This village near Nottingham is a popular place for riverside strolls. It's located in a lovely rural spot on the River Trent just a few miles east of the city centre. With some pleasant countryside, a pretty lock and a riverside hotel for post walk refreshments its the ideal place for a scenic walk near the city.
This circular walk from the village heads to the Gunthorpe bridge, lock and weir on the river before visiting the neighbouring villages of East Bridgford and Shelford. The walk starts on the river where you can pick up the Trent Valley Way. This long distance waymarked footpath runs along the picturesque lock and weir in the village. After exploring this area you cross Gunthorpe Bridge and follow the trail south east to East Bridgford.
The route then heads south west through the countryside, passing Shelford Mill and two pockets of woodland before arriving at Shelford.
From the village you can then follow a country lane north east, past Shelford Manor before crossing the bridge and returning to Gunthorpe.
Gunthorpe Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Gunthorpe Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Gunthorpe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Gunthorpe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Unicorn hotel is in a great spot for rest and refreshment after your walk. Located on the banks of the river you can sit outside and enjoy fine views across the water. They serve very good food including particularly delicious rotisserie chicken. You can find them at postcode NG14 7FB for your sat navs.
The country and river trails make for a fine walk with your dog. The Unicorn Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you continue south along the Trent Valley Way from Shelford you could visit Radcliffe on Trent and Holme Pierrepont Country Park. The 270 acre park includes miles of cycling and walking trails taking you to several large lakes and the delightful Skylark Nature Reserve. In Radcliffe there's the the Radcliffe on Trent Cliff Walk which takes you along an elevated tree lined path above the river. The area also includes the Rockley Memorial Park where you'll find lovely gardens in a peaceful setting.
Head north east along the river and there's the attractive Fiskerton where there are several million pound properties and a fine riverside pub.
Just a few miles north west 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.
Also around Nottingham you'll find Colwick Country Park and Broxtowe Country Park where there are good walking and cycling opportunities. In the city itself you can pick up the Nottingham Circular Walk and visit the Nottingham Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.