The village of Coal Aston is now almost a part of the larger town of Dronfield. Coal Aston sits on a ridge overlooking Sheffield and Dronfield, bounded on the south by Frith Wood.
This ancient woodland shows evidence of coppicing carried out generations ago. Trees were cut close to the ground and, from the stump, grew a number of shoots which gave a higher yield of wood. This could then be used to make charcoal for the early iron and steel industries in the Moss Valley.
As you might expect from the name of the village, a number of coal mines were sunk in the area, and open casting also took place in the 1950s. Nothing remains today of the coal industry and Coal Aston is better known now for its pubs - especially the Royal Oak. Known locally as 'the pond' the Royal Oak is the place where men from the village play a game called 'Hook and Hoop', although nationally its name is 'Ringing the Bull'. Players swing a metal hook, attached to the roof by a length of string, towards a hook fixed to the wall.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select right-hand lane and take 4th exit (A61 signposted Sheffield). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Little Chef) take 3rd exit (A61). Follow A61 to next roundabout (approx 4 miles) and take 2nd exit B6057. At next roundabout take 3rd exit B6158 (Dyche Lane) towards Coal Aston. After passing BP garage turn left at mini roundabout (Eckington Road) into village.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 into 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. Stay in left lane but, at roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61 (signposted Sheffield). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61), then follow route from North/South.
: 1 mile from Dronfield station
- Cash Point
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted