Well it’s the First walk of the new group, as it’s the Nottingham Sociables, I thought let’s do a walk in Nottingham (shire).
By following in the footsteps of the legend of Nottingham, Robin and his merry men wandered in the woods to the north of Nottingham.
• Along this walk we will come across Thieves wood, which it is suggested that the wood was thought to be once the hideout of ‘thieves and vagabonds’ and was also where timbers were once took in order to build Nottingham Castle.
• We will be passing where Friar Tuck was supposedly one of a series of hermits who lived in a little cell, cave, beside the holy-well at Fountain Dale.
• Also visiting Blidworth which was first recorded as Blideworde in the Doomsday Book and was the home of Maid Marion and where according to the legend, Will Scarlett is buried.
• And seeing Druids Stone - This monumental object is 14ft high, 84ft around the base and has a hollow centre large enough for a man to pass through.
• And other delights along the way.
The route is 60% in woodlands and 40% in the Open, fairly flat route, other than Blidworth is on higher ground and an incline passed the druids stone 1.5 miles from the end.
Meeting point for the beginning of walk, once you turn off the A60 (by turning right if coming from Nottingham) – Portland College for the Disabled – take the first left straight into the car park. There is a gift/coffee shop located in the car park.
And now for the usual:
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
• Walking boots - as being Autumn the ground could be wet and slippery in places.
• Warm clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy, lightweight breathable trousers are better).
• Waterproofs are essential,
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Adequate water or soft drinks
• Hats and gloves are always useful and worth packing in the cooler months,
The route is a well-trodden path an average fitness level would be helpful and a sense of humour is essential,
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, I shall try to arrange it to be near a shop but can’t confirm this as depends on pace and timings. So please be self-sufficient for food and the day.
Complete route is 8.6 miles
Walking at 2 miles per hour
Lunch 45 mins
If leave at 10.30am then should arrive back at the car park at around 4.30pm
At the end there is a coffee shop and a pub not far away, where the option of refreshment and post walk chill out is possible.
Any questions or if help is needed either leave a comment here or my mobile number is:[masked]
For anyone that doesn’t want to drive or hasn’t got a car, you can catch a bus from Victoria Bus Station, Nottingham and there is a bus stop outside Portland College on the main road.
Saturday Bus Service:
Victoria Bus Station, Nottingham City Centre
Bus Bay No. Leaves Arrives
PRONTO 3 09:30 am 10:00 am
PRONTO 3 09:45 am 10:15 am
Return - every 15 minutes from Portland College
Single ticket on Pronto - £3.00
Return ticket - £5.80
Supersavers off peak return ticket - £5.00
Car Users – Its free parking at the college, as turn into sign posted college entrance (turning right from Nottingham off A60) take first left into the car park.