Silverhill Wood, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 3JL
Silverhill Wood is a historically important place found on the former sites of the Silverhill and Teversal collieries, offering a mixture of rich broadleaf and conifer trees, open meadows and ponds. The site has a network of surfaced woodland trails, managed by Forestry England, with off road links to the Teversal Trail Network and further on into Derbyshire and the Five Pits Trail. The wood is ideal for hikers, cyclists, horse riders, and those who want to stop off and have a bite to eat at one of the picnic benches near the ponds.
Visitors can explore the trails on foot or bike before making their way to the summit to be rewarded with the area’s famous memorial statue of a Nottinghamshire miner known locally as Dave. The bronze sculpture is located at one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire where visitors can view former mining villages, and on a bright day marvel at Lincoln Cathedral in the distance. Birdlife in the wood includes buzzards, kestrels, skylarks, and green woodpeckers, and in the summer months look out for orchid plants and you may even come across a grass snake. There is also an orienteering course available on the site. Dogs are welcome on a lead or under close control.
Opening hours: Open during daylight hours.
How to get there
By car: Exit at Junction 28 of the M1 and take the Alfreton Road/A38.
By train: Sutton Parkway station (3.8 miles).
Parking: Silverhill Wood Car Park, Silverhill Lane, Teversal, NG17 3JJ.
Silverhill Wood is managed by Forestry England