HISTORICAL WALK THROUGH BARLBOROUGH

 "Queen of the Villages"

SHEFFIELD & ROTHERHAM INDEPENDENT 1830

EXTRACTS FROM A BOOK BY JOHN THOMAS

Local Walk Leaflets



Available from the Heritage & Resource Centre

1st Barlborough Walk  'Fox and Magpie' Heritage Trail







This leaflet guides you around the many interesting features that can be seen on route. It also tries to highlight for the walker the diversity of flora and fauna that can be seen.




Blackbirds, Bluetits, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Robins are to be seen on all sections of the walk, along with a range of small mammals including Stoats, Weasels and Squirrels. Red Admiral and Tortoiseshell Butterflies can be seen.



As the walker moves past dams, through quiet woodland and peaceful meadows, towards the bustle of the motorway, it is possible to identify many species of trees and flowers including White Campion, Lady's Smock, Foxgloves and Poppies as well as the more common meadow flowers.


We have picked out for you some of the more interesting species of flora and fauna that have been spotted along the route and these have been marked on the map inside the leaflet, indicating where they have been seen.


Approx Distance: 3 Miles



2nd Barlborough Walk 'Millennium Walk' Heritage Trail 








The Millennium Trail begins in the heart of the village and will guide walkers around many interesting features that can be seen from the route.



Take your time to appreciate the old buildings and see if you can find the donkey carved into a stone wall in the first section of the walk heading east out of the village.



The leaflet identifies some of the wide diversity of flora and fauna that can be seen as you pass from the village to farmland. Some of the more interesting species that have been spotted along the trail have been marked on the map inside the leaflet, indicating where they might be seen.



Weasels, Foxes and Stoats inhabit part of the route and the walker will see many common meadow flowers in summer, such as Great Burnet,Ox Eye Daisy (Known locally as Penny Moons), and the Dog Rose. This rose is featured on the front of the leaflet.




Barlborough boasts a number of 'Watering Holes', which offer a wide range of menus for food and drink. So why not stop and take advantage of their hospitality before embarking on the Millennium Trail.




Approx Distance : 4 Miles




3rd Barlborough Walk 'The Chaffinch Trail' 







The Chaffinch Trail links the two historic villages of Barlborough and Spinkhill in the north of the county of Derbyshire. The trail begins in the village of Barlborough, formally known as 'Barleburg' and documented in the Doomsday Book 1086. The village boasts many fine buildings, which include the Norman Church of St James the Greater, Barlborough Hall, The Old Hall and the Golden Gate Memorial.




The route through the west of the village, passes along farm tracks and footpaths, over (Cogganer's Tops) and up the (Broncliffe Path) to reach Spinkhill.





The lofty village of Spinkhill was mentioned in the Pipe Roll (a tax list) in 1273, where Michael de Springhill is listed. The name 'Spink' in the Derbyshire dialet is any bird of the Finch family, especially the Chaffinch (Chaffinch Hill - Spinkhill). The Parish Church of The Immaculate Conception and Mount St mary's College overlook the village.





After leaving Spinkhill village look out for foxes and upon reaching Quarry Dam, listen for the 'laughing' call of the Green Woodpecker. If you are lucky you may see the Kingfisher flying over the Dam water. Southern Marsh Orchids can be seen growing in the meadow at the end of the trail.



The route passes several Inns, where you can rest a while and partake of refreshment.






Approx Distance : 4.6 Miles







4th Barlborough Walk 'The Miners Way'







The Miners Way walk links the three historic villages of Barlborough, Stanfree and Clowne in the District of Bolsover and County of Derbyshire.


The walk follows in the footsteps of the miners who worked at the Oxcroft Drift Mine. The leaflet is dedicated to the memory of those gallant men who spent their lives working underground to mine the 'black gold' so vital to the industrial heritage of Great Britain. We will follow the route the miners took from Barlborough to access the mine, returning via Stanfree and Clowne.


Barlborough, formerly Barleburg, 'Fort by Boar Wood' documented in the 1086 Domesday Book has many fine buildings including the Chapel, Church,Barlborough Hall, Barlborough Old Hall, The Cross and Memorial Gate. The walker will take the public footpaths and bridleways guided by the 'Miner's Lamp' walk markers.


Stanfree, saxon name Stone-Free, is a rural hamlet straddling the main Clowne to Bolsover Road within sight of the historic Bolsover Castle. It is said to be called after the 'stand free' land between two major land-owning families. Stanfree came to national prominence in the 1990's when a campaign to stop the proposed Hoodcroft Opencast Coal Site hit the headlines. The walk follows paths with views of the Peak District and Mount Pleasant where miners' cottages once stood.


Clowne, 'a place of many springs' and the site of a former Roman fortress has evolved from farming, railways and mining to the busy market town of today. The building of the Tesco and Wilkinson Stores and the innovation of a new Clowne Campus have moved the town into the millennium. As a detour from the route a visit to the Church of St John passing the village cross would interest the walker.


The return route crosses the Barlborough Golf Course, formerly the site of the Glebe Pond, known locally as 'Bricky Pond'. This land was part of the Monument Field where, it is said, in 1587 plague victims from Barlborough and Clowne were buried. On the hilside stand the former miners' cottages of Pit Row, now named West Lea, in close proximity to the site of the Barlborough No.1 Colliery.


Along the way look out for roosting little Owls, Skylarks, Coal Tits and the vivid blue of the Kingfisher. In the summer months Bee Orchids, Yellow Rattle and Coltsfoot bloom. Follow public byways to village pubs where refreshment can be enjoyed and where miners of yesteryear quenched their thirsts.



Approx Distance : 4.5 Miles





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