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Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail

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Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail
Author: , Published: 19 Apr 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar0 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide
Nottinghamshire, Nottingham
Walk Type: Garden or park
Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk around the country park and water sports centre at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. This walk is one of the Nottingham Walks By Bus series, created to allow walkers to access some of Nottingham’s best walking routes via Nottingham City Transport bus routes. The walking route is full of interest, taking in a nature reserve and the beautiful River Trent as well as the National Water Sports Centre where you’ll have chance to see rowing, wakeboarding and white water kayaking.

The route is almost entirely flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The majority of the paths are surfaced, but the short stretch of stone track through the fishing lakes can get muddy at times so sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Dogs on leads are welcome in the park and there are dog waste bins provided on the way round. You will need to negotiate one wide gate and some gaps alongside vehicle barriers (all more than one metre wide). There is one squeeze gap at the entrance to the nature reserve, but this stretch can be avoided if necessary so that the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and disability buggies. There are public toilets at two points around the route. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Adbolton Lane Terminus bus stop which is served by NCT Bus Route Green 11. Buses run frequently seven days per week. For timetable and route details visit or get the NCT App.

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Walk Sections

Start to Riverside Path
Start to Riverside Path

Start point: 52.9387 lat, -1.1117 long
End point: 52.9415 lat, -1.1004 long

Standing with your back to the bus stop/shelter, turn left and follow the pavement past the silver heron sculpture on the right. Keep left along the pavement of Adbolton Lane with open fields across to the right. When you reach the T-junction at the end of the road, turn left (a continuation of Adbolton Lane) and follow the pavement passing a camp site on the right.

Turn left onto the signed public footpath immediately before the entrance drive for Nottingham Sailing Club. Follow the surfaced path directly ahead, passing the sailing club on the right, and out to a T-junction with the riverside path.

Riverside Path to White Water Course
Riverside Path to White Water Course

Start point: 52.9415 lat, -1.1004 long
End point: 52.9457 lat, -1.0906 long

Turn right through the wide double gate and follow the riverside path passing in front of the sailing club. Simply keep ahead on the path which follows the line of the River Trent on the left. The path widens to become a surfaced path and then widens again to become a tarmac path. You will come to a junction with a tarmac access lane, keep left along this lane.

You will pass a large adventure climbing course on the right. The path will lead you past a reception building (which has public toilets should you need them) and, soon afterwards, you will cross one of the water inlets that feeds the water sports lakes. Immediately afterwards, fork left to reach the large footbridge that marks the start of the White Water Course.

White Water Course to Regatta Lake
White Water Course to Regatta Lake

Start point: 52.9457 lat, -1.0906 long
End point: 52.947 lat, -1.0848 long

Do NOT cross the footbridge, instead turn right immediately before it to join the concrete path running alongside the water course. Take time here to enjoy the water sports that are taking place, with kayaks, canoes and rafts battling to follow the slalom course through the white water rapids. The course is fed by the River Trent and drops about 4 metres in height along its length. Unlike some others, the course is gravity fed and so does not use electricity to power it.

At the bottom of the course, fork right up the stone track to reach the right-hand end of a wooden footbridge. Dog-leg right and then left to join the tarmac path which runs alongside the large Regatta Lake on the right. NOTE: Take care here as you will be sharing the paths alongside the Regatta Lake with cyclists and rowing support crews which can be travelling very quickly.

Regatta Lake to Jubilee Walk
Regatta Lake to Jubilee Walk

Start point: 52.947 lat, -1.0848 long
End point: 52.9541 lat, -1.0688 long

Follow the long straight path ahead. The 2km Regatta Lake contains a six lane rowing course and you are likely to see several boats training or racing. The centre hosts many UK rowing events as well as triathlons. Holme Pierrepont takes its name from the nearby Holme Pierrepont Hall. The Pierrepont family settled in Nottingham around 1280, having come over from France with William the Conqueror in 1066. They built the hall in 1500, which today is used as a luxury wedding and event venue. Originally the area was known only as Holme (the Old English and Old Norse word for a small island or low lying land by a river), but later adopted the family surname as a suffix.

Further ahead you will pass a small wildlife lake and section of woodland on the left. At the far end, follow the main path which swings right across the top of the lake. Just before the next corner, turn left onto the grass slope (passing a sign marking the Jubilee Walk).

Jubilee Walk to Skylarks Nature Reserve
Jubilee Walk to Skylarks Nature Reserve

Start point: 52.9541 lat, -1.0688 long
End point: 52.9472 lat, -1.0788 long

Take the path which heads left and uphill to reach a T-junction with the riverside path. Turn right along this and, a few paces along, the path becomes a white stone track. Continue until you reach a junction with the first stone track on the right. Turn right to join this vehicle track and follow it as it leads you between the pretty fishing lakes. Take time to pause and appreciate the wealth of nature here with plenty of spring flowers, willows, fruit trees, teasels and an abundance of bird life.

Pass alongside a vehicle barrier and on the right you will pass the Wakeboard Lake, with a cableway which tows the wake boarders and water skiers around the course. Continue on the stone track which soon merges with a tarmac access lane. Pass through the next vehicle barrier and then keep directly ahead through the gap alongside the wooden gate (passing the No Vehicles sign).

NOTE: The next part of the main route includes a squeeze gap into the nature reserve. If you need to avoid this (due to buggies or pushchairs) simply keep ahead on the main track then turn left along the path by the Regatta Lake and skip to the 4th paragraph in the next section.

Walk ahead on the track for a few paces then fork left across the grass to join the line of the fence on the left. A little way along you will come to a metal squeeze gap on the left. Turn left through this to enter the Skylarks Nature Reserve.

Skylarks Nature Reserve to Adbolton Lane
Skylarks Nature Reserve to Adbolton Lane

Start point: 52.9472 lat, -1.0788 long
End point: 52.94 lat, -1.0966 long

Keep straight ahead at the crossroads heading into the heart of the reserve. The surfaced path swings right and a little further along you will find a path branch on the left which leads you to the pier viewing area for the lake.

Skylarks is a former gravel pit that has been transformed into an attractive reserve. Primarily a wetland site, it is a home for flora such as marsh marigold, cowslip and common twayblade. Orchids are also to be found, including the spotted orchid and the southern marsh orchid with its imperial purple flowers. Watch out for frogs, toads and newts amongst the reeds, especially during the spring breeding season when you may see them entwined in the water.

When you’ve finished on the pier, retrace your steps and then turn left to continue your journey along the surfaced path. Just before you reach the vehicle barrier ahead, turn right onto another surfaced path which leads you steadily down to a junction with a bridge on the right. Do NOT cross this, instead turn left. Just before you reach a staggered barrier turn right across the wood-effect footbridge. Keep directly ahead across the grass and you will reach the Regatta Lake ahead. Turn left along the lakeside path.

Follow the lakeside path (remembering to take care of cyclists and rowing support crews also using the path) which eventually leads you past the rowing centre on the left (again there are toilets here should you need them). At the bottom of the lake, turn right passing the boathouses on the left. At the next corner, bear left onto the vehicle access slope. Follow the track out to a T-junction with Adbolton Lane.

Adbolton Lane to End
Adbolton Lane to End

Start point: 52.94 lat, -1.0966 long
End point: 52.9388 lat, -1.1118 long

Turn right along the wide grass verge. Cross over the entrance drive for Holme Pierrepont Country Park and continue ahead along the pavement of Adbolton Lane. Pass the sailing club entrance (and the footpath you took on your outward leg). From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the bus stop. To do this, continue ahead along the pavement and then take the first road on the right (a continuation of Adbolton Lane signed as a cycle route to the town centre). Just before you reach the first house on the left, you will come to the bus stop where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail"

Nice simple 2hour walk. Flat with a mixture of grass, woodland, small lakes, flora & fauna. The National Watersports area is most interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable walk.

By jan53 on 29 Dec 2015

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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4 gallery images for "Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail"

4379_0Richard1429471598 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 19 Apr 2015
The terminus bus stop.
4379_1Richard1429471598 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 19 Apr 2015
This is the start point at the far end of the regatta lake.
4379_2Richard1429471598 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 19 Apr 2015
We saw quite a few teams practicing on the lake and a race of eights in April 2015.
4379_3Richard1429471598 Holme Pierrepont Country Park Trail Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 19 Apr 2015
There were plenty of people enjoying the white water.


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