GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Papplewick Walks

11 miles (17.5 km)

This pretty Nottinghamshire village is close to a major historical site and the woodland of Sherwood Forest. The village is also a conservation area with an ancient church, 18th century cottages and the Grade I listed Papplewick Hall. In medieval times the village was the southern gateway to Sherwood Forest.
This circular walk from the village uses a section of the Robin Hood Way to visit Newstead Abbey, Normanshill Wood, Harlow Wood, Blidworth and Ravenshead.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Robin Hood Way and follow the waymarked footpath north to Newstead Abbey passing Papplewick Hall on the way. The former Augustinianpriory is notable as the former home to Lord Byron. The house is surrounded by acres of parkland, woodland, formal gardens and lakes.
The route continues north to Normanshill Wood and Thieves Wood before turning east to pass through Harlow Wood. Here you pass along Rainworth Water and a series of ponds leading to Friar Tuck's Well.
You continue south east to Blidworth where you could take a detour from the route to visit Blidworth Woods. This route turns south west towards Ravenshead and Trumper Park. Shortly after you return to Papplewick village.


NG15 8EN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Papplewick OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Papplewick

  • Newstead Abbey - Explore the extensive parkland surrounding this former Augustinianpriory and home to Lord Byron
  • Burntstump Country Park - Explore open grassland, woodland and glade in this country park in Nottingham
  • Sherwood Pines Forest Park - Enjoy several waymarked cycling and walking trails in this large woodland area in Mansfield
  • Vicar Water Country Park - Explore 200 acres of rare heathland, mature woodland and species rich grassland in this country park near Mansfield
  • Sherwood Forest Country Park - Explore 450 acres of peaceful woodland in this famous park and Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire
  • Blidworth Woods - Explore the pine woodlands and open heath of Blidworth Woods, on this peaceful walk in Sherwood Forest.
  • 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
  • Kings Mill Reservoir - This lake in Mansfield has a nice walking trail to follow around the perimeter of the water
  • Lambley Dumbles - This walk explores the delightful Lambley Dumbles in Nottinghamshire
  • Edwinstowe - This Nottinghamshire based village sits in a pleasant spot, on the edge of Sherwood Forest near Mansfield
  • Rufford Abbey Country Park - Visit Rufford Country Park near Mansfield and explore 150 acres of historic parkland
  • Felley Priory - This walk visits the historic Felley Priory near Underwood in Nottinghamshire.
  • Moorgreen Reservoir - This short walk visits Colliers Wood Nature Reserve before following footpaths to the nearby Moorgreen Reservoir.
    The walk starts in the Colliers Wood car park just to the south of the reservoir
  • Lowdham - This picturesque Nottinghamshire village is located in a pleasant rural spot in between Nottingham and Southwell.


Head to the Griffin's Head for some post walk refreshment. The pub dates back over 300 years and includes wooden ceilings, exposed beams, a well and three open fires. They serve good quality food and have a spacious outdoor area for warmer days. You can find them on Moor Road at postcode NG15 8EN.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails on the route are ideal for dog walking. The Griffin's Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Papplewick Pumping Station is another major highlight of the area. The attraction is described as 'Britain’s finest Victorian Waterworks' and includes an interesting museum where you can learn all about this Scheduled Ancient Monument. It's located just to the south east of the village on Rigg Lane at postcode NG15 9AJ. Near here you can also visit Burntstump Country Park where you will find peaceful woodland walking trails, an ornamental pondand the Burntstump Inn.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.


Papplewick Hall and grounds - - 1889705

Papplewick Hall and grounds. The hall was completed around 1787for the Hon.Frederick Montagu, and is probably the work of William Lindley of Doncaster. The Gradfe I listed house and grounds are privately owned.

Mill pond near Papplewick - - 1651777

Mill pond near Papplewick. Looking south from the public footpath to a small pond on the River Leen which is now used for private fishing.

Main Street, Papplewick - - 1829235

Main Street, Papplewick

Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire (geograph 2838829)

Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Footpath, Normanshill Wood - - 1413942

Footpath, Normanshill Wood. Part of Thieves' Wood, an ancient woodland which trees were reputedly used in the construction of Nottingham Castle.

Blidworth Village - - 62975

Blidworth Village

Robin Hood Way (bridleway) - - 1761753

Robin Hood Way (bridleway)

Swans on Upper Lake - - 1561150

Swans on Upper Lake, Newstead Abbey. Looking north across the lake at dusk. On the opposite bank is the mock fort and stable block.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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