GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bestwood Country Park

4 miles (7 km)

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 woodlandto 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.

Postcode

NG6 8TQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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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

Pubs/Cafes

There is an on site cafe near to the park where you can pick up some refreshments after your exercise.

Dog Walking

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 woodlandand 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.

Photos

Car park, Bestwood Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1340328

Car park, Bestwood Country Park. This car park, off Bestwood Lodge Drive, gives access to the east side of the country park and the formal gardens at Bestwood Lodge. Birch trees provide shade.

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A good view to the north-west from this path. In the Leen Valley below is Hucknall, with its by-pass on the left. Bestwood Business Park below on the right.

On the edge of Bestwood Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1340470

Edge of the park. The car park on Betwood Lodge Drive is through the trees on the other side of the road.

Footpath in Bestwood Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1340429

Woodland footpath. Once on the southern edge of the Royal hunting forest of Sherwood, Bestwood Forest was a favourite sporting venue for Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Royalty when in Nottingham. It is now a country park and extends to the reclaimed colliery site at Bestwood Village.

Path through Bestwood Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1434892

Looking south-east from near the old colliery. This park covers a square-mile and is criss-crossed with walking and riding paths. Managed by Nottingham Council, who have done a good job of landscaping the old colliery workings and tips.

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View over Bestwood Village from the park. The green field to the left was the waste of the old Colliery, the preserved winding house of which can be seen adjacent. The village was essentially a planned village built when the colliery was developed.

Small pond in Bestwood Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1436587

Looking west from the hilltop to a small pond, part of the landscaping of the park to encourage wildlife. Above the pond in the distance is the large Rolls Royce plant at Hucknall.

High-level path at Bestwood Country Park - 1 - geograph.org.uk - 1436546

High-level path at the Park. View west along the path, which snakes between two stands of woodland. The surfaced path is a designated horse-riding route.

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GPS Files

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