Clumber Park walk

Walking trail

Explore the parkland for yourself on this easy trail to uncover Clumber’s past and enjoy a little wildlife-spotting along the way.

A short history walk ideal for little legs and pushchairs

Clumber was the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle and, although the mansion was demolished in 1938, the chapel, pleasure ground, lake and walled garden remain as clues to its grand past. Today, the National Trust and our local conservation partners care for countless species of flora and fauna here as well as the history.

Cricket pavillion, Clumber Park


Map route for Clumber Park walk


National Trust car park, grid ref: SK625745


On leaving the car park follow the signs for the shop and restaurant.


Can you spot the housemartin nests beneath the eaves of the former stables? In late summer this area is a hive of activity as they gather for their winter migration. Head through the yew hedge to the mansion site, where flagstones mark its outline.


Follow a path to the chapel, bearing right at the junction immediately after.

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On your left is a mock temple, built in 1784 for the 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Note the contrast between this temple and one on the opposite bank of the lake; one is Roman in style, the other Greek Doric. Admire the cedars of Lebanon that tower above and take in the scent of the 'mock orange' shrubs. If you're quiet enough, you might see a scurrying woodmouse.


Follow the central path through the pleasure ground.

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Leave through the stone gateway at the end of the path. Head towards Ash Tree Hill Wood, peculiarly named as there isn't a single Ash tree in it. On your left and right is Cow Pasture Field, where Bronze Age flints were found. These show that people used this land long before the Dukes.

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When walking through the wood, listen out for many birds, including the drumming of greater and lesser-spotted woodpeckers. Explore the dead timber habitat along the path; you may find holes from wood-boring beetles. At the crossroads turn left, following the red shale track.

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After the buildings turn left at the junction. Continue along the roadway and through Leaping Bar Wood, passing The Burrow soft play area on your left.


Once through the gates ahead, bear right back past the chapel to the main visitor facilities. Why not grab lunch or afternoon tea from our café and browse the plant sales and gift shop?


Main visitor facilities

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Paths are flat and wide with a good solid surface. Ideal for families and sturdy pushchairs. Wheelchair users may need assistance on the gradients through Ash Tree Hill Wood and Leaping Bar Wood.

Assistance dogs welcome.

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Clumber Park walk

How to get here

Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ
By train

Worksop Station 4.5 miles (7km).

By road

4.5 miles (7km) south east of Worksop, 6.5 miles (10.5km) south-west of Retford, 1 mile (1.5km) from A1/A57, 11 miles (18km) from M1 exit 30.

By bus

Services from Nottingham and Worksop. Alight at Carburton 2.5 miles (4km).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 6 runs through Clumber between Worksop and Mansfield.

Clumber Park walk

Facilities and access

  • Accessible toilets
  • Café
  • Shop and plant sales
  • Cycle hire
  • Assistance dogs welcome