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|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 03 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular trail around Clumber Park, a large estate managed by the National Trust in Nottinghamshire. The route will give you chance to see many of the park’s key features including Clumber Lake, Clumber Bridge, Clumber Chapel (often referred to as the ‘Cathedral in Miniature’) and a section of Limetree Avenue (the longest double-lined avenue of lime trees in Europe). |
The route is fairly flat with no stiles or gates. There are a couple of short flights of steps and some of the paths can get a little muddy and uneven but generally the ground is very good, so the route would be suitable for a rugged pushchair. The park is generally open during daylight hours but check on the National Trust website before you visit. Dogs are welcome in Clumber Park. The park gets very busy during summer weekends and bank holidays so if you want some peace then it would be best to avoid these times. There is a cafe and toilets at the start of the walk, and more toilets half way round. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Visitor Centre within Clumber Park. The park is about 4.5 miles south east of Worksop and there are several entrances including one from Blythe Road (A614) via Limetree Avenue. There are brown tourism signs to guide you to the entrances. Once within the park follow signs for Visitor Information to park near the visitor centre. There is a fee for parking (£6 per car for the day in April 2013) and parking is free for National Trust members. Approximate post code S80 3AZ.
|Start to Lakeside|
Start point: 53.2645 lat, -1.0639 long
The walk starts within the courtyard surrounded by the visitor centre and shop in the centre of Clumber Park. With your back to the shop, walk downhill through the courtyard and pass through the gate in the bottom left-hand corner signed to the Chapel and Lake. Continue through the next courtyard, exiting through the gap in the hedge at the bottom.
|Lakeside to Boathouse|
Start point: 53.2651 lat, -1.0591 long
Turn left onto the paved path running with the lake directly to the right.
|Boathouse to Wooden Bridge|
Start point: 53.2671 lat, -1.0543 long
Turn left, keeping the railings to the right, and follow the path as it bends left to reach a T-junction. Turn right here and then keep right again to follow the path between tall planted borders. A short distance later you will pass out of the Pleasure Gardens via the ornate stone gateway.
|Wooden Bridge to Weir|
Start point: 53.2731 lat, -1.0523 long
Turn right to cross over the bridge and at the far side turn right along the vehicle lane again with water both sides. Keep right into the stone car park marked with a sign for Lakeside Parking. Keep ahead alongside the wooden low vehicle barrier to join the lakeside path again.
|Weir to Grecian Folly|
Start point: 53.2704 lat, -1.0436 long
Cross this bridge enjoying the spectacular rushing water below. On the left you’ll see an area of wetland which was formed during the 1980s when subsidence caused flooding of agricultural land. This is now a haven for wetland birds.
|Grecian Folly to Stone Arch Bridge|
Start point: 53.2642 lat, -1.0574 long
Continue along the obvious path alongside the lake.
|Stone Arch Bridge to Limetree Avenue|
Start point: 53.2577 lat, -1.0702 long
Turn right across the bridge. Ignore the woodland footpath off to the right (this is a shortcut back to the start should you wish to take it). Instead keep ahead for a few paces and then fork left down the smaller tarmac road heading for a vehicle barrier. Just before you reach the barrier, turn left down a quiet tarmac lane marked as Access Only.
|Limetree Avenue to End|
Start point: 53.2563 lat, -1.0772 long
Follow the avenue for some distance. Eventually you will reach a side road turning sharp right off the avenue. Turn sharp right to join this side road and pass alongside the vehicle barrier. A few paces later keep left at the fork onto a small tarmac lane heading back into the heart of the park.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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