Brinsley - The Headstock Site
w/e 12 September 2021

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


There's a small car park at a bend on the Eastwood to Brinsley road that gives access along a former railway line to the Headstocks site. Where the lines split to go their separate ways,left to Brinsley at the gate and right to Underwwod, is an interpretation board which includes a picture of a carved tree.
Brinsley Line

At the gate we took the left hand path along the route of the former railway into the Brinsley Colliery site.


There were once many coal mines in the area and all have now gone. Brinsley Colliery operated from 1872 until 1934 and provided access to other pits until 1970 when all the buildings were demolished and the twin headstocks moved to a museum. In 1991 they were returned to the site and re-erected on what is now the Brinsley Headstocks Nature Reserve and Heritage Site.
For more information I recommend you visit the Friends of Brinsley Headstocks website.
Carved Tree

The carved tree seen on the interpretation board stands close to the headstocks.
Picnic Area

Also nearby on a hillside is a picnic area.

And leading down from the headstocks is a flight of steps to Brinsley Brook.
First Bridge

At the bottom of the steps is a footbridge over the brook.
Brinsley Brook

We didn't cross the bridge but turned left to follow the path in the shade of the trees for a little way.
Second Bridge

We did cross this one and walked up the other side of the valley passing an area in the site known as Long Meadow to reach the route of the other railway line through the site.
Underwood Line

The line we had followed into the Headstocks Site originally served the colliery and this one we had now reached was originally to serve the nearby Underwood and Willeylane Collieries. Turning right we followed the path back to the car park. Local author D. H. Lawrence's father worked at the Brinsley Colliery and many of Lawrence's novels are set in the mining community which he called the "Country of my heart".

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