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Tibshelf

This road trip is takes you into the areas of old coal mining villages, located within the Five Pits trail designed for recreational use.

Take the B6014 from Tiversal and at the M1 roundabout take the B6025 toward Tibshelf and Westhouses. This was the old Midland Railway maintenance and storing site providing rail stock for the local colliers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, all the rail personnel were provided with houses in the old village. Tibshelf iis famous for having the first UK inland oil well site, as public access to the 6 miles long route which follows the former Great Central Railway line, which serviced Grassmoor, Williamthorpe, Holmewood, Pilsley and Tibshelf collieries. There are beautiful landscapes, woodlands, wild flower meadows and ponds.

Pilsley Celebration

Pilsley Celebrationand

Miners Statue

Miners Statue

5 pits Trail

5 pits Trail

Crich

Take the A61 then A615 and B5035 towards South Wingfield where you can see the ruins of Wingfield Manor built in 1450, the old school built in 1815 and still in use, and a 13th century church.

Continue on to Crich, where the first point of interest is The Crich Tower memorial to the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forester Regiments. You can park in the grounds for a small fee and walk around to admire the views.  Move on to Crich Tram Village which has a large car park available and there is a fee to enter but they give you a old penny to use on the tram. Go back in time walking down the period street, and watch the vintage trams rumble by. There are old style shops, tea rooms, and many old buildings and houses. displays. Take a look at the National Tram Museum and look at the displays and view the magnificent restored vintage trams.

Finally spend that penny and have a ride on the tram. Sit back and enjoy the mile long journey take in the views of the Derwent valley. In the village check out the 14th century church and a 1770 chapel.

Wingfield Manor

Wingfield Manor

Crich Tram Museum

Crich Tram Museum

Crich Stand

Crich Stand

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