SK4964 : Pleasley Colliery - Mute Swans

taken 11 years ago, near to Pleasley, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Pleasley Colliery - Mute Swans
Pleasley Colliery - Mute Swans
The area around the pit has been landscaped to provide large expansive leisure area. There are lakes, railway cuttings and woods as well as open areas. One can walk for miles along the ex colliery lines, there are several in the area.
Pleasley Trails

The Pleasley Colliery site is the centre of a major leisure development including landscaping of the former pit spoil heap as an important nature and walking area, and creation of a network of trails largely using former railway alignments. The railways involved were the competing local branches of the Midland and Great Northern Railways. They appear to be typical of the lines which disappeared under the Beeching reforms, but in fact had a very different history. Both lines lost their passenger services early - in 1930 and 1931 respectively, but then remained open to a greater or lesser extent until the end of coal production in the region in the 1980s. The southerly of the two lines (GNR) now supports the Skegby Trail between Pleasley, Skegby and Sutton-in-Ashfield. The northerly (MR) splits to form the relatively short Rowthorne Trail and the longer Teversal Trail which itself links to further old railway trails towards Alfreton and Chesterfield. Interesting, neither the Skegby nor Teversal Trails have formal right-of way status, although the Rowthorne Trail does. The former are mainly in Nottinghamshire, while the latter is in Derbyshire.

Pleasley Colliery

Pleasley colliery is a preserved coal mine of the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire concealed coalfield. It lies roughly two miles east of the exposed coalfield.
A history can be found here LinkExternal link.

On site are two steam winders Link Link two headstocks Link as well as other mining items Link. The site is still under restoration and there is an open day every September.
The area around the colliery has been landscaped providing rich limestone grasslands, lakes and woodlands.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 February, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 February, 2011
Swans   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 498 643 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:10.4467N 1:15.3307W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 497 641
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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