Explore the heritage and wildlife along The Five Pits Trail. The Trail is an off-road route, ideal for walkers, pram pushers, cyclists and horse riders, and offers a 5.5 mile route from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds, this can be extended further to 7.5 miles by continuing the route through Williamthorpe Ponds local Nature Reserve and Holmewood Woodlands.
Following the closure of the Great Central Railway in 1967 and the last of the Five Pits to close in 1970, the landscape has changed dramatically. Now you will find a peaceful, rolling trail with some long, steep slopes. Seats placed along the route provide a place to rest and enjoy the views. Look out for information boards with large site maps showing a slope symbol indicating the steeper climbs, along with information on the Trail’s heritage, the wildlife and biodiversity to be found along the trail.
Trail entrances are accessible for people with limited mobility but surface conditions and the steep undulating terrain may restrict some people's access to some sections.
If you’re exploring on two wheels, test yourself on the adventurous cycle route alongside the trail through the Williamthorpe local nature reserve. It’s a similar standard to a blue grade mountain bike trail and is suitable for anyone with basic off-road riding skills. It will add a little fun and adventure to your ride.