My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Jo Atkinson

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This week we are sharing Jo Atkinson’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire. If you would like to share your ‘favourites’ with us, email us at or use the comment section below. You may feature on our blog and our various social media platforms.


We asked Jo Atkinson from the Forestry Commission for her favourite places in the county. Jo works to promote and preserve Nottinghamshire’s great forests and is passionate about our natural heritage.

“- The footpath leading out of Retford towards Grove across the fields …. fantastic hedgerows that in spring are bursting with blackthorn blossom, swallows soaring and swooping across the fields in summer, blackberries and sloes in autumn and glorious sunsets over Retford from the top of Castle Hill.

– Rufford Park in the early evening when everyone else has gone home … especially on a crisp snowy, winter’s evening.

– Retford Market on a Saturday – wonderful cheese and olive stall, fish stalls, fruit & veg and lots of great tea shops nearby.

– Walking in any of our wonderful woodlands, but particularly Gamston Wood for a profusion of spring flowers and the Birklands for stunning twisted and gnarled oak trees.”


Posted on 23 October 2012
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  • As an American living in Nottinghamshire, I must say that many people take for granted the beauty of the area and buildings. I love walking through the city of Notts and just studying the buildings. Walking up the streets towards the castle, and stopping at the Salutation in hopes of catching a glimmer of the in house ghosts. Or sipping a Old Trip inside the Old Trip, wondering if through the low converstations around you if you can hear Isabelle crying for Mortimer.
    We have dogs and nothing is as wonderful as a summers stroll through Attenborough Nature Reserve, or an autumns leaf crunching walk through Sherwood. A visit to Santa’s Grotto at Rufford is a family must.
    I have stared in wonder at the drawings in the cave at Creswell Crags, and tried to imagine the last hours of King John at Newark Castle.
    Such amazing history, Roman, Viking, Medieval, and all taken for granted.

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