What can I do at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre

Most of the adventurous activities are staged for the local communities and often targeted and specialist intervention programmes which are highly respected.

We can cater for almost any size of group and offers a range of adventure and team building activities including:


Kayaking  Orienteering   Raft building Abseiling Climbing Caving
Archery Bush craft  Bellboating Problem solving Mountain biking Team building

Forest schools/skills

We can offer traditional adventurous activities off the shelf, but mainly prides ourself on bespoke programmes designed around the customer needs. Such areas include:

Diversionary programmes

Corporate programmes

Health initiatives Team building programmes
Birthday parties Youth initiatives

Inclusion initiative

Have a  group of friends, family or an organisation which would like to have an activity session for themselves. Then we have sessions available to hire on Saturday afternoons (from May to September), and on evenings and mid week throughout the year.

  • From as little as £4.13 per person per hour (based on a group of eight)

If you are interested in bringing a group or coming as an individual to Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre and would like further information please contact  us on 01623 812530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for Colin Matchett (Centre Manager)

Have a Summer adventure

Looking for a Summer adventure? Then why not come down Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10am until 3pm where you can have the chance to do all sorts of activities.

Booking required, click here for more information on how to book.

  • Cost - £17 per person per day or £10 per person per for Go! Active 365 members
  • Age - for young people aged 8+
  • What do you need to bring - clothes you don't mind getting messy and wet + and complete change of clothes including shoes. A snack and a drink.
  • Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment, the centre reserves the right to refuse bookings from anyone who fails to attend a previous booking without just cause.
  • Site map


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.

 As a district council we are responsible for the diversion of footpaths, please find the application form to do so here and guidance notes.

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.

Renting an allotment can be a great way to grow your own organic produce, enjoy the open air and get regular exercise. 

We have 6 allotments which we own:

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

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.

Please note we currently do not have any plots available and have long waiting lists for our sites. For more information please call us on 01246 242424

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 district also boasts a wealth of county lanes perfect for cycling on, you could even join the local Bolsover and District Cycling Club.

Housing contacts

  • Tel: 01246 242424
  • Email: 
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