Bestwood

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This walk is based within the boundaries shown below, starting and ending in the car park at the Bestwood village end of the Bestwood Country Park, which is becoming an increasingly thriving and important resource for the local community and beyond.

Bestwood, like all of the locations in this project, is continuing to go through a process of transformation following the demise of the mining industry. With many new people moving into what was always known as ‘Bestwood Pit Village’, a place that finds itself geographically out on a limb and off of the beaten track (like Newstead) it is finding itself having to work hard to hold on to a sense of identity, even as community activity, much of it centred around the Country Park, is vibrant.

With its Parkruns, Dynamo House Cafe, Winding Engine House tours and African Apostolic Church outdoor services the park has become much more than a place to walk the dog.

The African Apostolic Church hold a regular outdoor service at the park

This is a walk that will feature the voices of those who know a thing or two about trees, birds, dog walking, pagan rituals, industrial heritage, and courgette cake; and will weave its way through a variety of paths with some beautiful views. If you’re very lucky you may even see a woodpecker or a Muntjac deer (although you’ll probably need to do the walk at around 5am for that to happen).

Names of past residents carved into the bricks on Park Road.

The walk will end close to the Welfare which is now running as a pub, so hopefully people will pop in for a drink and one of Ian’s Jenga Chip Cobs. With renovation work taking place on what was the Village Hall (and which will be part of the pub) it’s fascinating to see how the old and the new might be able to find a way to co-exist.

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Simon, running the bar at The Welfare public house

We’ll be adding information here about events in this area, as well as how the work is shaping up and ways in which you can help soon.  So please do keep checking in.