Take the bus and discover Clumber Park
In the park you'll discover different habitats, a rich variety of wildlife and more than 200 species of trees and learn about the fascinating history of the park.
Enjoy a great day out at Clumber
The walk starts and finishes at bus stops on the B6034 just outside the boundary of Clumber Park. The first part of the walk takes you to the lake and visitor facilities. From here you go into quieter parts of the park taking in Clumber's famous Lime Tree Avenue. There's lots to see and do so why not make a day of it?
Piper Lodge bus stop B6034, grid ref: SK605734
Take the public bridleway sign on the opposite side of the road from Piper Lodge. If you've travelled from Nottingham take care crossing the busy B6034. Follow the bridleway for approximately 0.3 miles (0.5km) passing Manor Farm and Carburton Church.
At the road junction beware of traffic as you cross the road and turn left to walk along the grass verge. After about 360yd (330m) you'll reach Carburton Lodge and the entrance to Clumber park. Walk over Carburton Bridge and take the first road on your right (Clumber cycle route marker 22). After the wooden barrier the road is usually car free.
At the crossroads beware of traffic as you turn right and walk to Clumber Bridge. Take care as you cross the road to take in the lovely view of the lake and a glimpse of the chapel. Go back to the end of the bridge and immediately look for a path on your right which takes you down into woodland. You pass Clumber Grotto and soon you'll see the lake on your right. The path bears right through the trees and after a short walk uphill you reach a road where you turn right.
Clumber Bridge and Grotto
Clumber Bridge was designed by Stephen Wright and built in 1770 in the Palladian style. In 1774 the River Poulter was damned to create an 87 acre lake which is now home to many water birds and dragonflies. In the 1900s the cascade and grotto were created as ornamental features. Later a more practical role was fulfilled when a turbine was installed to provide water for the house.
Walk along this usually car free road and after about ¼ mile (0.4km) follow it round to the left. At the signpost turn right into the Turning Yard to find the visitor facilities which include toilets, café, shop and information point, plant and book sales and the Discovery Centre. Allow plenty of time to explore the pleasure grounds, find out about the history of Clumber and why the mansion was demolished. Don't forget to make use of the visitor facilities before carrying on with the walk.
The pleasure grounds were designed for walking, picnicking, boating and reading. The 2nd Duke of Newcastle laid out the gardens in the late 1700s and planted exotic trees collected from North America. Ornamental statues and classical temples added to the grandeur. Apart from boating, all the above activities can still be enjoyed here today.
The walk continues from the Turning Yard. Follow the sign for the lake, mansion site and pleasure grounds. Walk across the grass towards the lake and just before you reach the water turn left to walk along the lakeside path.
At the end of the path you reach metal railings and the derelict site of the boat house. Turn left along a path that goes through the trees. Where you meet another path turn right. Go through the stone archway and metal gate and continue straight ahead. In a short distance you walk between two stone pillars and go up into Ash Tree Hill Wood. You are now on one of the many cycles tracks in the park which have blue numbered markers; this one is number 8.
At a cross road of tracks you carry straight on downhill. Just after a wooden barrier you reach a road. Take care as you cross the road and continue in the same direction along another track. You're now following cycle route marker 16.
At the next wooden barrier take care crossing the road and carry straight on still following cycle route marker 16. In approximately ¼ mile (0.4km) you pass three wooden stumps and arrive at Lime Tree Avenue. Beware of traffic as you cross the road to another track and continue with cycle route marker 16.
Lime Tree Avenue
Between 1840 and 1860 Lime Tree Avenue was planted and is now the longest double lime tree avenue in Europe. In the spring and early summer the blossom has a glorious scent and in the autumn the leaves turn a lovely pale gold.
At a junction of tracks with an information board carry straight ahead following cycle route marker 17. After approximately 20yd (18m) the track divides. Take the left fork and continue to follow cycle route marker 17. In about ¼ mile (0.4km) you reach a T junction of paths where you turn right. You have now picked up cycle route marker 18.
After about a mile (1.6km) you reach a dark green National Cycle Network millennium milepost. Here you turn left to follow cycle route marker 19 and National Cycle Network route 6.
Continue on this track until you reach a road where you turn right and walk along the grass verge to Truman's Lodge. Beware of traffic as you walk under the archway. Walk along the right side of the road for about 300yd (135m) until you see a Public Bridleway sign. Take care as you cross the road to follow the bridleway. (Truman's Lodge gates are open 8am to 7pm. If you arrive at the gates and they are closed retrace your steps and look out for a narrow path on the left, midway between Truman's Lodge and the pay point. Follow this path through the trees and after approximately 150yd (275m) you'll come to a road. Turn left and it will bring you to the road on the other side of Truman's Lodge. Please note the path through the trees is not maintained.)
In about ½ mile (0.8km) you'll reach the B6034. Turn right and follow the footpath to the Clumber Road bus stop where you get the bus to Nottingham via Ollerton or take great care crossing the busy road for the bus to Worksop. Hopefully you've timed it just right!
Clumber Road bus stop, grid ref: SK595761
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