Clumber Park Curiosities Walk Longer Version

Walking trail

A 7.5 mile route on good paths that visits both familiar and not so familiar features in the park. These cover the time when the park was a ducal estate and used as a munitions store during World War 2.

Glasshouse at Clumber Park

Map

Map for Clumber long curiosities walk

Start:

Clumber Park Main Car Park

1

Leave the main car park and follow the signs for the café and toilets which take you past the shop and plant sales, situated in the old Laundry Cottage, (1) and through to the Turning Yard. Go through the hedge and continue along the path (past the Duke’s Study). Very soon you will see the Parsonage (2) on your left.

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Tha Parsonage around 1960

2

Follow the path as it bears left in front of the Chapel. Immediately after the chapel turn right. Follow this path past the Roman Temple (3) and if you look across the lake you’ll see the Greek Temple. Continue, ignoring paths off to the right, to a T junction of paths at the far end of the Pleasure Grounds. Here turn right and follow the path to the lake and turn left to walk down the steps to the iron railings. This is the Boat House and Dock (4).

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3

Go back up the steps and follow the lakeside path until on your left you come to the Gun Battery (5).

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The Gun Battery with Clumber house in the background.

4

Head across the grass towards the visitor facilities which you’ll see on your right. On your left is the site of Clumber House. The outline of the house is laid out in stone in the grass. Go into the turning yard by the café. Here turn left, follow the path past the toilets and turn left again. Follow the road, which is usually car free, as it bears right. At a wooden barrier, just before a small parking area, turn left onto a path which goes downhill through woodland. This leads to the Grotto (6). Leave the Grotto and go back to the path, turn left and head to a road. Once you reach the road Clumber Bridge will be to your left.

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Clumber House from Clumber Bridge

5

Turn right and follow this road as it bears right. Go past a red signpost. This road is often busy so walk with care on the verge. Keep following this road until it goes slightly downhill and you come to a cross roads and another red signpost. Turn left going round a wooden barrier to follow this road. After about 100m look out for a path on the right. Take this path and you’ll soon see a fence on your left hand side.

6

Follow this track for about 400m until the fence on your left hand side ends at a junction of tracks. Immediately before this junction take a path on the right through the grove of yew trees. You will pass two huge sweet chestnut trees with distinctive twisted bark; take note of these as they will be useful landmarks when you retrace your steps. Continue through the trees and after about 100m bear diagonally left and you will notice some scattered stonework in front of you. This marks the entrance to the Icehouse (7), a few metres further on is an information board about the icehouse. Retrace your steps to the fence and track junction.

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Estate workers gathering ice on Clumber Lake.

7

Turn right and continue along the path you were on previously until you reach a road, this is the main route to the Car Park so take care. Turn right and follow this road as it bears left to the car park and the Cycle Hire (8) facilities Go past the cycle hire, when the road bears left continue straight on to a gravel path. Just before the gates turn left up Cedar Avenue. You will see the greenhouses of the Walled Kitchen Garden (9) ahead of you.

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The Cycle Hub at Clumber Park was once the Duke's Garage

8

At the iron gates turn left and follow the path round the wall to the Basecamp. At the Basecamp follow the path past a wooden barrier to a road. Turn right and take a path immediately on your right passing Central Bark café and follow a sign to toilets into a small car park. Here you turn left and after a short distance on the right is the entrance to the Walled Kitchen Garden and the Garden Tea House (10).

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9

Take care as you leave the car park and continue to the road where you turn left. The road eventually becomes a track and after about 350m you’ll reach a wooden barrier and a sign for the Bird Hide. Continue straight on and go straight on at a cross road of tracks. Almost immediately take the first track on the right. Where this track forks take the left fork down to the lakeside track and turn left. As the lakeside track bends sharply to the left you will see a faint path on the right, turn down this path. You will see a large log and some smaller logs. Go diagonally right in front of the smaller logs continuing towards the lake. About five metres before you get to the lakeshore you will notice a large paved area. This is the remains of a WW2 site for a searchlight/anti-aircraft gun (11).

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10

Retrace your steps to the lakeside track, turn right and follow the track until you come to a cross road of tracks. Here turn left and, after about 150 meters on your left and shortly before a telegraph pole, you will see the Mirbeck Evergreen Oak (12). Retrace your steps, follow the track down and cross the causeway. At the end of the causeway turn right and at the end of the fence line turn right to walk through a small parking area.

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11

Follow this track with the lake on your right. Look out on the left for a corrugated iron building which was the village hall for Hardwick village. Continue towards Hardwick at the head of the lake where there are toilets and usually a pop up café. Cross the bridge over the weir. Notice the strip of green matting on the left hand side of the weir which allows eels into and out of the lake. Continue along the lakeside track. After some time you will reach the Greek Temple (13). Looking across the lake you can see the Pleasure Grounds with the features you walked past earlier.

12

Continue along the track until you come to a wooden barrier and a car parking area. Walk through the car park and you will notice the Cascade (14) on your right with Clumber Bridge ahead of you. Turn right over the Bridge taking care as this is often busy. Take the path immediately on the right leading into woodland and down towards the Grotto. Walk past the Grotto and continue on the path to the road where you turn right. Follow this back to the visitor facilities.

End:

Clumber Park Visitor Facilities

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How to get here

Address
Clumber Park Main Car Park
By road

4.5 miles SE of Worksop

6.5 miles SW of Retford

1 mile from A1/A57

11 miles from M1 Junction 30

Signposted from A614 and B6034 

Clumber Park Curiosities Walk Longer Version

Facilities and access

  • Car Park. Cafe and toilets in visitor facilities.