Walking routes in Scotland
Clock Face and Bold
The route tells the stories of the Clock Face and Bold Collieries which closed March 1966 and March 1985 respectively, and is the second in the series of walks created by former miner Jim Housley and the North West Miners’ Heritage Association covering the St. Helen’s area. At capacity the two sites employed around 2000 workers and mined the same seam as Sutton Manor. Bold Colliery also served the adjacent coal-fired power station which closed in 1991.
It is a circular route of around 5 miles taking in the reclaimed land on both sites, which now forms part of Bold Forest Park. The walk will also include a link to the Sutton Manor Colliery site and the Dream Sculpture. It will be live on the app around mid-October 2021.
Leicestershire Coal: 1. Desford
The walk is the first to venture out with the Scottish Coal Field and south of the border to explore the site of Desford Colliery, in the Hinckley and Bosworth District of northwest Leicestershire. The mine which was originally sunk in 1900 operated for 84 years before closure. The surface buildings along with the associated housing have been demolished and the site has been remediated and repurposed and is now public open space. The route (which is in the early stages of planning) will tell the story of the pit using ‘a before and after’ interpretation of the site together with the surviving landscape features. It has been designed and created in collaboration with Susan Woodward and the Coal Mining in Leicestershire project.
Given the strong linkages between the production of bricks and the coal industry and drawing on support from brick collector Mark Cranston of Scottish brick history.co.uk we will be exploring the possibility of incorporating sites of brick manufacturing either into the existing trails or as standalone routes.
As part of the project’s expansion into the English coalfields we are looking forward to collaborating with former miner, Jim Housley, and the Northwest Miners Heritage Association, St. Helen’s Merseyside and Dawn Sedgwick and Steve Durbidge and the Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Group (Kent Coalfield).
If you have an idea for a route, or would like to design/research your own route, or have an existing route you would like to be included on the app or you want to contribute a blog to the Coal Bunker https://thecoalbunker.stir.ac.uk/ please email Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try all the walks with our app
You can download the app for free on Android or Apple devices, or visit your mobile store and search for 'Landscape Legacies of Coal'. If you have downloaded the app and walked the routes already we would love to hear from you either use the formal feedback mechanism on the app or contact Catherine email@example.com.