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Pleasley and the Five Pits Trail

 Route type

 walk/cycle (circular)

 Distance

 22 miles

 Surface and gradients

 mixed surfaces and some steep gradients

 Cycle hire

 no

 On bus routes

 yes - plan a journey

On road sections

 yes

 Starting point

 Teversal Trail visitors centre, Carnarvon Street

 OS map number

 Explorer 269

This route winds between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It makes use of the newly extended and linked Teversal and Five Pits Trails. You'll be rewarded by some great views and the chance to see some beautiful hidden places in an often overlooked and forgotten part of the two counties.

Directions

  1. Follow the Teversal Trail, beautiful in it's own right, and passing through some lovely countryside, north east for three or four miles before reaching Longhenge Lane running up the western side of Pleaseley Pit Country Park.

  2. Follow this north west for a few minutes, heading slightly uphill, until you come to a concessionary bridlepath on your left (it's only marked as a footpath on the OS map). You pop out on a quiet country lane (Dale Lane). Go straight ahead, then right, then left at a junction signposted to Ault Hucknall. Then there comes a couple of miles of what I call "My kinda cycling", i.e. beautiful countryside and downhill! You'll get a glimpse of Hardwick Hall (ignore the bridlepath to it), pass the ancient church at Ault Hucknall and after a very steep descent, you'll pass Stainsby Mill and under the M1. Turn left and almost immediately right. towards Stainsby Village.

  3. The next bit is steep but bearable, passing through Stainsby Village, travelling along Hawking Lane/Out Lane you will come to a bridleway on the right, about a hundred metres before the B6039. Go along the bridleway, heading slightly downhill, until you come to a public footpath/concessionary brideway which crosses the bridleway. Go left through trees for a couple of hundred metres, until you come to the main five pits trail. Go left (south) and follow the trail for the next four or five miles.

  4. Although it's built on old railway lines, it's surprisingly undulating, but take your time and take in the scenery you can see as far as Crich Stand. Pass over the B6014 in Tibshelf village, and continue down to Tibshelf ponds. And now for the tricky bit.....Just beyond the ponds is an old railway line, which on most maps is still shown as having tracks still in place. Well, it hasn't any more, although a complete lack of signage at the time of writing (summer 2007) may make it a bit tricky to find, but please persevere! Instead of rusting railway lines, you'll find the southern end of the newly extended Teversal Trail.

  5. Follow this great bit of track north east and gradually uphill for about three miles. Ignore a branch to the right which leads to Brierly Forest Park (well worth a look, but not today, thank you madam) until you arrive back at your start point at the visitors centre.

Please note:

This cycle route includes both off and on-road sections, please remember to take extra care when cycling on-road.

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