Next link in the Archaeological Way now open
Completion of the Archaeological Way moved a step closer recently with the opening of the link to Poulter Country Park near Whaley Thorns and Langwith.
The project is managed by the Bolsover Countryside Partnership with support from Derbyshire County Council.
When finished The Archaeological Way will be an 11-mile multi-user trail between Pleasley Pit Country Park and Creswell Crags. It is being developed for walkers, wheelchair users, pushchairs, cyclists and horse riders - where possible - to safely enjoy and explore the area. Seven miles stretching from Shirebrook to Creswell are now fully accessible.
The 315 metre link from Mag Lane in Whaley Common to Poulter Country Park has been finished at a total cost of £106,000. Funding came from The Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, Local Transport Plan, Derbyshire Reclamation Capital and Limestone Journeys legacy funding.
Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins said: "Poulter Country Park is an old colliery site that we transformed into a country park. Over the years it has matured and now includes a fascinating sculpture trail. This link to the Archaeological Way is another great development providing better access to some fascinating countryside for locals and visitors alike and bringing economic benefits to local communities through increased tourism."
David Atkinson, Estates Manager at Tarmac said: "Engaging with the communities in which we operate is something we strive to do across our business and so we are delighted to be involved with the Archaeological Way".
A new Archaeological Way leaflet will be available in the spring. There is also an app which includes information about stone-age cave paintings, warring iron-age tribes, invading romans and much more. It can be used to explore local places of interest that can be reached from the Archaeological Way and local footpaths. The app can be downloaded at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/access/greenways/archaeological_way/default.asp
General information about Derbyshire countryside and the Archaeological Way www.derbyshire.gov.uk/countryside