This nature reserve used to be a mineral railway line and is a great place for a quiet walk.
The Unstone Line was a mineral line, used to carry coal from the Unstone mines. You'll see the remains of railway arches and mine buildings. Although nature has now taken over you can still imagine the trucks trundling along the line.
We now manage the line as a nature reserve. In the spring the ponds by the boardwalk are alive with frogs and newts. Look out for wildflowers in the woodland and stop and listen for birdsong. What can you hear?
Woodland with public access
Between Chesterfield and Dronfield in the village of Unstone. From the B6057 in Unstone turn onto Crow Lane and look for Unstone Community Centre.
There's free parking at Unstone Community Centre, Ordnance Survey grid ref 375 773, postcode S18 4AL.