Poulter Country Park

Poulter Country Park

Visitors to Poulter Country Park can enjoy walking on well surfaced limestone paths that meander through maturing plantations and wildflower meadows.

How to find us

Poulter Country Park is close to the Villages of Whaley Thorns and Langwith.

It's easily accessed off the A632 from junction 29 of the M1, or why not travel by train?

Langwith Whaley Thorns station is on the Robin Hood line and is right next to the park.


There are two car parks off Whaley Road between Whaley village and Langwith.

The main car park is at the Langwith end. Recently re-surfaced, this car park also has space for horse box parking (for information about our horse box parking scheme please contact 01629 533020). 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.

More about Poulter Country Park

Follow one of two waymarked trails around the park and look out for 'Art Along the Way'. The redevelopment of the Archaeological Way has inspired some fantastic community arts projects, many of which now form a sculpture trail on the park. 

Wander up to the viewpoint where you can enjoy views across the surrounding countryside to Creswell, Langwith, and on a clear day over the Wellbeck estate to Lincoln Cathedral. Here you'll find 'Top of the World'; a piece by artist Ewan Allinson inspired by the area's stone age past.  

Look for 'Commemoration', a piece commissioned by the Langwith-Whaley Thorns Heritage Association, to remember those lost in two separate tragic accidents in the first and second world wars. 

From the park there are easy links to the new Archaeological Way and the Meden Valley Walks. The Archaeological Way leaflet is attached to this page.

What you might see

Next to the main Whaley Road car park are two ponds that attract many species of dragonfly, including the Emperor dragonfly and Black-tailed Skimmer. Look in the pond for the sculpture made by Phil Neal, a local artist, with children from Whaley School.

From the 'Top of the World' you should see or hear Skylarks through the summer months. Sparrowhawks are often spotted from here as well and if you're really lucky you may catch sight of a Buzzard soaring high above the park. 

Wander down to the nature reserve and see its small fields that are full of Cowslips in the spring.

Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailYes
  • Picnic areaNo
  • Woodland with public accessNo
  • Wildlife areaYes
  • MuseumNo
  • Light refreshmentsNo
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsNo
  • Easy access for allNo
  • On-site informationNo
  • Camping/Caravan siteNo
  • Children's play areaNo
  • GardensNo
  • Nature trailNo
  • Events areaNo
  • Cycle pathYes

Contact details

Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190

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