There are many fantastic trails throughout the district, some easy going low level walks, to nature reserves and woodland. There are footpaths suitable for all ages and abilities with breathtaking views to be had. When visiting our area don't forget to snap the countryside, public houses and other features which can be sent to us to share on our social media accounts using the hashtag #bolsoverdc
For a comprehensive trails listing in the area and throughout Derbyshire please visit the Peak District and Derbyshire website. The trails allow you to explore the countryside by foot, bicycle or horse, with many of them following disused railway lines, so providing easy walking and riding, and offering access for all ages and abilities. The following locations offer trails for horseriding and walking:
Five Pits Trail provides an off-road surfaced route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is a 5 and a half mile linear route linking Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds, passing mainly through agricultural and woodland landscapes. The trail can be extended to 7 and a half miles, by following the route through to Williamthorpe Ponds and Holmewood Woodlands. The Five Pits Trail was completed by us in 1989. It was based upon a Great Central Railway route which served the five main collieries of Grassmoor, Williamthorpe, Holmewood, Pilsley and Tibshelf. The landscape is now undulating throughout with a number of long steep slopes. Trail entrances are considered to be accessible for disabled people but surface conditions and some steep slopes may limit people's access to some sections.
Blackwell Trail is a short 1.5 mile stretch of multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The Blackwell Trail is part of the Phoenix Greenways which are a network of trails that run through Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This short trail has footpath links to Brierley Forest Park and nearby Blackwell Village.
Glapwell Countryside Site was reclaimed in the 1980s and now boasts a range of facilities. These include: Stockley ponds, angling with disabled pegs, access to the Doe Lea Local Nature Reserve and the southern end of the Stockley Trail, and woodlands.
Newton Link is located on the edge of the village of Newton and is an area of open grassland. There is a surfaced path from the road for part of the route, the remainder is a mown grass path. This is a popular local route and is a short distance from Tibshelf Ponds at the south end of the Five Pits Trail.
Peter Fidler Reserve is situated alongside the Stockley Trail at Carr Vale, on the former Bolsover Colliery South Tip. The site contains a variety of wildlife habitats which can be visited and offers good views of the adjacent Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Carr Vale Nature Reserve. The site has been dedicated to the memory of Peter Fidler who was born in 1769 at Mill Farm, next to the former colliery site. Peter Fidler was a famous North American explorer and chief surveyor of the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. A commemorative stone cairn on the reserve is similar to his memorial at Dauphin in Canada.
Pinxton Canal Path is a footpath along an in-filled stretch of the Pinxton branch of the Cromford Canal. A footpath that runs along the in-filled Pinxton branch of the Cromford Canal from near Codnor Park Reservoir at Ironville to north of Main Road at Pye Bridge. A former iron works pond adjacent to the path near Pye Bridge has been restored and is a Local Wildlife Site for its aquatic interests. When the opencast coal site to the north of Pye Bridge is restored there will be paths linking through to the original terminus of the branch at Pinxton Wharf.
Rowthorne and Pleasley Trails run through both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and are relics of the area's industrial past, being remnants of railway lines that served the coal mining activities of the region. Now reclaimed by human activity and natural regeneration, the trails offer opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. The trails pass through Local Nature Reserve (LNR) habitats of great wildlife value, such as mature Oak and Ash woodlands, wildflower meadows, limestone grassland terraces and pools and wetlands.
Rowthorne Trail can be accessed via Rowthorne Lane at the northern end of the trail. At the southern end the trail links into the Pleasley/Teversal Trails network at Batley Lane, where there are steps and a steep ramp down to the road. The trails are pedestrian access only, unsurfaced in places, with some steep slopes and steps. The steep embankments of this disused railway provide excellent habitats for a wide range of limestone loving plants, whilst some areas are developing as Oak woodland. Wetter areas at the foot of the embankment and a small streamside meadow provide valuable habitats for plants, grass snakes, butterflies and moths.
Stockley Trail is a two mile multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail runs parallel to the River Doe Lea from Carr Vale, near Bolsover to Glapwell. A car park is situated off the A632 at the bottom of Bolsover Hill. At Stockley Ponds, off the A617 by Ma Hubbards public house, there is fishing (Glapwell Angling Club) and countryside walks on the former Glapwell colliery site.
Tibshelf Ponds provide several opportunities for short walks around the ponds, through the extensive wildflower rich meadows and woodlands. A number of access routes have been created to allow you to explore the woods. The predominately Oak and Silver Birch woodlands throughout the site have matured well and now provide good habitat for a variety of birds including several members of the finch and tit families. These woodlands are now undergoing woodland management which includes thinning and coppicing.