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Park & Open Spaces

We have 80 acres of open space and we ensure these are attractive and well kept for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors. These open spaces provide a wide range of opportunities for local residents and visitors. Our Public Open Space Policy (84kb) aims to guide and inform the provision, enhancement and protection of public open space for the benefit of everyone who lives in, works in, or visits Bolsover District.

So if you fancy a short walk, let your children enjoy themselves on our playgrounds or a picnic in one of our country parks then you have come to the right place. The responsibility, management and owenership of these play areas and open spaces can fall to either us or a Parish/Town Council.


Growing your own food can be good exercise and could save you money. It can also provide you with a healthy supply of fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. It's easy to get started and there are lots of places you can grow plants, even if you don't have a garden.

Why grow your own?

More and more people are getting into the habit of growing their own fruit and vegetables, for many different reasons:

  • it could save you money on expensive items like salad leaves
  • gardening is a cheap form of exercise and a great way to burn calories and get some fresh air
  • it helps children understand where food comes from, and could encourage more interest in eating fresh fruit and vegetables
  • growing your own can help you get your five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables
  • you'll become more aware of what's in season, so you may find it easier to choose seasonal food when you go shopping (seasonal food is likely to need less energy to produce)
  • gardening can be a sociable activity which involves you in your local community
  • it can help to reduce stress and can give you a sense of achievement.

We have 8 allotments which we own:

  1. Waterloo Street, Bramley Vale
  2. King Street, Clowne
  3. Portland Avenue, Creswell
  4. Whaley Common, Langwith
  5. Burlington Avenue, Langwith Junction
  6. Hill Crest, Shirebrook
  7. Moorfield Lane, Whaley Thorns
  8. Bakestonemoor, Whitwell

The Parish/Town Council's also have a number of allotments that they rent out. To apply for a tenancy agreement, please contact the relevant Parish Clerk.

Country Parks

Country parks offer a place for people to enjoy the great outdoors in a pleasant and natural environment. So if you want to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a picnic with the family, why not check out our Country Parks:

There are also a variety of other Country Parks in Derbyshire for you to explore and enjoy.

Pleasley Pit Country Park

Pleasley Pit Country Park as its name suggests, is a reclaimed colliery site. It now offers opportunities for nature lovers to see record numbers of different species. The park contains a wide variety of habitats including wetland, grassland, plantations and open water.

A bird hide overlooks the large pond and is available for visitors to use. Birds you may see on your visit include Mute Swans, Mallards, Moorhens, Coots and a variety of waders.

Several smaller ponds provide an ideal habitat for dragonflies and damselflies and a record 18 species of dragonfly have been recorded. The magnesium limestone grasslands support several orchid species including Bee orchid and Common spotted orchid.

A regular programme of guided walks looking at wildlife in the park is organised by the Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group. Much of the country park is on level ground with surfaced tracks for easier access. The park links to Rowthorne and Pleasley trails suitable for walking, cycling and horseriding.

In dramatic contrast to the country park you will see the remaining pit buildings which are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). There is currently only footpath access from Pit lane, Chesterfield Road, Pleasley Trails network and Long Hedge Lane Bridleway and off the A617 Chesterfield Road opposite New Houghton village.

Poulter Country Park

Visitors to Poulter Country Park can enjoy well surfaced limestone paths that meander through maturing plantations and wildflower meadows. Skylarks and Sparrowhawk are often spotted here and if you are lucky you may see the Wellback Honey Buzzard.

There are two waymarked trails around the park. One takes you up to the viewpoint from where you can enjoy views across the surrounding countryside to Creswell, Langwith, Clowne and on a clear day over the Wellbeck estate to Lincoln Cathedral. 

The second path takes you down to the nature reserve area with its small fields that are full of cowslips in the spring.

Adjacent to the main Whaley Road car park are two ponds that attract many species of dragonfly, including the Emperor dragonfly and Black-tailed Skimmer. The park is easily accessible by train from the Robin Hood Line and links to the Archaeological Way and the Meden Valley Walks.

There are two car parks off Whaley Road between Whaley village and Langwith. The main car park is at the Langwith end and there is a small car park for the Country Park and the Archaeological Way at the Whaley end.


FWe have a number of ponds in the District where you can go and fish. These are listed below:


Footpaths and Rights of Way are dealt with by Derbyshire County Council. They are legally obliged to protect and assert your rights to use the Rights of Way Network and to update the Definitive Map and Statement (the legal record of Rights of Way for the county). 

They deal with disputed routes, obstructions to paths, signing paths from roads, path maintenance, path structures (bridges, gates and stiles) and promoting the use of the network.

Golf Courses

Whether you are a novice or professional, Bolsover District offers two superb golf courses at Barlborough Links and Bondhay near Whitwell, with both courses presenting an exciting golfing challenge.
Bondhay Golf Club's two courses feature spectacular design architecture and provide a challenge for players of all handicaps. The 18-hole course is described as the only true championship standard course in the region. The 6871 yard, par 72 course dominates the surrounding countryside, offering a formidable round of golf with water hazards coming into play on 4 holes.

The 9-hole academy par 3 course is perfect for beginners, experienced players honing their skills or for those who don't have time to complete a full round on the main course.

Bookings can be made up to 5 days in advance for visitors, or at any time for groups of 8 or more. To reserve a tee time, or for more information on our special offers please contact the course on 01909 723608 or visit their website
Barlborough Links Golf Course is a superb nine hole course with an eighteen bay floodlit driving range. Telephone 01246 813111 or 01246 813411 for more information or to book a tee time.

Recreation & Playgrounds

We see recreationa nd playgrounds as a fundamental part of developing a child's health and well-being and critical to their development and learning. That's why we aim to provide high quality and diverse play areas for all children and young people to enjoy and play in a safe and secure environment.

We own and maintain the following play areas across the District:

  • Houfton Road Recreation Ground, Bolsover
  • Laburnum Close, Bolsover
  • Crich View , Bolsover
  • New Bolsover Model Village, Bolsover
  • Heritage Drive, Clowne
  • The Src, High Street, Clowne
  • Model Village, Creswell
  • King Street, Hodthorpe
  • Sherwood Drive, Model Village, Shirebrook
  • Broadmeadows, South Normanton
  • Staffa Drive, Tibshelf
  • Poppy Gardens, Tibshelf
  • Sough Road, South Normanton
  • Bracken Ridge, Shirebrook

These play areas are inspected for faults and routine maintenance every week. If you spot a dangerous play area, then please contact us straight away so we will take steps to make sure it is made safe so we can undertake the necessary repairs.

All other playgrounds in the District will be managed by the parish or town council's.

Sports Pitches & Courts

Please see our main Sports Pitches & Courts page for more information.

Walks & Trails

Set amongst attractive countryside, the District is served by a network of accessible trails and walks. These walks meander through towns and villages incorporating disused railway tracks and public rights of way. Each trail has its own information leaflet detailing each walk and highlighting the interesting features en-route.  

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:

The Chesterfield Area Walking Festival takes place every year over a week in May. Guided walks vary in length from 1 – 36 miles with the majority being free of charge.  The 2014 festival will take place between 10-18 May 2014. Information about the festival will be available nearer the event.

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.

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