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Broxtowe Country Park Trail

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Broxtowe Country Park Trail
Author: NCT, Published: 20 Apr 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Nottinghamshire, Nottingham
Walk Type: Garden or park
Broxtowe Country Park Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 2 mile circular walk around Broxtowe Country Park 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 performs a simple loop around the small country park, taking in the areas of grassland and woodland.

The walk has a few gentle slopes. The majority of the paths are surfaced, but some of the woodland paths can get muddy at times so sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Dogs are welcome in the park. The entrance/exit point for the park is a metal inverted V-shape narrow squeeze gap. There are no toilets or other facilities in the park. Allow 1 hour.

The walk starts and finishes at the Coleby Road Top bus stop which is served by NCT Bus Route Orange 35. Buses run frequently seven days per week. For timetable and route details visit www.nctx.co.uk or get the NCT App.

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Start to Broxtowe Country Park
Start to Broxtowe Country Park

Start point: 52.9784 lat, -1.2153 long
End point: 52.9799 lat, -1.2196 long

From Coleby Road Top bus stop, walk the short distance to the end of the road where you will reach a T-junction with Denton Green (with the Six Ways Community Centre opposite). Turn right along the pavement and then take the second road on the right, Alwyn Road. Keep directly ahead to the end of the road and pass through the metal squeeze gap to enter Broxtowe Country Park.

Broxtowe Country Park to Woodland Path
Broxtowe Country Park to Woodland Path

Start point: 52.9799 lat, -1.2196 long
End point: 52.9831 lat, -1.2206 long

Walk directly ahead down the surfaced path and at the T-junction turn left. This stone path leads you between belts of trees and shrubs. Just after the metal fencing on the left ends, you will come to a crossroads. Turn right here and follow this path with the large open meadow at the centre of the park across to your right.

Broxtowe Country Park covers 46 hectares and combines a mixture of woodlands and grassland with excellent recreation facilities. The park is managed by Nottingham City Council and is a great place to spot many different plants, insects and birds. The open large meadow is also home to many types of wild flowers and insects. Some of the grassland is kept long to provide habitat for ground nesting birds such as skylark. Green woodpeckers are also drawn to the open grassland as it is where they find their favourite food... ants.

Stay on the main stone path which swings right again leading you across the top of the open meadow area. The path runs alongside willow trees on the left, swinging left and then right (heading for a basketball court). Before you reach this court, turn left onto a wide tarmac drive and then turn left again onto the woodland path.

Woodland Path to Broxstowe Stream
Woodland Path to Broxstowe Stream

Start point: 52.9831 lat, -1.2206 long
End point: 52.9828 lat, -1.2167 long

Follow this stone path ahead and shortly you will come to a metal exit gate for the park on the left. Do NOT go through this, instead turn right here on the path through the centre of the woodland. Pass the bench on the left and follow the path downhill.

This ancient woodland is home to a wide variety of wildflowers in the spring including native bluebells and dog’s mercury. You may notice it smells a little garlicy which is down to the ramsons (more commonly known as wild garlic) that grow among the trees here as well. Several of the trees are old coppiced willow. Coppicing is an ancient woodland management technique which is still used today. Young trees are cut back to the base on a cycle of every few years and, every time this happens, the tree sprouts back several branches from the ground. The technique prolongs the life of the trees, allows light to the woodland floor for flowers to thrive and provides an ongoing supply of timber.

At the bottom of the slope you will come to a crossroads, turn right following the line of dense hedgerow on the left. This is an ancient boundary hedge that would have once signalled the parish boundary.

At the end of the grass clearing on the right, turn right following the path which swings right uphill. At the top of the slope bear left to reach a T-junction with a tarmac lane. Turn left (taking a moment to enjoy the distant views over the house rooftops) and you will reach a large circular former car park. Turn left and then right to pass the fenced culvert of Broxtowe Stream on the left.

Broxstowe Stream to End
Broxstowe Stream to End

Start point: 52.9828 lat, -1.2167 long
End point: 52.9786 lat, -1.2153 long

Keep directly ahead and join a narrow stone path leading uphill between trees. As you emerge from the trees, swing right to follow the woodland edge on the right, with a line of houses running on the left. At the fork, keep right and follow the unmade narrow path winding through the centre of the woodland.

You will emerge out to a T-junction with another path (with the basketball court visible ahead). Turn left and follow the path as it leads you past the BMX Track and Scooter Park on the left. Beyond this, turn left and the path will lead you back to the squeeze gap where you entered the park.

From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the bus stop. To do this, go directly ahead and follow Alwyn Road all the way to the T-junction at the end. Turn left along the pavement and then take the second road on the left, Coleby Road. A few yards along you will find the Coleby Road Top bus stops, the one on the right-hand side of the road being the stop for buses back to the city centre.

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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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Taken in April 2015. there are plenty of hedgerows along the route, perfect for nesting birds

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