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Gedling Country Park Trail

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Gedling Country Park Trail
Author: NCT, Published: 24 Apr 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar1 Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guidestar0 Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guide
Nottinghamshire, Nottingham
Walk Type: Garden or park
Gedling Country Park Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guide boot Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guide boot Gedling Country Park Trail Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk around Gedling 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 weaves its way through the woodlands and grasslands that make up the rich flora and fauna within the country park.

The route has several climbs and descents throughout, some of which are steep and others fairly long. The paths within the park itself are all surfaced with tarmac or stone, but the access path across the playing fields and between the lakes can get very muddy. Dogs are welcome in the park, but please keep them close to the paths as the site is home to many ground nesting birds. The paths within the park are shared use with cyclists. You will need to negotiate a total of 6 V-shaped squeeze stiles to access the park from the Arnold Lane bus stop. (The walk can be adjusted to avoid all these stiles by starting/finishing at the Spring Lane entrance but the bus routes here run less frequently, particularly at weekends). There are currently no toilets or other facilities at the park. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Cemetery bus stop on Arnold Lane which is served by NCT Bus Route Red 44. 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 Gedling Country Park
Start to Gedling Country Park

Start point: 52.9806 lat, -1.0869 long
End point: 52.9858 lat, -1.0862 long

If you have arrived on the bus from the city, you will be dropped on the south side of the road, directly outside the cemetery. Standing with your back to this bus stop/shelter, turn right along the pavement to reach the pedestrian crossing. Cross the road here (with the supermarket ahead), turn left on the pavement and take the first right into Lambley Lane. Follow the pavement through the dip and, just afterwards, cross over to join the pavement which begins on the left.

Follow this tarmac path as it swings left uphill and keep ahead across the grass passing the community buildings and car park of Lambley Lane Recreation Ground on the right. When the fence on the right ends, turn right to follow the fence across the top of the car park. Beyond the car park, keep ahead to reach the trees at the far side of the field and then turn left following the line of trees and fence on your right.

Where a section of wire fence begins on the right, fork right through a V-shaped squeeze stile to join a stone path marked as Access to Gedling Country Park. About 30 yards before a metal vehicle barrier, look for another V-shaped squeeze stile in the fence on the right. Pass through this and the one a short distance ahead to enter Gedling Country Park.

Gedling Country Park to Solar Farm Benches
Gedling Country Park to Solar Farm Benches

Start point: 52.9858 lat, -1.0862 long
End point: 52.9894 lat, -1.0835 long

Turn right along the unmade track (it can get very muddy here) and follow it as it swings left alongside the lake on the left. Cross the concrete water channel and you will come to a T-junction with the main path within the country park. Turn right along this, signed with a green arrow for the Low Hazels route. This waymarked route is the one you will be following throughout the park.

Follow the surfaced path climbing steadily, enjoying the first views across to the right. The path swings sharp left to continue its journey uphill. The path leads you back past the lakes, now quite a long way down to the left, then levels off for a stretch to reach a skewed T-junction alongside a marker post.

Turn sharp right here (as indicated by the green arrow) and follow the track climbing once again. The grass slopes are the perfect habitat for many species of butterflies and ground nesting birds. As well as many common birds resident within the park you may also be able to spot some rarer species such as short eared owls, skylarks and lapwings.

Towards the top of the slope you will reach a pair of benches and picnic table on the left with the large fenced solar farm behind. This makes a great place to pause, catch your breath, enjoy the expansive views and understand the history of the site.

Solar Farm Benches to Spring Lane Car Park
Solar Farm Benches to Spring Lane Car Park

Start point: 52.9894 lat, -1.0835 long
End point: 52.9937 lat, -1.0861 long

Today Gedling Country Park is a beautiful 240 acre piece of countryside nestled in between Mapperley, Lambley and Gedling so it is hard to imagine that it was once a thriving colliery. Work started on Gedling Colliery in 1898. The first shafts were sunk in 1900 with the first coal produced in 1902. It was known as ‘the pit of all nations’ due to the many migrant miners from around the world who worked here. The workforce reached its peak of 2,500 in the 1950s before closing in 1991. 130 people lost their lives at the pit during the 93 years it was open. Shortly after the pit closed, the mining infrastructure was removed and the land underwent major restoration. 4,500 tonnes of local top soil was imported, trees planted and the lagoons were re-profiled to improve their appearance and promote a wider diversity of wildlife. Gedling Country Park was opened in March 2015.

The links with the energy industry have not been lost altogether. The large solar farm you can see here comprises more than 20,000 panels and produces more than 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,800 homes. Coal mine methane extraction is also taking place using the ex-colliery sub-station. The potent methane gas is removed in vacuum pumps and fed into the National Grid producing enough energy to power 3,600 homes.

Continue on the main path which swings steadily left around the edge of the solar farm taking time to enjoy the expansive views which stretch across Nottinghamshire and into neighbouring Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. The foreground view is dominated by the church spire of The Parish Church of All Hallows on Arnold Lane in Gedling. All Hallows church is a Grade 1 listed building and is unusually large for a rural parish church. The tower is 90 feet high and it has a 90 feet tall spire making it the second highest in Nottinghamshire. On a clear day you will be able to see as far as Belvoir Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.

Further along, the views on the right are replaced by a plantation of young trees including sweet chestnut, silver birch and hawthorn. Continue on the path behind the solar farm and heading steadily downhill towards the centre of the park. At the bottom of the slope you will reach a bench at a crossroads. Go straight ahead on the tarmac path which leads you past the Spring Lane Car Park on the right.

Spring Lane Car Park to Mapperley Houses
Spring Lane Car Park to Mapperley Houses

Start point: 52.9937 lat, -1.0861 long
End point: 52.9935 lat, -1.099 long

Continue along the path past the car park on the right and the picnic benches and information board on the left. At the first junction, keep straight ahead (signed with the green arrow) and then ignore the exit path signed off to the right. Keep ahead with a hawthorn hedge running on the right.

At the T-junction, keep right, still following the Low Hazels route. The path leads you alongside another section of hawthorn hedge and then past a pretty section of willows on the right. Continue, swinging left, and passing the houses at the edge of Mapperley on the right.

Mapperley Houses to Lake T Junction
Mapperley Houses to Lake T Junction

Start point: 52.9935 lat, -1.099 long
End point: 52.9914 lat, -1.0869 long

After passing the last house on the right, the path swings left leading you back downhill with a steep woodland valley running on the right. This wooded valley was once home to the railway track that served the colliery.

At the first crossroads turn right, heading fairly steeply downhill. NOTE: take great care here as the loose stones can be quite slippery. The path swings left and winds ahead on its downhill journey. Further along, with the old colliery sub-station ahead, the path swings left and begins to climb again. Continue over a rocky weir and on to a reach a T-junction with a lake ahead.

Lake T Junction to End
Lake T Junction to End

Start point: 52.9914 lat, -1.0869 long
End point: 52.9802 lat, -1.0859 long

Turn right and then immediately right again on the stone track heading downhill. At the fork, keep left and follow the path towards the lakes. Keep left across the concrete channel and then turn right onto the path which leads you between the two lakes. Swing left passing behind the second lake and you will come to a squeeze stile on the right (the one through which you entered the park).

From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the bus stops. To do this, cross the stile and the next one ahead, then turn left along the stone track. At the end of the track, pass through the third squeeze stile to reach the edge of the recreation ground. Keep ahead along the left-hand boundary and then turn right along the fence line of the car park on the left. At the fence corner, turn left and follow the path out to Lambley Lane. Cross over with care and turn right along the pavement. Continue up to the T-junction. Turn left into Arnold Lane and you will see the Cemetery bus stop just a few paces ahead, from where you can catch the bus back towards the city.

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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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Gedling park plinth showing the opening date
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We visited in April 2015, just a month after the park was opened.

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