Whaley Thorns takes its name from the dense woods shown on the first Ordnance Survey maps of the area. Thorn is the Anglo-Saxon word for 'wood' while Whaley is a Celtic word for 'water' or 'spring'. This refers to natural springs near the village and to the River Poulter which runs just outside the village. The original meaning may have been 'wood between the waters'.
During the 19th Century, much of the wood was cut down after coal was found underneath it and, in 1876, a coal mine was sunk. With the arrival of the railway, Whaley became a colliery village. The colliery closed in 1978 and, in the same year, the village was designated as a conservation area. The railway line closed but, today is open again as part of the Robin Hood Line which runs from Worksop to Nottingham.
Much of the village is unspoilt and most of the buildings in the conservation area date from the 1700s and 1800s. A Village Company has been set up and they are working to replace some of the woodlands that Whaley Thorns was named after. Children at the local primary school chose the name 'Whispering Wood' and, in 2002, planting began. Most of the woods are willow and hazel which can be coppiced for traditional basket making and to support a furniture company in the village.
The Whispering Wood will also make an attractive entrance to Poulter Country Park, where visitors can follow limestone paths to a stunning viewpoint or a nature reserve. The Park has two ponds that attract lots of dragonflies as well as wildflower meadows, and has links to both the Archaeological Way and the Meden Valley Walks.
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Leave M1 at junction 30 and take A616 towards Newark. Travel through villages of Clowne and Creswell. After leaving Creswell, follow road (A616) for 1 mile and there is a right hand turn signed Langwith IGNORE THIS. Stay on A616 for approx ¾ mile. Turn right (Park Lane). Follow road for approx ½ mile. Turn left (Cockshut Lane). Follow road for approx 1½ mile. Turn right (A632). Follow road approx ¾. Turn right (Whaley Road). Pass under railway bridge. Follow road approx 1½ miles into Whaley.
From Mansfield follow A60 to Cuckney, then A616 towards Sheffield. After passing houses in Cuckney follow road for approx 1 mile. Turn left (Park Lane). Follow road for approx ½ mile. Turn left (Cockshut Lane). Follow road for approx 1½ miles. Turn right (A632). Follow road approx ¾ mile. Turn right (Whaley Road). Pass under railway bridge. Follow road approx 1½ miles into Whaley.
Take A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632 signposted Bolsover). Pass Royal Hospital (on left), follow road through Calow, past Arkwright Town, up hill, over M1 motorway, past Coalite (on left) and into Bolsover. Continue on A632 through Bolsover and Hillstown. At traffic lights at end of road turn left and immediately right (staggered crossroads - still A632). After approx 1 mile road narrows and becomes winding country road (still A632). At T-junction (after bad right hand bend) turn left (A632). Just after traffic lights turn left (Whaley Road). Pass under railway bridge. Follow road approx 1½ miles into Whaley.
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