Clumber Park Northern Clumber Heath and Woods
A walk through two different habitats in Northern Clumber. Good paths throughout but can occasionally be muddy in places. 5.5 miles (8.8km)long.
Clumber Park Main Car Park
Start from the car park – walk down towards the lake via the visitor facilities. Go past the toilets turn left and follow the path right as it becomes a road which is usually car free.
The stable block is now used for visitor facilities.
Follow this road until you come to a crossroads. Cross over and take the road opposite (care here). Follow until you come to Lime Tree Avenue. Cross here (busy road take care). Turn right and after a few meters turn left along a tarmac lane (normally traffic free). Cross over a cattle grid.
You will notice an information board about heathland on your left. Just after this on the right follow a grassy track leading uphill into woodland as the path bears left and becomes more distinct. Continue along this path passing through a gate until you reach a road. Turn right here and then left at a wooden barrier. At the T junction with a red shale path turn left (beware of cyclists).
On this section of the walk you may see Longhorn Cattle grazing. This part of Clumber Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the cattle are used to maintain the heathland habitat.
At a path junction marked with cycle path 17 turn right and follow cycle path 17 (involves a left then a right turn) until you reach cycle post 17 (marked with a circular 17).
A woodland path at Clumber Park
A typical path on this wooded section of the walk.
Then follow cycle route 16 markers to post 16. At the T junction turn right and after a few metres turn left at the information board following cycle route 15 markers. Follow this path up a hill and at the first cross roads (at the top of the hill) turn right following cycle route 14 markers. Follow this path to a road—you will notice the caravan site on your right.
Turn right onto the road, walk to the crossroads, passing the caravan site entrance on your right. Cross Lime tree Avenue (great care needed) and turn right following the path between the two avenues of trees Continue until you come to a bridle path on your left it is marked as cycle route 8.
Lime Tree Avenue
This is the longest double lime tree avenue in Europe at just over two miles in length. The avenue was originally planted in the 1840s.
Turn left here and at a fork in the path take the left fork leaving cycle path 8. Cross the road and follow until you glimpse the lake, here the path bends sharply to the right.
The lake took 15 years to dig and covers 87 acres. the River Poulter flows through it.
At a junction with a shale path turn left (to your right is a cycle path 16 sign). Cross the road onto a path signed cycle path1.
Follow this path uphill through the wood. Go straight over at the track crossroads, pass through the stone pillars, turn right and enter the pleasure grounds through a stone archway. Go through the archway and follow the path to the lake. At the lakeside turn right and follow the path with the lake on your left to return to the visitor facilities via Lincoln Terrace.
Walkers in the Pleasure Grounds
Walkers in the Pleasure Grounds approaching the Chapel. You will see the Chapel on your right on this walk.
Clumber Park Main Car Park
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