Dave's Mountain Bike
'Rail Trails' & Cycle Routes
Silverhill Trail, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border
This is my local trail, and has to be one of my favourites,. approx a 4 mile trail but is a major gateway link to other trails and footpaths best of all is just a 3 mile ride from my house. According to Sustrans, part of the Silverhill Trail (Gloves Lane, Blackwell up to the junction of the Five Pits trail and including the Five pits trail) is part of the National Cycle Network Route 67, although no NCN route numbers along the Silverhill trail or Five Pits trail which is rather strange. I have used the Silverhill trail on many occasions throughout the summer and winter, as part of my usual circuit, and also as usual I do it the hard way around, starting from Gloves Lane Blackwell end as it is only 3 miles from my house, The "All Weather" trail is very good, and very wide, best of all links with quite a few other trails as stated earlier. have been using the trail over the winter period (Dec 2008 - March 2009) and is very easy riding on the surface and quite firm, a few soft patches but nothing to worry about.
Silverhill Trail and
This is a fully interactive map, move around and follow the Silverhill Trail, also zoom in or out
Newton & Tibshelf. Tibshelf & Newton access meet up at the Silverhill trail at the same point. Newton has 2 minor trail access points (No Car parks) via foot paths, the newest one is opposite Smith's Scrap yard (incidentally smithy's Scrap yard is the former railway station on Newton Rd, the station building's future is uncertain as the site is currently up for sale for redevelopment) although is a very steep climb up the railway embankment, the bridge over the Newton road is the Silverhill trail. The other footpath entrance is between 26-32 Main st. Newton and is sign posted, this footpath joins the Silverhill trail directly opposite the main five pits trail entrance
Tibshelf has 2 major access points via Tibshelf Ponds and the Five Pits Trail the most used point being Five pits trail, Tibshelf has a car park off Sunny bank at Tibshelf ponds/Five pits trail. Tibshelf & Newton access' meet up at the Silverhill trail at the same point, Tibshelf being north side of the Silverhill trail (on your left if coming from Blackwell on the Silverhill trail) and Newton on the south side of the Silverhill trail. Continuing on along the Silverhill trail you will soon come to and pass under a very tall bridge almost like a viaduct running over the top of the trail in which Newton wood lane runs over it. Very shortly after you will also pass under the M1 motorway.
Woodend inn, nr Huthwaite A few minutes after passing under the M1 you will come to a railway signals just before a bridge running over the trail, the bridge is Chesterfield road nr Huthwaite and the Woodend inn next to this bridge, although the inn is not visible from the trail the minor access point is here up the steep footpath on the embankment to Chesterfield road. The Railway signals are significant to the fact that they mark the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and I seem to recall it being the halfway mark of the trail, and is the highest point of the trail, generally from this point it is more or less down hill to Teversal.
Brierley Forest Link This is also one of the major access points of the trail, entering Nottinghamshire on the trail you will soon come to a big fork in the trail, the left fork carries on along the Silverhill trail and the right fork is the Brierley Forest link trail taking you to Stanton hill and backend of the Brierley Forest park at Huthwaite.
Tibshelf Wharf, (nr Teversal) Shortly after the Brierley link fork is a track leading off to your left to a public bridleway to Wild Hill at Tibshelf Wharf, nr Teversal.
Teversal Manor. As you approach Teversal you will ride on a bridge taking you over the top of Fackley Rd in Teversal, Fackley Rd has a major access point onto the Silverhill trail at the point know as Teversal Manor on the trail.
Teversal Visitors Centre As the Silverhill trail comes to an end at Teversal it goes off in a number of directions at a staggered crossroads part of the trail... you can either......
Turn left takes you onto a short steep footpath to Pleasley Rd Teversal,
or, turn right and immediately turn left (in effect straight on) takes you to the last remaining 100 yards of the Silverhill trail where it then forks off. left fork onto the Silverhill woods on the site of the Silverhill Pit, right fork Teversal tracks to Pleasley.
or, Turn right then go through the gate in front of you, this is the Skegby link trail and immediately to your right down a short path to the Teversal Visitor Centre at Carnarvon St Teversal (off Fackley Rd)
to the Silverhill Trail.
Article from Nottinghamshire.gov.uk website - A station master who devoted 62 years of his life to Teversal Manor Station, near Sutton in Ashfield, had a memorial bench dedicated to him on the station platform by friends and family on Tuesday 28 July 2009. The unveiling of the bench took place at Teversal Manor Station Hertitage Works (formerly known as Teversal Manor Station), off Carnarvon Street in Teversal. This was during celebrations to mark the completion of improvement works to develop the Ashfield to Bolsover Trails which surround the former station. Station Master Louis Zelickman died last year aged 86. He worked at Teversal Manor Station in Sutton in Ashfield for 17 years, from 1946 to 1963 – the year it closed – and continued to live in the station master’s old station house, located nearby. After his job as station master, he continued to take a keen interest in the development of the Ashfield to Bolsover trails and development of the old station site. Attending the ceremony was his sister Olga Knight and her son Paul Knight, who both unveiled a memorial bench on a section of platform which has been recently recreated. The bench bears the inscription “In memory of Louis Zelickman – Station Master from 1946 to 1963”.
Demolition of Bridge, Winter 2008/9 (Blackwell to Five pits