Walking for Health

Walking can help with your general health, improve your fitness, help you to 'de-stress' and is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support's Walking for Health website has lots of information if you're interested in walking your way to health.

Slow ways

The slow ways project is the creation of a network of walking routes that connect all cities, towns and villages in the UK.

This is a collaborative, creative and positive project borne out of the Covid-19 Crisis. Walking can improve health and wellbeing, tackle climate and ecological emergencies, save people money and bring joy to people's lives.

The project aims to create a comprehensive network to help people walk off-road between all UK towns and villages. They need people to walk, test and review all of the slow ways routes.

Planning Your Route - groups and walks

You can walk on all rights of way, footpaths, bridleways, byways and restricted byways as well as on open access land. These are all shown on Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps.

Some areas of farmland are open to walkers through a Defra / Natural England scheme called Countrywalks. You can search for routes in Nottinghamshire on their website.

If you think walking sounds like your thing, then there are many walking groups in and around Newark and Sherwood:

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Besthorpe Bummelers

Walk with the Besthorphe Bummelers to improve your physical and mental health. Their Walking for Health leader led walks are suitable for complete novices to regular walkers.
Suitable footwear is a MUST as rural footpaths are used. The walks last up to 60 minutes although you can stop at any time to suit you. Join the group for a tea and coffee at the end.
Walks begin at 10am every Tuesday
Starts from the car park at Old School Lane, Besthorpe, NG33 7GZ
Call Karen on 07976 433 988 or email besthorpebummelers@gmail.com or just turn up on the day

Southwell Ramblers

Southwell Ramblers run frequent walks in locations throughout North Nottinghamshire including along the River Trent, around Southwell and the surrounding towns and villages, in local country parks and nature reserves. 

They welcome new members and to find out more please visit their website or call Dave on 01636 814277.

Barnbygate Strollers

This group meets Wednesdays at 10am at various locations around Newark. It also meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

All walks are free and there’s no need to book.

Everyone is welcome and all walks are ideal for beginners, a gentle 1.5 mile walk around Sconce and Devon Park. Please wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing.

Contact Barrington Randle: 01636 617 677

Southwell Strollers

Meet at the Southwell Methodist Church car park NG25 0JH (behind the Saracens Head Hotel) on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am. We walk about 2.5 – 3.0 miles and finish with tea / coffee in a local café.

For more information contact Stephen Dando on 01636 815363

Pushabout Clumber

The Clumber push-about is a 2 mile mum friendly walk through Clumber Park. 

Why not join us at 10:00am at the Clocktower with your little one. The route we will take will, be suitable for prams and pushchairs and will take around an hour. Various dates throughout the year.

Visit the Clumber Park website for more information.

Trent Vale Walks

Trent vale have developed some walks and further information on these can be found on the Trent Vale Walks website. These walks will take you through historic villages, woodland, farmland and wetland. This is one way to truly uncover some of Trent Vale's fascinating past and present.

Boughton Brake 

Discover Boughton Brake! Try one of the four orienteering routes created by the Friends of Boughton Brake and discover this lovely Forest England site on the outskirts of Boughton.

The very easy route is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies in good weather.

You will need

  • Suitable clothing and footwear
  • A pen to pencil to record letters on posts
  • An optional compass to help keep the map facing the right way
  • Boughton Brake Orienteering Course (PDF File, 934kb)

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