Pleasley Pit Country Park and Local Nature Reserve
After our wander around Sutton Scarsdale Hall we headed over to Pleasley Pit Country Park and Local Nature Reserve, a reclaimed colliery site which is now a country park and local nature reserve.
The colliery produced coal from the 1870s until 1983, and the site still retains its headstocks, engine-houses and steam winders, one of which was installed in 1904 and the other in 1922. Since 1996 the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is in the process of being developed into a mining heritage site. The regeneration of the site has won several regional and national awards including the English Heritage Angel Awards in 2011 and the EMCBE Constructing Excellence Heritage Awards.
The nature reserve contains a wide variety of habitats including; a large pond with bird hide, smaller ponds where a record 19 species of dragonfly have been reported, shallow polls for nesting wading birds, reed beds, Magnesian limestone grassland, and fledgling plantation woodlands.
On the way home we stopped in Sutton-in-Ashfield and had a couple of halves in FireRock Brewing Co., a microbrewery and craft beer bar, where we tried their Black Rebel Club and Big Sur, as well as Tone Box Jungle (Neon Raptor Brewing Co.), Northfield Garage (Pentrich Brewing Co.), and Kellerbier (ABK).