As its name suggests, the Pleasley Pit Country Park is a reclaimed colliery site. It’s now a Local Nature Reserve with a wide variety of habitats for nature lovers to see record numbers of different species.
Dragon and damsel flies make their home around the smaller ponds on the site, while swans can be seen on the large pond. Shallow pools appeal to summer nesting wading birds and warblers nest in the reed beds. If you’re lucky, you might see grass snakes basking in the sunshine.
The grasslands bloom with wildflowers and, in late spring, you could see bee orchid and common spotted orchid. Hebridean sheep help us to manage the grasslands by grazing.
Much of the Park is on level ground with surfaced tracks for easier access.
A regular programme of guided walks looking at wildlife in the Park is organised by the Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group (www.pleasleypitnaturestudygroup.co.uk).
In dramatic contrast to the surrounding countryside, you will see the remaining pit buildings which are now a scheduled ancient monument. Visitors can view the north and south winding engines, the south shaft pit top with its tubs, cage and railway tracks in place, as well as some mining exhibits.
The North Engine has running days when visitors can see it in operation once a month from April to October. Check the website for dates.
Scroll down the page for a site map of the Park.
Admission to park free of charge
- Disabled access
- On-site catering
- Children welcome
- Guided tours for groups
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
|Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
* Park open all day every day
Winter Opening Times*:
Pit Museum Thursday 10:00 – 13:00. Sunday 10:00 – 13:30.
*Note some areas may be closed at times due to maintenance
Café open every day except Tuesday & Wednesday 9:45 until 13:00.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good5
- B9730YJpaulfChesterfield, United KingdomA special place making good use of our old industrial areasMonday, 3rd August 2020What a delight...and embarrassingly on our door step and this is the first time we visited. We have often walked around Hardwick trails and looked at the stack, but just never made it. Plenty of... Read full review
- Michael186364Sheffield, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesDidn’t get to see the parkSunday, 11th April 2021We arrived at the car park in our motorhome (height 3.09m) to find a barrier across the entrance, with a maximum height of 2.25m. There had been no notification of this at the start of the narrow car... Read full review
- 419kymwNottingham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyCar park chargesSunday, 29th May 2022I am a frequent visitor to the site but turned up yesterday (28/5/22) to find signage around the car park asking you to now pay to park in the small car park. ( A note however was attached later in... Read full review
Map & Directions
There is a dedicated public car park and good signage for the site. Car parking is for both the Country Park and for the Colliery Museum and is accessible through the main entrance at the top of Pit Lane.
From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 (Mansfield Road) towards Mansfield for approx 3¼ miles. At roundabout, select right lane and take 4th exit. Take 1st right into Pit Lane.
From East Follow A617 from Mansfield to Pleasley roundabout. Take 1st exit then first right into Pit Lane.
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. 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 A617 to M1 roundabout, select left lane and take 3rd exit (A617 towards Mansfield), then follow route from North/South.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station Mansfield (Robin Hood Line), which is 3 miles away
Pronto bus from Chesterfield town centre twice per hour