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 for free by the whole family. One thing that Covid-19 lockdowns have taught us is the value of green space and the family walk! 

Research is also mounting on the wellbeing importance of spending time outdoors, getting your daily dose of vitamin D and engaging with nature. 

The Walking for Health website has lots of helpful information if you're interested in walking your way to health.

Many local walking clubs including Barnbygate Strollers publish their walks on the website. 

Don't delay, find a local walk near you!

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.

Nottinghamshire walks and routes

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.

Nottinghamshire County Council has created six fabulous routes to explore on foot or bike with distances from 3 miles to 15 miles.

Places to visit include the Teversal Trail, Hodsock Priory, Sherwood Forest, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Newark to Aslockton and Vicar Water Country Park.

The Countryside Code

When out walking, always follow the countryside code

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

 Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires
  • Keep dogs under effective control
  • Dog poo - bag it and bin it or flick it to the hedge away from paths

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

Walking groups


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.

Town walking trails

Newark offers various circular and riverside walks including a Civil War Trail. Distances vary from 2 miles to 11 miles and each walk is available to download in PDF format.

Southwell has a number of circular walks and heritage trails to enjoy. The heritage trails are available in leaflet form and provide a guided tour of the historically significant areas in and around Southwell:

Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest offers world class routes through the National Nature Reserve and longer walking routes are available from Edwinstowe if you wish to discover the wider area.

Farnsfield - The pretty village of Farnsfield has five local walks all starting from St Michael's Church on Mainstreet.

Discover a Local Nature Reserve

Local Nature Reserves are often spaces managed for their wildlife but with the principle idea that people can easily access and go to enjoy the wildlife at these sites. We many excellent Local Nature Reserves to explore within the district.

How about a walk in the woods?

During the Covid-19 pandemic many of us have spent more time than ever exploring the great outdoors. 

We are lucky to be surrounded by so many green spaces – why not explore one our local woodlands parks.

Sherwood Pines (Sat Nav NG21 9JL) managed by Forestry England and one of the largest forests in the area. Includes walking and biking trails, play areas, toilets and café.

Sherwood Forest (Sat Nav NG21 9RN) managed by the RSPB walk through the magical ancient woodland. This unique woodland is rich in birds, insects, mammals, fungi, trees and woodland plants.

Clumber Park (Sat Nav S80 3AZ) owned by the National Trust the parkland includes miles of walking and cycling trails and is a wonderful place to take in the seasons and get closer to nature and wildlife.

Thoresby Park (Sat Nav NG22 9EP) offers parkland walks and cycling routes through beautiful Nottinghamshire Countryside. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly walks are available as well as off the beaten track routes to explore the ancient oaks and abundant wildlife.

Stapleford Woods (Sat Nav LN6 9LE) – managed by Forestry England and an ideal place for a peaceful walk. It’s easily accessed from Newark and Coddington.

Haywood Oaks and Blidworth Woods (Sat Nav  - Haywood Oaks is a small wood with hidden treasures. Mature oak trees, which are several hundred years old, can still be seen throughout the wood. Set in arable farmland, Blidworth Woods are welcome cover for a transient deer population and even adders have been seen there.

Vicar Water Country Park Clipstone (Sat Nav NG21 9AS)– first on the list is our very own country park in Clipstone featuring newly planted woodland as well as more mature trees, circular trails, great views, a children’s play area and café for take-aways.

Intake Wood (Sat Nav NG21 9EZ) also in Clipstone is next to Cavendish Park Housing Development and contains mainly Scots and Corsican Pine with some Oak and Birch too and we hope to soon to designate the wood as a Nature Reserve.

Sherwood Heath, Cockglade Wood and Rotary Wood (Sat Nav NG22 9DR) Sherwood Heath is our SSSI site and special for its acid grassland and heathland habitat. Cockglode Wood has ancient origins, being a remnant of the woodland that covered the area long before it became the Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood.Rotary Wood is the exact opposite. The native trees were planted on the restored spoil tip of Thoresby Colliery in 1998 to 1999 to celebrate the Millennium.

Farnsfield Millennium Wood (Sat Nav NG22 8FA) is super little wood managed by Farnsfield Parish Council and local volunteers. It’s full of carefully placed bird and bat boxes and other wildlife habitats and its lovely to walk explore as part of one of Farnsfield’s many circular walks.

Boughton Brake (Sat Nav NG22 9HQ) 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

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.

Long distance walks through the district

If you fancy a challenge there are a number of long distance walks that run through the district and you can walk the routes in stages.

The Robin Hood Way (107 miles)

The Robin Hood Way features areas of Nottinghamshire associated with the legendary figure of Robin Hood and his exploits, crossing lowland farmland and heathland, and visiting the great houses and parks of the Dukeries and forests, including Sherwood Forest.

It starts at Nottingham Castle and finishes at Edwinstowe Church.

The Trent Valley Way (77 miles)

The walk follows the River Trent and passes through Nottingham and Newark. It starts in Long Eatin and finishes at West Stockwith.

Little John Challenge Walk (28 miles)

The walk takes you through Edwinstowe, Warsop, Creswell, Hardwick and Ollerton and is a lovely circular route.

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