzard. The two ponds in the Park attract dragonflies including the Emperor and the Black Tailed skimmer. Look in the pond for a sculpture made by local artist Phil Neale with children from Whaley School.

There are two waymarked trails around the park and, as you follow the longer route, look out for Art Along the Way. The Archaeological Way has inspired some fantastic pieces of community art which have become a sculpture trail in the Park.

Follow the trail to the viewpoint where you can look out at the pretty countryside, with Creswell, Langwith and Clowne in the distance. On a clear day, you can look across the Welbeck Estate to Lincoln Cathedral. It’s here, at the high point of the Park, that you’ll find ‘Top of the World’, created by artist Ewan Allinson and inspired by the area’s Stone Age past.

The shorter trail takes you down to the nature reserve with its small fields that are full of cowslips in the spring, and the ponds next to the Whaley Road car park.

Scroll down the page for a map of the Park.

Guide Prices

Free of charge



  • Free Parking

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Open all day every day


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29A and follow brown signs to Bolsover Castle. On reaching A632 follow road for approx 1 mile and, at roundabout, take 2nd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover. Pass right turn to Castle and continue on A632 for approx 1¼ miles through Bolsover and Hillstown to staggered crossroads. Turn left and immediately right and follow road for approx 2¼ miles to Derbyshire Pony Trekking. Continue on A632 for approx ½ mile and turn left onto Whaley Road. Follow road for approx 450 yards and Poulter Country Park car park on right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. At roundabout take 4th exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at next junction (29A), then follow route from North/South.

From West 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, going straight on at mini roundabout, for approx 1¼ miles to traffic lights and go straight on. At roundabout take 3rd exit (A632). Follow road for just under a mile into Bolsover then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Langwith Whaley Thorns around 1 mile away

Bus number 82 from Chesterfield town centre, one per hour

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