Walking routes in Scotland
Sutton Manor Colliery Dream Walk
The route narrates the story of Sutton Manor Colliery (St Helen’s last colliery) which opened in 1906, and closed in May 1991. The surface buildings were demolished in 1992, leaving the main gates standing, and in 2001 the brownfield site was leased to the Forestry Commission, who transformed it into woodland planting more than 50,000 new trees which now forms part of the Bold Forest Park.
At the summit of the spoil heap sits the Dream sculpture over 200 feet above sea level with some views across to the Pennines, Clwydian hills and on a clear day Snowdonia created by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa as part of the Channel 4 Big Art project.
The walk is being designed and created by former miner at Sutton Manor Jim Housley and the North West Miners’ Heritage Association.
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 will be designed and created in collaboration with 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).
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