Our well-loved Grassmoor Country Park is about to have a significant improvement, courtesy of the Grassmoor Lagoons project.
The lagoons were formed in spoil tips at the former Grassmoor Colliery, which operated on the site from the 1840s until its closure in 1967. This project aims to turn these polluted lagoons into a recreational site for the whole community to use.
There is a free car park off Birkin Lane, between Temple Normanton and Grassmoor village (Ordnance Survey grid ref SK412 672). Horse box parking is also available here (for information about our horse box parking scheme please contact Clay Cross Countryside Centre).
Much of the country park is on level ground with surfaced tracks for easier access. Grassmoor is a good starting point for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to explore further along the trail.
What you might see
The park is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife:
- Look for the elusive water voles around the ponds and listen for the 'plop' as it drops into the water.
- You might see harmless grass snakes basking in the sun or swimming in the ponds.
- The meadows are great for butterflies and you might see a Six Spot Burnet Moth, one of many that flies in the day.
- Look above the meadows and see if you can hear Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
- If you are lucky you may also see a Kestrel hovering in the air searching for voles or field mice below.
The illustrated map attached to this page will help you find your way around the country park.
Fishing is allowed on the large pond and this is managed by Williamthorpe Angling Club. The pond is available for fishing all year round. Day tickets (£5) are available from the bailiffs.
For membership information please contact:
The Secretary John Lewis, Seanor Lane, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield. S45 8DQ