Our 5 Favourite Autumn Walking Locations in Nottinghamshire
30 September 2019
Summer may have left its long days and warm nights behind, but nothing beats a good autumnal walk this time of year. Spectacular colour palettes, scenery and an abundance of wildlife all discoverable on foot. Check out some of our favourite autumn walks in and around Nottingham.
Sherwood Forest Walk
Linked to the legends of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is home to some of our favourite walking trails in Nottinghamshire. Take a short walk on the Giants Trail which shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Wind your way through the giant oaks and see if you can spot some of the wonderful wildlife they’re home to - hundreds of insects, birds and even Leisler's bats if you’re lucky enough to see one.
Have a bit more time on your hands? Take on the Wildwood Trail and explore the different landscapes and habitats throughout the area. You’re bound to see a whole host of wildlife on this trail. One of the longer walks, at 2 hours 30 minutes, it’s perfect for adventures.
Wollaton Park Walk
A mix of nature and urban life, this walk takes you just outside of Nottingham city to Wollaton Park. Proudly home to the magnificent Wollaton Hall and its rich history, you’ll find Elizabethan architecture and stunning autumnal wildlife.
Starting here you make your way to Martin’s Pond nature reserve where you’ll be able to spot an abundance of wildlife, from frogs and mallards to green woodpeckers and herons. Here you’ll make your way between nature reserves, ending up at Harrison's Plantation Nature Reserve. Smaller, but just as teeming with wildlife as Martin’s Pond, this little gem tucked away from the city life is a great escape to potter around in.
It’s back on the tarmac for a short amount of time before you return to Wollaton Park. Rest your legs in the café or take a final stroll around the museum before heading home. Don’t forget your wellies if it’s been raining though, or you might be in for a soggy surprise!
There’s a huge variety of events and shows throughout the year so take a look before you visit to see what’s on in the area.
Clumber Park Walk
An easy 45-minute walk that takes in the sights of the old country estate, stunning chapel, pleasure ground, lake, and walled garden.
As with many other nature reserves, there’s plenty of wildlife for you to spot along the way. Why not make a list of local wildlife in the area and see how many you can tick off during the walk? Hire a bike if you want to cover more ground. Make sure to stop off in the café and check out the discovery centre.
River Trent Walk in Gunthorpe
Being the third-longest river in the UK, you won’t manage to walk the whole thing unless you have a few days to spare, but you can certainly see some of the locks during a short walk. This is one of the easier tracks in the area, but there’s plenty of opportunities to take a break along the river, whether it’s a quick coffee stop, or a spot of lunch—you won’t struggle to find somewhere to put your feet up along the way.
The Robin Hood Way
If you want to make a weekend of it, the Robin Hood Way is a long-distance trail which takes you through some of the most famous locations linked to the legend of, you guessed it, Robin Hood. At over 100 miles in total, it’s not doable in one day, but you can turn it into a multi-day walk or jump onto a section near you.
You’ll find a mix of different landscapes, scenery and difficulty levels across the route making it perfect if you’re up for a challenge. If not, choose to start at one of the many hand-picked locations across the route and join one of the circular options.
Some key locations include; Nottingham Castle; Jerusalem Inn; The Great Marketplace; and The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Encompassing most of the areas already mentioned above, this is the perfect way to discover this wonderful county and the legends of Robin Hood.
There you have it. A mix of walking trails to discover, whether you’re visiting Nottingham for the first time, a frequent traveller, or just a local looking for somewhere new.
Ye Olde Bell is less than a 30-minute drive from arguably the most famous of all Robin hood locations, Sherwood Forest. So, if you want to end your day of adventure with a relaxing spa treatment and restful night’s sleep – this is the place.