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Poolsbrook Country Park

Poolsbrook Country Park

Pools Brook, at 165 acres, is Chesterfield's largest park. It offers something for everybody, with miles of trails, extensive woodland plantations, meadows, lakes, children's play areas and wildlife habitats.

Poolsbrook Country Park

The park lies to the east of Chesterfield, between Poolsbrook and Staveley, with the main entrance being off Erin Road (S43 3WL). It is easily accessible from junction 29A of the M1 or from the A619 Chesterfield to Worksop Road.

The park is open to pedestrians 24 hours a day all year round and closes at dusk to vehicles.

The Coffee Stop Café in the pavilion, serves hot and cold drinks and food. The cafe is usually open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm with extended opening hours during school holidays.

There are adequate public conveniences (open daily). 

Park facilities

  • children's play areas
  • 85-pitch touring caravan site
  • visitor centre
  • community café
  • public toilets
  • cycle trails
  • horse trails
  • angling lakes
  • orienteering route
  • picnic tables
  • free parking for over 100 cars

Walkers and cyclists are welcome to use the extensive networks of trails and horse riding is permitted on certain way-marked routes.

The park links to the Trans Pennine Trail, allowing visitors to access the wider countryside.


Pools Brook Country park is host to various events and activities all year round.

For more information visit our online events calendar.

Habitats and Wildlife

Pools Brook Country Park is a SINC and is a very important site locally for biodiversity.

The site is a mosaic of habitats for wildlife including wildflower hay meadows, species-rich hedgerows, semi-natural woodland and new woodland plantations, wet grassland, scrub, lakes and brook. These are managed for the benefit of wildlife through funding provided by Natural England's Environmental Stewardship schemes

Plants to note

  • Ragged Robin
  • Cowslip
  • Red Campion Orchids 

Animals to note

  • Water vole
  • Pink footed goose
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Red-Legged Partridge
  • Grass snakes

Management plan

Poolsbrook Country Park Management Plan 2012–2016 (pdf 1.4 MB)

Get involved

Why not join in with the Friends of Pools Brook Country Park group who are active in running the café and helping make the park an excellent place to visit. The council and the Friends of Poolsbrook Country Park are currently developing the park with a view to achieving the coveted Green Flag award in the near future.

Or perhaps become a member of the Angling Club.

Find out more – history of the park

Poolsbrook Country Park was created from the former Erin Colliery site in the 1990s.
The park was reclaimed from colliery spoil heaps which were left behind from the now closed Ireland Pit.

Last updated on 02 September 2017