The Five Pits Trail

The Five Pits Trail provides an off-road surfaced route for walkers cyclists and horse riders. 

The Five Pits Trail is great for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. This five-and-a-half mile off-road surfaced route takes you from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds.

You can extend your route to seven and half miles by exploring the route through Williamthorpe Ponds and Holmewood Woodlands. 

There are car parks at various points along the trail  so you can plan your route to take in the full trail or a shorter route.

Steeper slopes may limit some people's access in places (look out for the slope symbol on the map), but there are no stiles or steps and you will find seats along the way to stop and rest and enjoy the views.

The trail mostly follows the route of the Great Central Railway. Since the large collieries and smaller pits along the railway closed, the landscape has changed dramatically. Parts of the land were opencast and most of the original railway line removed. 

Look out for the large site maps showing some of the heritage and wildlife along the trail.

If you fancy exploring further, why not try one of the four circular walks that loop from the trail, linking you to local towns and villages and taking in some of the striking countryside in the area.


Facilities available

Bridleway/Horseriding trail
Picnic area
Woodland with public access
Wildlife area
Easy access for all
On-site information
Cycle path