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:
- Pleasley Pit Country Park
- Poulter Country Park
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.