After leaving Shirebrook North station, the line crossed the Midland Nottingham to Worksop line (now the Robin Hood Line and passed the LD&ECR Warsop yard near Warsop Junction. These yards are still in use, currently by EWS. To the north was a branch to Warsop Main Colliery with extensive marshalling yards, now closed.
Shortly after this, in the days when the line was built, the line ran into countryside, crossing Warsop Vale, and arrived at Warsop station. These were the days before the deep mines that later appeared penetrating the limestone cap.
Between Warsop and Edwinstowe the line climbed from the valley of the River Meden, heading for that of the River Maun. This was the beginning of the area known as The Dukeries, heavily promoted in the railway's literature in the hope of attracting tourist trade.
It passed by Warsop Windmill, where the GCR were later to provide a branch to Welbeck Colliery before reaching Clipstone, which where it had been planned to build a branch to Mansfield. Instead it had built a curve into the Midland Railway line mentioned above. Sidings, however, were provided for the Duke of Portland. Further on into the Maun valley the GCR did build a junction for Mansfield Central, initially facing Lincoln, but then converted to a triangular one. Latterly this extended only to a group of collieries, all now closed.