OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4: Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire
North Nottinghamshire is a beautiful part of the county with expansive countryside waiting to be explored, an array of interesting and exciting attractions to visit and excellent cycle routes popular with every level of cyclist. For ideas on where to stop off for food and drink, please read part one of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain blog here.
Clumber Park Cycle Route, Worksop
Clumber Park is a National Trust Property with an expansive parkland, farmland and woodland covering over 3800 acres. It was once the seat of the Duke of Newcastle, and now offers colourful scenery throughout the year, thanks to the wide variety of types of trees and its well-known avenue of limes stretching for 2 miles. The Clumber Route winds through the entire park, taking in views across the parkland and lake. Read more here.
The Dukeries Cycle Trail, Mansfield
The Dukeries Trail takes its name from the area between Worksop and Mansfield which is known at ‘The Dukeries’. The trail takes you along a route of historic and industrial interest, through Sherwood Forest and stretches from the Derbyshire border across to Lincolnshire border through Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby. Read more here.
Adventure Pine Cycle Route, Edwinstowe
The Adventure Pine Cycle Route begins at the Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre, continuing through the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, past King’s Clipstone before exploring the excellent cycling routes at Sherwood Pines Forest Park. The full route is approximately 20 miles long, designed for a day of exploration with stop offs for play time, refreshments and local attarctions to visit. Take in the spectacular scenic beauty or investigate the adventure routes for serious cyclists. Read more here.
Ancient Sherwood Cycle Route, Edwinstowe
The Ancient Sherwood Route also begins at Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre and winds through Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve before taking you through Clumber Park. Again, an approximately 20-mile-long route designed for a day of exploration. The terrain is mainly flat and pathways are generally maintained making this a good option for families. Read more here.
Newark to Harby Cycle Route, Newark
This route takes you through the pretty villages of Newark, Collingham and Harby, with some road cycling and village exploration. Newark-on-Trent boasts a castle and traditional market square, whilst Collingham has two churches and offers places to stop off for a mid-ride rest. The route then follows rural lanes through attractive villages to reach Harby with the option to further the route another 6.5 miles. Read more here.
A magnificent limestone gorge with caves and small fissures that offers an insight into its story during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. In 2003, the discovery of Britain’s only known Ice Age rock art adds further interest, with tours now being dedicated to this alone running alongside the Ice Age tour which enables you to discover the largest cave on site, the Robin Hood Cave. Read more here.
The Harley Gallery brings old and new together with exhibitions from contemporary leading visual artists, alongside The Portland Collection, which showcases their internationally renowned historic art collection. Situated within the grounds of the picturesque Welbeck estate, The Harley Gallery offers tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey to Open Studio days. Read more here.
Thoresby Courtyard, offers the perfect selection of independent shops for retail therapy, with jewellery from David Fowkes, hot glass blowing by Ingrid Pears and homewares from Barton Dawes. The fully licensed Bay Tree Café is the ideal spot to enjoy a cream tea, inside or outdoors. Read more here.
Patchings Art Centre
With its pretty courtyard setting Patchings Art Centre, now in its 23rd year, houses three galleries with monthly exhibitions. The self-employed studio artists based there work in a variety of media, whilst an art school programme offering courses for everyone to enjoy runs through the year. Read more here.
Southwell Minster & Archbishops Palace
The Southwell Minster, the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire, provides the opportunity to view both Norman and early English architecture in its finest form. Throughout term time you can hear the Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir or perhaps visit when the orchestral with choral concerts are taking place. Read more here. Whilst there pay a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace and Sensory Gardens with its rich history and excellent educational opportunities. Read more here.
The home of the poet Lord Byron, this historic house set in beautiful gardens and parkland is a treasure in the heart of Nottinghamshire. Exploration of the house offers historical facts and artefacts of great interest with an insight Lord Byron’s time there. The gardens and parkland covers more than 300 acres with a variety of outdoor space to enjoy. Read more here.
National Civil War Centre
The National Civil War Centre, the UK’s first, tells the story of the brutal 17th century clash between Crown and Parliament. Newark played a major role in the war, being held by the royalists and undergoing three sieges. The museum allows you to discover why and how the war played out, and how the monarch lost his kingdom and his head. Read more here.
Sherwood Forest & Major Oak
Sherwood Forest, an awe-inspiring nature reserve of 900 ancient oak trees including the legendary Major Oak, previously the hideout of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Historically an area of woodland and heathland stretching over 30 miles, Sherwood Forest is now a cluster of country parks offering an insight into how the forest may have previously been- Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Sherwood Pines Forest Park to name but a few. Read more here.
Sherwood Pines & Go Ape
The largest in the East Midlands that is open to the public offering over 3,000 acres of parkland and woodland to discover. For those wanting something more active, a wide variety of outdoor activities are available with the popular Go Ape Tree Top Adventure giving you the chance to get high into the trees or take a Segway into the forest to explore at your own pace. Read more here.
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Rufford Country Park is the estate and grounds of Rufford Abbey, a historic mansion with remains of a Cistercian abbey west cloister. The park provides plenty of space to investigate with the family, or the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake. There are several onsite eateries from the main eating area by the abbey, the Coach House café or the smaller café near Rufford Mill by the lake. Read more here.
White Post Farm
The perfect opportunity to get up close to over 3000 animals including coes, pigs, sheep and hens to llamas, chinchillas, bats, reptiles and spiders. You can get ‘hans on’ with baby animal holding or enjoy the indoor soft play centre. For those visiting the area with families, White Post Farm is the animal lover’s heaven. Read more here.
Clumber Park is a National Trust Property with an expansive parkland, farmland and woodland covering over 3800 acres. It was once the seat of the Duke of Newcastle, and now offers colourful scenery throughout the year, thanks to the wide variety of types of trees and its well-known avenue of limes stretching for 2 miles. As well as the cycle route mentioned above, it has many opportunities for a great day in the outdoors such as a walk around the beautiful serpentine lake. Read more here.
Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park
This family theme park, designed for any weather, stretches across 30 acres with the main theme park, a water park, two large indoor play centres and a farm. Endless hours of fun can be had here, set within the beautiful countryside near Sherwood Forest, just be sure to plan your trip ahead of time to take in the many thrilling rides and indoor action. Read more here.
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