There is free car parking from Pit Lane, opposite St Albans Church, Heath Road, Holmewood.
The original 'Holme Wood' was destroyed by the development of the colliery but today you can wander through woodland and grassland. There are footpath links across a farmed landscape to Stainsby village, Stainsby Mill and Hardwick Hall. Or you can start the Astwith circular walk here: a five mile circular route visiting the villages of Astwith and Hardstoft.
If you fancy getting fit, you could try out the 'Trim Trail' - a 1 mile jogging or walking route with exercise stations along the way. It's a great way to get in shape and enjoy the countryside at the same time.
So what might you see?
- The woodlands are home for a variety of birds such as Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit and Greenfinch.
- Butterflies such as Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Common Blue enjoy the grassland areas.
- Around the pond in summer you can spot many different species of dragonflies and damselfly.
From Holmewood Woodlands the trail goes north to Williamthorpe Ponds and Grassmoor Country Park. South of Holmewood Woodlands are Locko Plantation and Tibshelf Ponds.