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|Gedling Country Park Trail|
|Author: NCT, Published: 24 Apr 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Gedling Country Park|
Start point: 52.9806 lat, -1.0869 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.
|Gedling Country Park to Solar Farm Benches|
Start point: 52.9858 lat, -1.0862 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.
|Solar Farm Benches to Spring Lane Car Park|
Start point: 52.9894 lat, -1.0835 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.
|Spring Lane Car Park to Mapperley Houses|
Start point: 52.9937 lat, -1.0861 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.
|Mapperley Houses to Lake T Junction|
Start point: 52.9935 lat, -1.099 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.
|Lake T Junction to End|
Start point: 52.9914 lat, -1.0869 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).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author NCT and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Gedling park plinth showing the opening date
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We visited in April 2015, just a month after the park was opened.
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