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Nottinghamshire Wolds

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Nottinghamshire Wolds
Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 06 May 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide star1 Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide star1 Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide star1 Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide star1 Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide
Nottinghamshire, Nottingham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Nottinghamshire Wolds
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide boot Nottinghamshire Wolds Walking Guide
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This 8.5 mile circular walk in Nottinghamshire links three attractive old villages through pleasant rolling farmland, with good views to the north, across the Trent Valley. It starts in Keyworth, located about 6 miles south of Nottingham.

The route uses a combination of green lanes, tracks and footpaths, with a total of one mile along public roads (which is all through the villages). Any climbs are sufficiently gentle to be almost unnoticeable; this is easy-going walking. Parts of the walk will be muddy in wet conditions. It is a good walk for dogs with plenty of arable land, although livestock will be encountered (including cattle and horses), particularly in the last section. You will need to negotiate 12 stiles on the walk, along with several gates and footbridges. Allow 4 hours.

The walk starts from the free car park at Keyworth village hall on Elm Avenue, off Selby Lane. Approximate post code NG12 5AN. Nearby Keyworth Church is served by the TrentBarton Keyworth Connection bus route, from Nottingham.

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Walk Sections

Start to North Lodge Farm
Start to North Lodge Farm

Start point: 52.8721 lat, -1.0878 long
End point: 52.8564 lat, -1.0787 long

From the car park, follow the path that runs along the side of the playing field (with the playing fields to your right) to come out on a road through a black metal gate. Turn left to walk up to the church. At the church, cross the road to access the main street and follow this through the old part of the village. At the end of the houses, where the road turns right, go straight on to go down a track, signposted as a Public Bridleway. After 400 metres, take the green lane that goes off on the left.

Follow this green lane for about 800 metres, until you come to a wooden pedestrian gate on the right-hand side, with a wooden fingerpost sign. Go through this, to walk alongside a hedge. Carry straight on for two fields, until you reach a farm.

North Lodge Farm to Willoughby Road
North Lodge Farm to Willoughby Road

Start point: 52.8564 lat, -1.0787 long
End point: 52.8455 lat, -1.0636 long

Follow the path that skirts round the right side of the farm. When you get to the far side, walk down the track with agricultural buildings set back on your left. The track swings to the right. Another track goes off on the left, which an arrow on a yellow-topped markerpost indicates you should take. Follow this track up a hedge side – where the track veers slightly to the right, an arrow on a footpath post indicates that you should go straight on, across a grassy area. You will see a metal kissing gate on the left, but the large gap next to it means that you walk past the gate. Swing right to walk across a grass field towards the gap ahead.

By the side of this gap is a second superfluous metal kissing gate. Go straight through the gap and down the track that leads from it, with a hedge on your left. This brings you to a stile – cross the stile and go straight across the field, to hop over a second stile at the far side. The path then runs alongside a hedge, before going through a metal gate on your left to reach a drive, and going down this drive. This drive leads to a junction of tracks, in front of Widmerpool church. While the main drive swings left, you go straight on (as indicated by an arrow on a yellow footpath sign), to enter a path enclosed by hedges. This path opens out into Church Road. Walk up the road, past some impressive houses, to reach a triangular road junction.

Take the left of the two roads facing you, and when you come to a crossroads, cross over into Willoughby Road.

Willoughby Road to West Thorpe Road
Willoughby Road to West Thorpe Road

Start point: 52.8455 lat, -1.0636 long
End point: 52.833 lat, -1.0788 long

After a few yards, turn right through the gate into the rugby club, signposted with a Public Footpath fingerpost. Turn immediately left, to walk between the hedge and the clubhouse. At the end of the car park, go through the metal five bar gate and walk diagonally across the field to a gap in the far corner, where you can see a reddy-brown coloured five-bar gate.

Go through this gap and follow the track straight ahead, running alongside a hedge on your left. There are good views away to the north here. At the end of the second field, turn left, as indicated by a footpath arrow. Walk up a track, which becomes tarmacked. Just past a concrete apron, a yellow footpath arrow points right. Follow this to run down the left side of a hedge.

This path runs down to cross a metal footbridge over a stream. You then cross a sizeable field – the path runs about ten yards to the right of the pylon in front of you and carries straight on, to a stile in the hedge. Cross the stile to reach West Thorpe Road.

West Thorpe Road to Wysall Church
West Thorpe Road to Wysall Church

Start point: 52.833 lat, -1.0788 long
End point: 52.8381 lat, -1.1037 long

Cross straight over the road to access the signed footpath on the far side, through a gap in the hedge. This runs down the right side of the hedge you will see in front of you. At the end of this hedge, turn left through a gap and walk along the headland of this field. Go through the gap in the next hedge and then bear right (walking between 2 and 3 o'clock for 25 yards or so) to reach a wooden footbridge over a stream. Once over this bridge, turn right and follow the path through the gap in the hedge. Diagonally cross the next field on a well-trodden path, heading for the right-hand corner of a wood. Follow the path along the side of the wood (with the wood on your left) and then, at the first hedge, bear right to diagonally cross another field, towards a yellow-topped post.

Hop over a low stile to cross a wooden footbridge. The path then diagonally crosses a field, to the left, to a second footbridge. It then crosses the next field, to another yellow-topped post. Yet another footbridge leads into a field, where the path runs along the right-hand side of a hedge. Part way along this hedge is another yellow-topped post. I suspect that at this post the (invisible) public right of way veers right, to cross the field diagonally to reach a stile in a hedge with a yellow-topped post by it. However, I walked ahead all the way to the end of the field, and then went right, alongside the hedge at the end of the field; so two sides round a triangle.

Once over the stile, cross the next grass field, go through a metal kissing gate, over a footbridge, and along the right side of a hedge. Carry straight on, into a grass play area, and then to the village street, opposite Wysall Church.

Wysall Church to Jubilee Wood Mushroom
Wysall Church to Jubilee Wood Mushroom

Start point: 52.8381 lat, -1.1037 long
End point: 52.8524 lat, -1.0939 long

Turn right to walk along the village street. Turn right into Widmerpool Road and walk along this until you reach Tuckwell Court, on the left. Turn left into Tuckwell Court. At the end of this cul-de-sac you will see a white five-bar gate, leading into a horse paddock. Just to the right of this, a fenced-in footpath starts. You are on 'hallowed ground' here, as I once worked on this farm. The tales I could tell ... In those distance days all this land was sheep pasture - much nicer to walk over!

This fenced path leads to a field, which you cross diagonally to the right to reach a hedge. Follow the path, as indicated by the arrow on the yellow-topped post. The path follows the hedge, bends right, and runs down to cross a little footbridge over a ditch. It then goes diagonally left across a field. The path crosses another footbridge, then an overgrown green lane, and then over another little bridge into a field. The path turns right to run down the left side of a hedge.

Turn left, as indicated by an arrow on a yellow-topped post, and walk up the right side of a hedge. Part way along the hedge, a yellow arrow points to the right (and there is a white ‘Private’ sign ahead), and your path veers right to cross the field. On the far side of the field, go over a wooden footbridge, and then a stile, into a grass field. Follow the path across the field to an area where trees have been planted recently. On the left side of the path you will see a carved wooden mushroom, on which a metal plate informs you that this is a Jubilee wood.

Jubilee Wood Mushroom to End
Jubilee Wood Mushroom to End

Start point: 52.8524 lat, -1.0939 long
End point: 52.8722 lat, -1.0879 long

Go straight on past the wooden mushroom, through a metal kissing gate, across a meadow and through a second metal kissing gate. Cross the next field diagonally right, over a wooden footbridge and over another stile. Walk straight ahead, in the gaps between the bushes, to reach the hedge on the far (left) side of this grass field. The ground can be quite rough here, where it has been churned up by cattle. Hidden in this hedge is a stile, with a wooden fingerpost sign; cross this.

Cross the next field in the direction of the arrow (this should be at about 2 o’clock.) Part way across the field, you will see a stile in the hedge on the far side. Head just to the left of this stile – as there is a ditch just in front of it, so you need to cross this ditch a little to the left of the stile.

Beyond this stile (there are actually two, in the same hedge) cross a field and then a stile, and a second field and a stile. There is then a sequence of four small grass fields, each containing horses, and each separated by metal gates. (Note that some of the field boundaries involve electric fences or wires – you will be fine, but a careless dog could easily brush against one.) The final gate leads over a wooden footbridge onto the bridleway that the walk started along. Walk up the bridleway to the road and continue on down the road to Keyworth Church. Pass in front of, and to the left of, the church. Turn right into the playing field and walk along the side of this back to the car park where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Nottinghamshire Wolds"

Terrific walk with great directions. Just one point to note on the section from West Thorpe Road to Wysall Church, there are 2 footbridges where you turn right. Ignore the closest one on your immediate right which takes you back the other side of the hedge from whence you came. Instead your turn to the right is the equivalent of walking to around 2 - 3 o'clock direction for 25 yards or so.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for the extra details, we have updated the guide with this info.

By UDaMann47 on 24 Jun 2017

Great walk in early summer with the rapeseed in bloom

By bulldozer on 07 May 2017

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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