The Grassmoor Lagoons project, completed in 2019, has reclaimed the former Grassmoor Colliery spoil tips. The area is now a wildlife haven.
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.
You can buy refreshments in the car park at weekends and bank holidays.
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
Memorial parkland to honour those lost to COVID-19 and the work of the NHS
The first steps towards creating a lasting memorial parkland to remember and honour local people who died of COVID-19 and pay tribute to the work of the NHS have been taken with the planting of the first trees.
A ceremony was held on 8 December 2021 and Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis and Civic Chairman Councillor Jean Wharmby planted a Japanese flowering cherry tree.
The ceremonial planting was attended by multi-faith and NHS representatives and members of The Friends of Grassmoor Country Park.
The creation of the memorial parkland was agreed by the council in September 2021 and is supported by the Friends of Grassmoor Country Park.
The memorial parkland will be designed in keeping with the character of the local landscape and will feature a native wildflower meadow with an avenue of trees including wild cherry, rowan, hazel, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, oak, wych elm, willow and aspen. An avenue of oak trees has already been planted.
All the trees have been selected for their spiritual meaning and to give displays of blossom in the spring and fruit for birds and other wildlife in the summer and autumn. They'll be complemented by smaller, native shrub species.
A walkway to a memorial feature is also proposed, which will be made accessible to all.
The ceremonial tree planting marks the first phase of work to develop the memorial parkland.
Further work to install seating to provide an area for quiet contemplation overlooking the parkland as it matures would follow in the second phase of the project.
You can watch highlights of the ceremony or the full ceremony, including all the speeches, tributes and prayers.