Released: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Jane Broomhead
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Written by Jane Broomhead, Walks for all Ages Nottinghamshire features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £4.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Nottinghamshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Walk 01. Misterton & West Stockwith
Walk 02. Idle Valley
Walk 03. Carlton-in-Lindrick & Hodsock
Walk 04. Clumber Park
Walk 05. Laxton
Walk 06. Edwinstowe & Sherwood Forest
Walk 07. Mansfield Woodhouse & Pleasley
Walk 08. Silverhill Wood
Walk 09. Tippings & Boundary Woods
Walk 10. Southwell
Walk 11. Farndon
Walk 12. Calverton
Walk 13. Newstead Abbey
Walk 14. Bestwood & the Mill Ponds
Walk 15. Colwick Country Park
Walk 16. Trowell & The Nottingham Canal
Walk 17. Attenborough Nature Reserve
Walk 18. Cotgrave Country Park
Walk 19. Aslockton & Orston
Walk 20. West Leake Hills
Welcome to ‘Walks for all Ages’ in Nottinghamshire. These twenty walks have been specially chosen for family groups – the longest being six miles and with several routes having both longer and shorter options. The choice of routes has been chosen to ensure that there is something of interest, with varied scenery, historical points of interest and an abundance of wildlife.
Although suitable for enthusiastic walkers many of the walks will be of interest to families with children. Nottinghamshire has a wealth of attractions from children’s theme parks, nature reserves and historical buildings to canal and riverside walks. This book has been written to give you a taster to what is an excellent County for walking. The ‘Basics’ panel which accompanies each route will help you choose walks within your family’s abilities and you can always work up to longer ones as your experience develops. Note too that the ‘Start Point’ information gives a postcode for satellite navigation users – although in a few cases, where this is in open countryside, these may be only approximate.
Footwear should be strong and waterproof as there is inevitably uneven ground and there are short distances over arable land on a few of the routes. Some of the walks are on multi-user tracks where adverse weather conditions can cause the ground to become very muddy.
Readers should remember too that the countryside is a changing environment. The route guides are as accurate as we can make them but footpaths are sometimes re-routed and there can be changes where new stiles or kissing gates are set up. Also, nowadays some country pubs are unfortunately closing down (though occasionally some re-open again), so it is wise to check before setting off if you are depending on them for refreshments.
The route guides and maps should get you round these walks without difficulty but it is always advisable to have an Ordnance Survey map available if possible – the relevant Explorer sheet is best. These larger scale maps contain greater detail and may assist in locating the start points more easily. We have used grid references in the ‘Basics’ panel too and the use of this helpful – even essential – map-reading skill is easily learnt as all OS maps give an explanatory example.
Although this book keeps the use of roads to a minimum, adults with pets or children with them should be mindful of the hazards of roads (even quiet country lanes) and water features where these are present on the walk. There are very few walks in this book where animals will be grazing in the meadows, but please take care, as this is one time when dogs must be on a leash.
The given – perhaps we should say estimated – walk times are just estimates. Readers will know their own limitations best and some will be quicker than others. You will therefore need to allow for additional time to visit visitor centres and historical buildings, to take photographs and to have meals along the way.
Lastly, please always remember to follow the Country Code. The countryside you are visiting is someone else’s home or workplace, so don’t spoil it for those who follow in your footsteps!