Creswell Crags Walk
This walk takes you around this fascinating limestone gorge on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. There's a lovely waterside footpath running along Crags Lake with views of the surrounding caves and cliffs. It's a well surfaced trail taking you up close to the remarkable geological features in the park. There is an excellent visitor centre with a museum detailing the history of the caves and fissures. You can see bones of lynx, beaver and wild pig dating from the last Ice Age 9,500 years ago. There's also some fascinating Cave Art, with engravings and bas-reliefs found on the walls and ceilings of some of the caves as recently as 2013. It's a very important find as it had previously been thought that no British cave art existed.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could pick up the Robin Hood Way which runs through the park. A few miles to the north you will find the lovely Whitwell Wood which has three waymarked walking trails to try.
Just to the east of the crags you will find the lovely Welbeck Estate. Here you can follow the Robin Hood Way between the two pretty lakes and into the adjacent woodland. There's also a large deer park with resident white deer to look out for. You can reach the deer park by heading south east along the Robin Hood Way from the western end of Cresswell Crags.
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The on site Crags Edge Café is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The cafe has a lovely terrace where you can sit outside and enjoy views over the tree canopy and lush natural landscape. They have a great range of meals and snacks and are located on the sunny side of the new museum.
Creswell village is located just to the west of the site. There's lots of good options here including the Black Diamond pub. You can find the friendly pub at 172 Elmton Rd with a postcode of S80 4DY for your sat navs.
The gorge is a nice place to bring your dog for a walk so you'll probably see other owners on fine day. You are requested to keep them on leads though. The cafe mentioned above is dog friendly on the terrace and will provide water bowls and even doggy frozen yogurt. There are a number of bins dotted around the site.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles east of Cresswell and you could visit one of the highlights of the area at Clumber Park. The National Trust owned park includes miles of cycling and walking trails with woodland, lakes and gardens to explore. Near Clumber there's also Thoresby Park to visit. There's 1000 acres on the estate which includes woodland, a lake and views of the River Meden which runs through the park. There's also an interesting museum, a Victorian Courtyard and a gallery to see.
Just a few miles south there's Poulter Country Park in Nether Langwith. There's nice waymarked trails, a nature reserve and a fine viewpoint to enjoy here. You could pick up the Archaeological Way to the west of the village at Elmton and then follow it south to reach the park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks page.