GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Nottinghamshire Walks

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Attenborough Nature Reserve4 miles (6 km)Explore over 350 acres of lakes, wetland, woodland, grassland and scrub in this popular nature reserve near Nottingham. The reserve sits at the confluence of theRiver Erewashand the River Trent and contains several large lakes which attract a wide variety of birdlife. Look out for shoveler,diving ducks and herons.
There is also an excellent nature centre with interactive educational displays and a cafe overlooking the lakes and islands of the reserve.
The reserve is right next to Attenborough train station and on the Trent Valley Way walking route, so you have the option of continuing your walk on this riverside footpath.
The Erewash Valley Trail cycle and walk trail also passes through the reserve so you could pick this up also.
Bestwood Country Park4 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 Network 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.
Burntstump Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore open grassland, woodland and glade in this country park in Nottingham. In the park you will find peaceful woodland walking trails, an ornamental pond and the Burnstump Inn where you can enjoy refreshments. The pub overlooks the cricket field so it's a nice place to relax on match days.
The Robin Hood Way long distance walking trail runs through the park so there is the option of continuing your day out with a walk through Sherwood Forest. You could follow the trail to the nearby Bestwood Country Park where you will find 650 acres of parkland and lakes.
If you head a couple of miles north west along the Robin Hood Way you will soon come to Newstead Abbey. This former Augustinianpriory was also home to Lord Byron. The house is surrounded by acres of parkland, woodland, formal gardens and lakes.
Burntstump park is located close to both Nottingham and Mansfied.
Clumber Country Park5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle around the fabulous Clumber Park in Worksop. Clumber Park contains over 3,800 acres of woodland, open heath and rolling farmland. There is also a beautiful serpentine lake and a picturesque avenue of lime trees that runs for 2 miles. Also of interest is the picture postcard Hardwick Village, the Gothic Clumber Chapel and the Walled Kitchen Garden.
The route below is devised for walkers but the park is excellent for cycling, particularly around the lake area. You can hire bikes and pick up route guides from within the park - please click here for more information. The routes are nice and safe so ideal for families. Route 6 of the National Cycle Network also passes through the park linking it to Sherwood Forest - see the Nottingham to Worksop cycle route for more information.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the Robin Hood Way north west from the park and visit the nearby Welbeck Estate. Here you'll find two pretty lakes and a large deer park with resident white deer.
Colwick Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy several miles of lovely, waterside walking and cycling in this country park in Nottingham. The park contains two large lakes, a marina, woodland and meadows. The River Trent also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the Trent Valley Way walking route. There is also an excellent visitor centre with cycle hire available.
The park is located to the south of Nottingham city centre near to Nottingham Midland Railway station.
Cotgrave Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)This lovely country park near Nottingham is the perfect place for a peaceful cycle or walk. The park includes woodland, wetland, lakes and informal grassland while the Grantham canal also runs through the park. You could continue your exercise along the Grantham Canal walk route or head a couple of miles north where you'll find the Holme Pierrepont Country Park and Colwick Country Park.
Cotgrave is located just a few miles south east of Nottingham city centre.
Cresswell Crags1 miles (1.5 km)This walk takes you around this fascinatinglimestonegorge 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 oflynx, beaver and wild pig dating from the last Ice Age 9,500 years ago.
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.
Cuckoo Way46 miles (74 km)This walk follows the Chesterfield Canal through Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire from Chesterfield to West Stockwith. You will pass 36 locks and 11 bridges as you walk along one of England's most beautiful waterways.
The walk passes Stavely, Retford and Worksop while there is also a pleasant section around the lovelyRother Valley Country Park at Killamarsh. Here you will find 5 lakes and a nature reserve which boasts the recording of over 260 different varieties of birds over the past two decades. Just south of Rother Valley Country Park you will pass the splendid Renishaw Hall. Here you will find a large country house surrounded by beautiful gardens, parkland, woodland and lakes.
Around Retford the splendid Idle Valley Nature Reserve is well worth a small detour. The huge site has miles of walking trails with several lakes and hundreds of species of wetland bird to look out for.
Erewash Canal12 miles (19 km)Follow the Erewash canal through south Derbyshire on this waterside cycling and walking route. The canal runs from Trent Lock near Long Eaton to the Langley Mill (Great Northern) basin. You can follow the towpath all the way on your bike or on foot. It's a nice easy route that runs for about 12 miles so it's a good family cycle ride or long walk. On the way you'll pass old mills, pretty locks and a number of stone bridges. The areas around Nutbrook Junction and Trowell Marsh are nature reserves where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife. There's also nice views of the River Erewash and the surrounding countryside. The canal forms part of the larger Erewash Valley Trail so it's easy to extend your exercise on this circular route.
You start off at Trent Lock on the border ofDerbyshire, LeicestershireandNottinghamshire. It's a major canal junction where several significant waterways meet including the River Soar, theTrent and Mersey Canal, theRiver Trentand the Erewash Canal. The canal then weaves its way through the town of Long Eaton to Sandiacre. You continue north toIlkeston, passing Gallows Inn, before finishing atLangley Mill at the basin of the Erewash Canal.
You can virtually follow part of the route along the canal from Trent Lock by clicking on the google street view link below.
To continue your walking in the area you can visit the lovely Attenborough Nature Reserve which is located near the start of the canal at Long Eaton. You can follow the Trent Valley Way along the River Trent to reach the reserve.
The canal also forms part of the Nutbrook Trail Cycle Route which runs up to Shipley Country Park on a dismantled railway line.
Erewash Valley Trail28 miles (45 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail explores the canals, countryside, towns and villages of south Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It's a circular route with miles of great traffic free sections so it's ideal for families or anyone looking for a safe cycle ride. Walkers can also enjoy the nice surfaced trails along the canals and through the nature reserves on this varied route.
As a circular route there are several options for a start point. This route starts at Trent Lock on the Erewash Canal just south of the town of Long Eaton. Trent Lock is a significant canal junction where the River Soar, theTrent and Mersey Canal, theRiver Trentand the Erewash Canal meet (you can virtually explore this section on the street view link below). You then follow the canal towpath north through the town of Long Eaton to Sandiacre. You continue toIlkeston, passing Gallows Inn, before coming toLangley Mill at the basin of the Erewash Canal. It's a nice section with lots of pretty locks, stone bridges and views of the River Erewash.
At Langley Mill you turn south and pick up the Nottingham Canal heading to Cossal and Trowell. The disused canal has now been declared as a nature reserve which attracts lots of dragonflies, damselflies and birdlife. The canal leads you towards Stapleford Hills and Bramcote Hills Park. The park includes a mix of woodland and parkland with a nice walled garden. You'll also pass the geologically fascinating Hemlock Stone. The stone is an outcrop ofNew Red Sandstone, deposited more than 200 million years ago in theTriassicPeriod. It's worth stopping to have a look at the plaque and stone on Stapleford Hill before continuing.
From the park you continue through Stapleford and Chilwell to the lovely Attenborough Nature Reserve. Here you'll find 350 acres of lakes, wetland, woodland, grassland and scrub with a huge variety of wildlife to look out for. The final waterside section takes you along the River Trent to Trent Lock and the finish point. Towards the end of the route you pass along the Trent Valley Way so this is a good option if you would like to continue your walking in the area.
The trail also forms part of the Nutbrook Trail Cycle Route which runs along the Erewash Canal before bearing right near Stapleford and heading up to Shipley Country Park on a dismantled railway line.
Gedling Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a series of well laid out cycling and walking trails in this 240 acre country park in Nottingham. There are four colour coded routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Features in the park include a large lake, woodland and great views over the surrounding Nottinghamshire countryside. It's also great for birdwatching - look out for short eared owls, skylarks and lapwings. The park also has food facilities with two car parks and picnic tables.
Grantham Canal32 miles (52 km)A lovely peaceful walk alongside the Grantham Canal from Grantham to Nottingham.
The walk takes you through through the glorious Vale of Belvoir and passes Woodsthorpe, Redmile, Harby, Hickling and the delightful country park at Cotgrave on the way.
Holme Pierrepont Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle in this splendid 270 acre country park in Nottingham. The park includes several large lakes and the delightful Skylark Nature Reserve. You can hire a bike or just go for a stroll along the lovely, lakeside paths. The River Trent also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the Trent Valley Way walking route. Adjacent to Holme Pierrpont is Colwick Country Park which is another option for extending your outing.
The park is the home of the National Watersports Centre so you could have a go at kayaking or windsurfing. Holme Pierrepont is located just to the south of Nottingham city centre.
Idle Valley Nature Reserve7 miles (11 km)This splendid nature reserve in Retford has several waymarked walking trails to try. There's lots to see with waterside walks along several pretty lakes and the River Idle which runs right through the site. The expansive reserve covers 450 hectares with hundreds of species of wetland birds to look out for. These include gadwall, wigeon, pochard, lapwing and redshank. There's also streams, woodland trails and lots of interesting plants and flowers to enjoy.
You can park at the car park just off the Great North Road at the southern end of the site. From here you can pick up the trails around the lake to the River Idle. There's several colour coded trails to try of varying lengths. Facilities include the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre and a childrens bronze rubbing trail.
This route is designed for walkers but there are bridleways and country lanes running through and around the site which are suitable for cyclists.
To extend your walk you can pick up the Cuckoo Way along the Chesterfield Canal. The canal towpath runs just to the south of the reserve.
Langold Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy woodland, wildlife meadows and two pretty lakes in this 300 acre country park near Worksop. The walk starts at the car park and takes you along Langold Lake and through Dyscarr Woods before returning to the start point. There's also plenty of wildlife to see with the park designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
Midshires Way225 miles (362 km)This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.
Highlights include waterside sections along the Grand Union Canal, the Peak Forest Canal and the River Ouse. There is a splendid wooded section through Salcey Forest near Northampton where you could try the Tree Top Trail. There are also terrific views of the Derbyshire Dales, and a lovely section around Fernilee Reservoir and Errwood Reservoir in the Peak District.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring two acorns.
Newstead Abbey6 miles (9 km)Explore the extensive parkland surrounding this former Augustinianpriory and home to Lord Byron.
This circular walk starts at the village of Linby and takes you to Papplewick Hall where you join the Robin Hood Way. This takes you north passing the Lower Lake before a woodland stretch through Abbey Wood. You then turn west, passing Newstead Abbey and the Upper Lake. You continue through farmland to Freckland Wood where you turn south and return to Linby.
The abbey grounds are truly beautiful with lakes, ponds, cascadesand the River Leen all major highlights. There are also a number of beautifully laid out gardens including a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Sub-Tropical Garden and a French Garden. Look out for wildlife that includes peacocks, swans and geese.
You can also tour the fascinating house which was originally founded as a monastery in the 12th century. You can find out all about the Abbey's early history by visiting the medieval cloisters, Chapter House (now the Chapel) and the collection of medieval stone carvings and manuscripts.
Lord Byron lived in the house in the early 19th century. You can view the Byron collection of objects, furniture, letters and manuscripts to gain an understanding of his time at Newstead.
If you would like to continue your walk you can head east along the Robin Hood Wayto the nearby Burntstump Country Park where you will find miles of peaceful woodland walks.
Nottingham Canal8 miles (13 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along this pretty canal in Nottingham. The route runs along the Erewash Valley Trail from Langley Mill to the outskirts of Nottingham. It's a nice flat ride which is ideal for families.
The route starts at Langley Mill and heads south to Cossal and Trowell. This area has now been declared as a nature reserve which attracts lots of dragonflies, damselflies and birdlife. On theTrowellsection are the remains of Swansea bridge, one of the original stone bridges, which was built around 1793–95. From here you can see the original stone built lock keepers cottages.
The route finishes very close to Wollaton Park where you can extend your outing. The large country park consists of an exquisite Elizabethan mansionsurrounded by acres of parkland, woodland, lakes, formal gardens and the deer park.
The video below shows the Erewash Valley Trail which includes this section along the Nottingham Canal.
Robin Hood Way107 miles (172 km)Follow in the footsteps of this legendary figure on this super walk through Sherwood Forest and the Nottinghamshire countryside. On the route:
  • Nottingham Castle and the Robin Hood statue at route start
  • Wollaton Park - located near Nottingham at the start of the route this attraction includes a deer park and Elizabethan mansion
  • A waterside section along the Nottingham canal near Trowell
  • Leen Valley Country Park - the path passes through this pretty country park located on the River Leen at Bestwood.
  • Newstead Abbey - with splendid lakes, gardens and the Augustian priory of Newstead Abbey, this is a major walk highlight. It is also the ancestral home of Lord Byron.
  • Burntstump Country Park with peaceful woodland walking trails.
  • The fascinating limestone gorge and caves at Cresswell Crags
  • Welbeck Estate - Next to Cresswell Crags you will find the estate of Welbeck Abbey. The route passes between the estate's two pretty lakes and passes the deer park with its resident white deer.
  • Bestwood Country Park with 650 acres of parkland and lakes
  • The white deer and Great Lake as you pass through Welbeck Park near Norton
  • The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park - reputed to be Robin Hood's shelter where he and his merry men slept.
Rufford Country Park3 miles (5 km)Visit Rufford Country Park near Mansfield and explore 150 acres of historic parkland. In the park you will find a medieval monastery, a craft centre, formal gardens, woodland walks, a sculpture trail and a lake.
Rufford park once formed part of a 12th century Cistercian abbey and its estate. It is now a country house estate surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland open to the public.
The Robin Hood Way Walk passes through the park so you can continue on to the nearby Sherwood Forest Country Park if you have time.
Rushcliffe Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore over 200 acres of cycling and walking trails in this popular country park near Nottingham. In the park you will find wildflower meadows, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas. There is also a 2 hectare lake where you can see mute swans, great crested grebes and various duck species. Also look out for skylarks, finches, cuckoos, kestrels, sparrow hawks, reed buntings, reed warblers and sedge warblers.
Sherwood Forest Country Park6 miles (10 km)Explore 450 acres of peaceful woodland in this famous park and Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. There are numerous cycling and walking tracks running through the park with National Cycle Network Route 6 passing through the centre of the park (see the Nottingham to Worksop Cycle Route). The Robin Hood Way Walk also passes right through the park.
In Sherwood Forest you'll pass the 800 year old Major Oak which is rumoured to be the base of Robin Hood. There are also excellent facilites with a Visitor Centre and cafe.
Sherwood Pines Forest Park5 miles (8 km)Enjoy several waymarked cycling and walking trails in this large woodland area in Mansfield. The cycle trails include a 3 mile, green graded ride which is great for families. The Adventure Cycle Trail is blue graded and runs for 6 miles - it's also a nice flat ride which is suitable for all abilities. It takes place on a superall weather limestone surface so you can try it at any time of year. For enthusiasts there is the red graded Kitchener Trail which is a much faster and more challenging ride.
Walkers can enjoy two waymarked walking trails through mature pine woodland and lowland heathland. The Dragonfly Trail runs for 1 mile and takes place on a well surfaced path. The Nightjar Trail is unsurfaced and runs for about 2 miles.
If you'd like to continue your exercise you could visit the nearby Vicar Water Country Park for more walking and cycling trails.
Southwell Trail7 miles (11 km)This traffic free cycling and walking trail links Southwell to Bilsthorpe in the Sherwood Forest area of Nottinghamshire. It's a good one for families as the path is well defined, flat and safe. It runs along a disused railway line closed in 1968.
The trail runs next to the Robin Hood Way so you could pick this up and head into Sherwood Forest to extend your outing.
Trent Valley Way77 miles (124 km)Follow the River Trent from Long Eaton in Derbyshire to West Stockwith in Nottinghamshire on this lovely waterside walk. The walk passes through Nottingham, Newark-on-Trent and a series of pretty riverside villages.
On the path you will pass the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Newark Castle, several pretty locks, watermills and historic churches.
Vicar Water Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 200 acres of rare heathland, mature woodland and species rich grassland in this country park near Mansfield. The park offers spectacular views across to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire and is home to an abundance of wildlife including herons, kingfishers, foxes, hares, tawny owls, nightjar and woodpeckers. There are also two bodies of water - Vicar Pond and Vicar Water.
Vicar Water has super footpaths and bridleways making it ideal for a short cycle or walk. National Cycle Network number 6 runs through the park so you could continue your cycle along the Nottingham to Worksop cycle route.
You could also visit the nearby Sherwood Pines Forest Park and enjoy several waymarked cycling and walking trails.
Welbeck Estate4 miles (6 km)Follow the waymarked trails through the Welbeck Estate on this easy walk on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. The Welbeck Abbey estate is located just to the south west of Worksop. You can begin your walk from the Harley Gallery car park just of the A60 in Welbeck. Just to the north of the car park you can pick up a section of the Robin Hood Way long distance footpath. If you follow it east it will take you through the estate to the lovely Shrubbery and Gouldsmeadow Lakes. The path passes between the two lakes with splendid views across the woodland and parkland of the estate.
This walk finishes at South Lodge just past the lakes but you can keep heading east through the woodland to Clumber Park. It's only a few miles away and a great way to extend your walk. Also nearby is the lovely Cresswell Crags. Here you will find a fascinatinglimestonegorge set on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. The crags are just to the west of the start point for this walk so are easy to visit at the same time. If you head up to Cresswell Crags you could then follow the Robin Hood Way south east through the Welbeck Deer Park. Here you can look out for the beautiful white deer.
Wollaton Park4 miles (6 km)This super deer park in Nottingham is ideal for a short cycle or walk in delightful surroundings. The park is located on the western edge of the city centre and consists of an exquisite Elizabethan mansionsurrounded by acres of parkland, woodland, lakes, formal gardens and the deer park.
In the splendid Wollaton Hall you will find the Nottingham Natural History Museum, with Nottingham Industrial Museumlocated in the surrounding out-buildings. In the film The Dark Knight Rises Wollaton Hall was used as Wayne Manor.
To extend your exercise you could pick up the Nottingham Canal and enjoy a cycle or walk to Langley Mill. The canal forms part of the longer circular Erewash Valley Trail which takes you on a super tour of the area on traffic free paths.

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