Bestwood Country Park
Bestwood Country Park is located on the outskirts of the city of Nottingham and consists of 650 acres of open green space. The park includes Mill Lakes, where you can follow the waterside trail and look out for the wide variety of water birds that visit the park. There are also wildflower meadows and peaceful forest trails through ancient oak woodland to enjoy.
National Cycle Route 6 runs along Mill lakes and the Robin Hood Way walking trail also runs right through the park. You could follow the trail to the nearby Burntstump Country Park for more pleasant woodland walking trails.
Following the trail west would take you to the lovely Collier's Wood Nature Reserve and Moorgreen Reservoir. The reserve is worth visiting with a large pond and good surfaced paths. The Broxtowe Country Way can then be picked up to take you to the nearby reservoir.
PostcodeNG6 8TQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Bestwood Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Bestwood Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bestwood Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There is an on site cafe near to the park where you can pick up some refreshments after your exercise.
The parkland and woodland trails are an excellent place for dog walkers so expect to see plenty of other owners on your visit. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles east of the park there's the delightful Lambley Dumbles to visit. There's much to enjoy here with steep sided valleys, streams, orchards, waterfalls, ancient woodland and lots of interesting geology and flora to see. Lambley village is also worth a visit with two fine pubs to relax in after your exercise.
The circular Papplewick Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the historic Newstead Abbey.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.