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Explore Oxclose Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Surfaced paths are suitable for walkers and cyclists and waymarked trails make it easy to navigate around the site. A lovely place to walk, reflect, be creative and simply enjoy the beauty you walk among!

From the top of site you can look out over towards Hardwick Hall, Pleasley and the Derbyshire foothills, sometimes catching aglimpse of a buzzard as it wheels on the thermals.

With the aid of a pair of bincoulars on a clear day you can look across to the proud towers of Lincoln Cathderal.  

Blue Trail
  • Moderate
The blue trail takes you right around the site, and up and over it. Along the way you can expect (weather permitting) stunning views over Mansfield and the surrounding countryside.
White Trail
  • Easy
The white trail is a short trial that starts at the car park, through a mix of young and established trees and then takes you around the ponds and reed beds.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Could I ask also about some of the technical details of planting up an area of industrial contamination? Much of tip was just tailings,spoil and slurry with no humus and no doubt a high acidity/alkalinity unsuited to sustaining organic growth.Think possibly treated filter bed waste was used for this? Either way,growth is resplendent nowadays for sure.I too would like to see the former photo's of the old tip as well.Any possibility,cheers.

Woodhuslad., 29/Aug/2015

Hello, I was wondering if you could email me at so I can send a full response via email? Thanks for your patience.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Been across the old Sherwood tip today,the last time I walked cross here,it was indeed just that.Grey,unrelenting mud and spoil,and I had promised to walk across here when I had time,never seen such fantastic views,we are indeed very fortunate to have such wonderful areas for recreation in this area,Shirebrook also,the work which as been done and the value achieved to the locality is enormous.I will have to cross here again very soon.Highly impressed with these former tips and what has become of,living as I have in the shadow of them all my life,what a transformation.

Woodhuslad., 27/Aug/2015

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Last updated: 16th May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • Trail (easy)
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Cycling
  • The site is suitable for cyclists and ties into birdleways for exploring the wider countryside.
  • Dogs
  • Please be a responsible dog owner.
  • Information
  • There is an in formation panel next to the station car park entrance.
  • Picnic
  • Enjoy a picnic by the pond.
  • Walking
  • Oxclose Wood was once a site of colliery spoil, now transformed into a community woodland. The coal from this region was not as easy to mine as it was around the Chesterfield area, meaning that deep shafts had to be sunk. Such a process produced a lot of waste material, or "gangue" which grew into the sizeable spoil heaps that were commonly seen around the area. This means there are plenty of climbs to be had here or go for a more gentle wander round the bottom of the heap.
  • Viewpoint
  • The highest point of site boasts views of Hardwick Hall, Pleasley and the foothills of Derbyshire. With a pair of binoculars, on a clear day, the proud towers of Lincolnshire Cathedral can also be spotted.
  • Wildlife
  • A whole host of wildlife can be seen in and around Oxclose Wood.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK535633

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