Clumber Park lakeside cycle trail
Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3AZRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Get on your bike and explore this amazing landscaped park, once home to the Dukes of Newcastle. As you cycle around the 87-acre (35.2ha) serpentine lake you’ll pass beautiful trees teeming with wildlife. This 5 mile (8km) trail is part of a 20 mile (32.1km) cycle network around Clumber, which you can explore for yourself by hiring a bike from our cycle hire centre or by bringing your own.
- Bus stop
Start: Clumber cycle hire centre, grid ref: SK625745
Follow the blue arrows and numbered posts 1 to 8, and 1 again so that your route is circular. From the cycle hire centre head towards the main visitor facilities, then continue on the road bearing left towards the bridge. Keep on the hard surfaced track that swings right. On your right is the Pinetum.
To show off their power and wealth in the days of the Dukes, the rich had their gardens planted with exotic species from around the world. At Clumber these were the Pleasure Ground and Pinetum. The Seventh Duke had the Pinetum planted in the 1890s to display exotic conifers, including the Blue Douglas Fir and Veitchs Silver Fir. How many different species can you spot on your ride around Clumber today?
Continue on the track until you reach the crossroads, then turn left. The road narrows towards Clumber Bridge so be careful of vehicles.
In the 1760s the Duke of Newcastle employed Stephen Wright to design his new home. The house, lake, driveways and even tree planting were all designed to complement each other. The magnificent centre piece, the lake, was created by damming the River Poulter in 1772 and, including building the ornamental bridges and cascade, it took fifteen years and cost £6,612 8s 9d a lot of money in those days.
Once over the bridge take the left into the car park. You can hear the tumbling water from the elegant cascade. Continue on the red shale path along the lakeside.
A ferry used to take the Dukes family and guests across the lake to make the most of tea in the afternoon sun. You can still find the remains of one of the ferry docks across the lake from the ornamental gun battery.
On the bank opposite the chapel, where Clumber House once stood, look out for the ferry dock remains. Just past here bear right along the red shale path and through the gate, with the wire fence on your left. This lowland heath is one of Clumbers most precious habitats. Once common throughout the Sherwood area, this remaining tiny fragment is home to an amazing array of wildlife; you can find out more in the conservation centre about how we care for this. Leave this area of heath through another gate.
During the 19th century, Hardwick village was designed and developed as a model village to house estate workers. As well as attractive cottages the village also had a post office, school and chantry where choir boys from the chapel stayed. With the estate being largely self-sufficient Hardwick Grange Farm and a number of workshops, including carpenters and blacksmiths, were housed on the estate. If you take a peek inside the chapel some of the attractive metalwork you can find inside was made in these workshops.
Continue on the track up on top of the dam. Look out for the beautiful vista.
Head right just before the toilets. Cross the car park, turning left at the road through Hardwick village.
Leaving Hardwick, on your right, youll pass the War Memorial. Commissioned by the Seventh Duke for our countrymen and allies who gave their lives in the Great War, it has engraved on its side the names of the 24 men from the Clumber estate who gave their lives in both World Wars. On the opposite side of the road are the now redundant kennels. These were built for the Seventh Duchess, complete with a hospital. In the 1890s it would have been a noisy place housing over 90 dogs, including Clumber Spaniels and Russian Wolfhounds. Turn left past the bus shelter, taking care on this narrow road.
Once over the tarmac causeway, turn left along the red shale track up through Ash Tree Hill Wood. Go straight across the crossroads at the top of the hill. Once at the bottom follow the red shale path right alongside the events field.
Pass the walled kitchen garden on your right before returning to the cycle hire centre. Grab a yummy ice-cream, or a cuppa and piece of cake from the café.
End: Clumber cycle hire centre, grid ref: SK625745
- Trail: Cycling
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 5 miles (8km)
- Time: 30 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 120, Explorer 270
All hard surfaces and woodland paths. Suitable for all types of cycles. Take care on all roads. Please dismount at road junctions and steep hills when cycling with young children. Take care with speed on slopes and in limited visibility, especially in adverse weather conditions.
- How to get here:
By bike: NCN route 6 runs close by. See sustrans website
By bus: Stagecoach 233 from Nottingham (Sunday), Stagecoach 33 Worksop–Nottingham, alight Carburton, 0.75 mile (1.2km)
By train: Worksop 4.5 miles (7.2km), Retford 6.5 miles (10.5km)
By car: 4.5 miles (7.2km) south-east of Worksop, 1 mile (1.6km) from A1/A57, 11 miles (17.7km) from M1 exit 30
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