Walking

Walking trail

Clumber’s walk for all seasons

Walking trail

This gentle walk has varied landscapes and takes you through woodland and across heathland. The start and finish of the walk is along a usually car free road from which there are glimpses of the lake.

An easy walk with plenty to see whatever the season

Depending on the season you'll see bluebells in the woods and heather on the heathland. Here you may be lucky enough to see jays and green woodpeckers searching for bugs. Near the end of the walk a short detour takes you to Clumber Bridge with a lovely view of the lake and chapel. Along the route there are numerous species of trees which in the autumn guarantees a wonderful display of colour.

Common blue butterfly, Clumber

Map

Map route for Clumber's walk for all seasons

Start:

National Trust Clumber Park main car park, grid ref: SK625746

1

Leave the main car park and follow the signs for the café and toilets which take you past the shop and plant sales and through the Turning Yard with the clock tower on your left.

2

Go past the toilets and at the signpost (*) follow the path to the left towards the lakeside. (If the Turning Yard is closed, return to the road and turn left to follow the number 2 cycle trail until you reach the signpost *)

3

Follow the path as it bears right and becomes a road that is usually car free. The lake is now on your left.

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4

In about 0.25 miles (0.4km) you'll reach a wooden barrier. Continue until you get to the cross roads. Beware of traffic from left and right as you go straight across the road and carry on in the same direction.

5

After approximately 400 yds (365 metres) take the first clear path/track on the right and follow this for a short distance until you come to a stile on your left at the side of a gate.

6

Go over the stile and follow the obvious path straight ahead across heath land to another stile. (To avoid the stiles and livestock which may be grazing on the heath land walk past the stile and keeping the fence on your left follow it round the edge of the heath land/field. You will pass two more stiles and when you reach the third stile pick up the directions from the second sentence of point 7. This will add about 0.50 of a mile/ 0.8 km to the walk and there's a short slight uphill gradient. There's a bench seat part way round where you can have a sit down and see if you can spot a green woodpecker).

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7

Climb over the stile and turn left following the fence. Just before a bench seat turn right on a path through the trees to a road.

8

Turn left by the wooden barrier and where the road splits take the right fork. You're now walking towards Clumber Bridge which comes into view after approximately a third of a mile (480 metres).

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9

Before reaching the bridge you come to another wooden barrier where you turn left for a short distance to reach a road junction. Beware traffic from both directions.

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10

At the junction turn right and look out on the left for a wooden barrier and a track which are both set back from the road. Follow this track down towards the lake and Clumber Grotto. (If you wish to visit the grotto and bridge turn right. From the bridge there is a splendid view down the lake towards the chapel. Return to the grotto to continue the walk *).

11

Near the grotto you turn left to (*) follow the path through the trees and up the hill to the road and wooden barrier.

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12

Turn right and make your way back via the café, where you can get a good cup of tea and something yummy and have a look round the shop and plant sales before returning to the car park.

End:

National Trust Clumber Park main car park, grid ref: SK625746

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Clumber’s walk for all seasons

Terrain

Clear paths through woodland and across heathland. Some walking on roads; the longer sections are usually car free. There are slight to moderate uphill and downhill gradients. Some of the terrain is uneven and there are 2 stiles. Alternative directions are provided which avoid the stiles.

Clumber’s walk for all seasons

Contact us

Clumber’s walk for all seasons

How to get here

Address
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’s walk for all seasons

Facilities and access

  • Accessible toilets, café, shop, plant sales and cycle hire available at Clumber Park