Derbyshire County Council
The Five Pits Trail is a distance of 5.5 miles long. Tibshelf Ponds is where it starts and it finishes at Grassmoor Park. Derbyshire County Council maintains the route. So its condition, for most of the time is good. Goo
There are steep slopes on parts of the route. Good footwear recommended. Avoid the slopes if you wish by using one of the many small car parks located along the route. However, steps and styles are non-existent from start to finish. Seats are placed strategically along the way. You can rest, often with a good view.
For those who don’t mind walking/cycling some distance, you can actually extend the walk to 7.5 miles by passing through the Williamthorpe Ponds local nature reserve and Holmewood Woodlands.
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.
The trail is great for cyclists of all abilities and if you want to try testing yourself then have a go at our adventurous cycling route. You’ll find it on the Williamthorpe Local Nature Reserve alongside the trail.
See this Brochure for more details and maps.