Five Pits Trail

Five Pits Trail

The Five Pits Trail is one of the multi-user, off-road, surfaced routes that make up the Phoenix Greenways.

The Five Pits Trail is great for walkers, pram pushers, cyclists and horse riders. This five-and-a-half mile off-road surfaced route takes you from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds.

You can extend your route to seven and a half miles by exploring the route through Williamthorpe Ponds local nature reserve and Holmewood Woodlands.

There are car parks at various points along the trail (see the Five Pits Trail map in the related documents section below) so you can plan your route to take in the full trail or a shorter route.

Steeper slopes may limit some people's access in places (look out for the slope symbol on the map), but there are no stiles or steps and you will find seats along the way to stop and rest and enjoy the views.

The trail mostly follows the route of the Great Central Railway. Since the large collieries and smaller pits along the railway closed, the landscape has changed dramatically. Parts of the land were opencast and most of the original railway line removed.

Look out for the large site maps showing some of the heritage and wildlife along the trail.

If you fancy exploring further, why not try one of the four circular walks that loop from the trail, linking you to local towns and villages and taking in some of the striking countryside in the area.

Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailYes
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Woodland with public accessYes
  • Wildlife areaYes
  • MuseumNo
  • Light refreshmentsNo
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsNo
  • Easy access for allYes
  • On-site informationYes
  • Camping/Caravan siteNo
  • Children's play areaNo
  • GardensNo
  • Nature trailNo
  • Events areaNo
  • Cycle pathYes

Contact details


Clay Cross Countryside Centre 01629 533020 or Call Derbyshire 08 456 058 058


Related documents

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