Outdoor recreation

  • Allotments Open or Close

    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

  • Country Parks Open or Close

    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.

  • Cycling Open or Close

    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.

  • Fishing Open or Close

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

  • Footpaths and Public Rights of Way Open or Close

    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.

  • Jogging Open or Close

    Jog Derbyshire is an established network of community based jogging groups through which anyone who is new to jogging, or has not run for a long time can be guided through a series of gentle walking and jogging programmes led by a qualified Jog Leader.  There are several jogging networks already established in Bolsover District, with new groups emerging all the time.  For more information go to http://www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/jog-derbyshire

  • Parks and Recreation Grounds Open or Close

    There are many parks, playgrounds and recreation grounds throughout the district. Some are council owned, others are parish or town council owned. 

    All are free to use and have excellent facilities. The playgrounds we maintain are checked every month that they are in a good, safe condition. Please contact us if you find any problems with one of our areas.

    You can download a list of the locations of the playgrounds and maintenance responsibility.

  • Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre Open or Close

    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


  • Walking Open or Close

    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.


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Outdoor Recreation contacts

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