A tale of two bridges - North West Clumber
A walk through North West Clumber with views of two bridges. 7.5 miles (12 km.) long. Good paths but can be muddy in places.
Clumber Park main car park.
Starting from the main car park follow the signs for the visitor facilities (shop, café and toilet).
Clumber Park Shop.
The shop and plant sales are situated in the Laundry Yard at Clumber Park. The Chapel can be glimpsed in the background.
From the shop follow the signs for the toilets and after passing these turn left. Continue on the path as it goes round to the right and becomes a road, which is usually car free. Notice the lake which is now on your left.
Immediately before a wooden barrier turn left onto a path which goes downhill through woodland. This takes you past Clumber Grotto. On reaching the road (beware of traffic). Look to your left and you will see Clumber Bridge. Cross the road and turn right and walk about 100 metres to a road on your left. Turn left and follow this road to its junction with Lime Tree Avenue. Look to your left to see Carburton Bridge.
Cross the road where you will see cycle post 21 and cycle track marker 20. Follow this track for nearly 3 km. until you reach a T junction with a surfaced road (Clumber Lane). On the way you will pass a disused pit (now overgrown) on your right as you cross the first of the two valleys.
At the junction with Clumber Lane turn left and walk under the archway of Trumans Lodge and immediately right onto a quiet metalled road. Follow this for about 500 metres until you reach a track that crosses the road. Turn right here by a green metal barrier and a “Robin Hood Way” waymark.
Take the path immediately on your left, this enters woodland. Continue straight on, across a number of path junctions, for 2 km. this path becomes cycle route 14. After glimpsing the caravan site on your right you will reach a T junction with a metalled road.
Turn right and follow the road to a cross roads passing the caravan entrance on your right. At the road junction cross the road (Lime Tree Avenue), turn right and pass through the first row of low wooden posts. Follow the path between the lime trees for about 600m. Take the first clear path on the left after the third row of wooden posts.
Clumber Park Lime Tree Avenue.
Lime Tree Avenue is one of the longest double avenues of lime trees in Europe.
Follow the bridle way (cycle route 8), on reaching a fork in the path take the left fork leaving cycle path 8. Cross the metalled road and follow the path until you glimpse the lake, here the path bends sharply to the right.
At a junction with a shale path turn left (to your right is a cycle path 16 sign). Cross the metalled road onto a path signed cycle path 1.
Follow this path uphill through the wood. Go straight over at the track crossroads, pass through the stone pillars turn right. Enter the pleasure grounds through the stone archway ahead and follow the path to the lake. At the lakeside turn right to return to the visitor facilities via Lincoln Terrace.
Clumber Park visitor facilities.
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