Travel the Archaeological Way and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of history through a changing limestone landscape. The underlying geology of Permian Magnesian Limestone has helped create the landscape you see today. Grasslands, farmland and woodlands are crossed by small streams which carved gorges and vales, such as Creswell Crags and Pleasley Vale. Disused railway lines and old colliery sites are transformed into trails and country parks. Shirebrook Wood, Poulter and Pleasley Pit country parks are now havens for wildlife.
What you might see
The Archaeological Way is a wildlife spotter's delight. Small mammals, insects and birds use the trails as wildlife corridors. If you're lucky you may spot a stoat or weasel hunting along the hedgerows. Listen for the call of skylarks over the meadows or the yaffle of the green woodpecker in the woodland. Look out for carpets of wild flowers. You may see cowslips, yellow rattle and wild orchids in the grasslands or smell bluebells, wood anemones and ramsons (wild garlic) through the woodlands in spring.
Art along the way
We've worked with artists and communities to develop pieces that complement and enhance the landscape. You can’t miss the large fern sculpture at Poulter Country Park, but there's also a new installation as you cross the new bridge over the A623, and a mural in Pleasley painted by students from Anthony Bek School. Why not try and find other pieces on the way?
How to find us
You can reach the Archaeological Way from the Robin Hood Line, with stations at Langwith Whaley Thorns, Shirebrook and Creswell.
If you're driving, Shirebrook town and Poulter Country Park are easily accessed off the A632 from junction 29 of the M1.
There are 2 car parks off Whaley Road between Whaley village and Langwith. The main car park is at the Langwith end. There's a small car park for the country park and the Archaeological Way at the Whaley end. In Whaley village the car park off Bathurst Terrace, serves both the country park and Langwith Whaley Thorns Railway Station. In Shirebrook town there's charged parking at the railway station and parking at Kissingate Leisure Centre.