Winter Walks in Nottinghamshire
Our county is stunning at this time of year with parks, canals, the iconic Sherwood Forest and much more. There’s several places for relaxing winter walks with family and friends this season. So wrap up warm and take an afternoon stroll with a coffee stop on the way, we have plenty of inspiration for you.
Rufford Abbey Country Park Walks
Escape the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and the last minute Christmas rush, and enjoy a gentle stroll through the ancient glades of Sherwood, looking for winter wildlife and discovering this legendary forest. You can explore Rufford Abbey Country Park at your own leisure – the park is open everyday except Christmas Day.
Family Walks in Sherwood Forest
Walk in the footsteps of Nottingham’s famous outlaw – Robin Hood – and visit Sherwood Forest this winter season. Sherwood Forest is perfect for relaxing walks with the whole family, and pets are more than welcome too. You can also enjoy the guided Christmas Eve walk, or Boxing Day walk where you’ll learn more about Sherwood, its amazing trees, and fascinating history. Don’t forget to book before you turn up.
Every weekend until Sunday 7th of January there is a great self-guided trail for families. The Yuletide Trail follows the Major Oak path in Sherwood Forest, with clues to pick up along the way if you want to gain a ‘sweet’ reward at the end! This free trail is a great way to enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter magic.
For a truly atmospheric evening, drop along to Sherwood Pines’ Stargazing Night on 12th January, where you can explore the sky using telescopes and star maps. The evening includes an introductory presentation indoors followed by a tour of distant galaxies, glittering star clusters and the planetary giant, Jupiter.
Wollaton Hall Winter Walks
Spend time in Batman’s back garden and have a wander around his manor. Wollaton Hall looks stunning in the winter’s sun so don’t waste your time at home. You will love all those amazing wintry photos taken during your walk.
Runs at Clumber Park
If you prefer running instead of walking Clumber Park’s parkrun takes place every Saturday between 9am and 10am. Dogs on leads are welcome. Don’t forget to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Booking for first-timers this event is essential.
Get rid of that sluggish post Christmas feeling and walk off those mince pies at the Clumber Park Tinsel Trek on Thursday 28th December. Lasting approximately two hours, you can enjoy views of the lake, parkland and woodland of this historic estate.
Newstead Abbey Walks
Walk in the footsteps of the great poet Lord Byron and explore the gorgeous grounds of Newstead Abbey. See the lake in which Byron used to swim, find Boatswain the dog’s tomb, and try and spot the peacocks sauntering about. The grounds and cafe are open all week except for Christmas Day so be sure you make the most of it.
Nottingham Canal Walks
Waterside walks helps us relax and forget about our busy schedules so are often the most peaceful kind. Take a walk down city’s canal-side and enjoy a warm drink at The Canalhouse. If you’re more of a rural walking enthusiast then the beautiful riverside area of Farndon near Newark is perfect for you. Start your walk at the Chapel Lane car park and look out for St Peter’s Church, which dates back to Elizabethan times. Stop by The Castle Barge for lunch, dinner or a drink while you are out exploring.
Santa will be stationed in his Ice Age Grotto at the ancient site of Creswell Crags on various dates throughout December, along with activities, live choirs and brass bands each weekend. Grab some freshly roasted chestnuts and take a atmospheric walk around the lake for extra bonus points.