AboutPilsley is surrounded by pretty Derbyshire countryside, which can come as a surprise when you learn that this was a colliery village. The mine at Pilsley was sunk in the 19th Century, along with coal mines nearby at Tibshelf, Holmewood, Williamthorpe and Grassmoor. The Great Central Railway Company opened a line to serve all five of these mines.
Pilsley Colliery closed in 1957 and, by 1970, all the other local pits had gone, along with the railway line. Today, the land has been reclaimed and the Five Pits Trail links all these former pit sites along the track of the old railway line. There are several places to join the trail and one of the main points is in Pilsley.
- Dogs accepted
- Children welcome
Map & Directions
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 in to Tibshelf Road (B6039). Continue on this road for approx 1¾ miles. Turn right (Hardstoft Road). Follow road for approx 1 mile into Pilsley Village.
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. 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 right hand lane and take 3rd exit (A61 signposted Derby). Go straight on at all traffic lights (A61). Continue on A61 for approx 2 miles. At 1st and 2nd roundabouts take 2nd exit (A61). Follow road for approx 1 mile into Clay Cross. Turn left following signpost for M1 motorway to join A6175. Follow road for approx 1½ miles to North Wingfield. Turn Right in to Little Morton Road. Follow road for approx 1 mile. At crossroads go straight ahead (Rupert Street). Follow road for approx 1 mile in to Pilsley.
Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 8 miles away.