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.

You can also take a free Walk with a Volunteer Ranger through Clumber Park on December 5th, taking in less familiar parts of Clumber Park which reflect a diverse range of habitats.


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.

park 5Craggy Christmas

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.


Check out our Pinterest winter walks board for more ideas, or our Tours & Trails page for lots more walking itineraries.

Posted on 17 November 2017
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick

Nottingham We Dig The Castle

We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

unesco city of literature nottingham

Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another. Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages…