The bluebell woods of Clumber

Walking trail

The route starts in Hardwick village and goes through the estate village of Hardwick and into the adjacent woodland.

An easy seasonal walk through ancient woodlands

You walk through this old woodland covered with seasonal bluebells before crossing arable fields and passing the old school house. You then walk down a section of Lime Tree Avenue and through another area of woodland heading towards Clumber Lake. Following the lakeside path will take you back to your starting point.

Clumber bluebells in May


Map for bluebell walk at Clumber Park


Hardwick village, grid ref: SK637755


Make your way from the main visitor car park towards Hardwick village, via the lakeside path. Once there, start with the farm on your right and walk up through the village of Hardwick. The village was originally for the workers on the estate during the time Clumber was owned by the Dukes of Newcastle. Walking through the village, you walk past an old red phone box and a green post box; both are still used. A short distance after the second speed ramp you can see the War Memorial on the right.

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Shortly after the War Memorial take a right turn at a metal public footpath sign which is pointing in the direction you need to walk. If you time it just right and the bluebell is at the height of the flowering season the wonderful scent fills the air. Some of the oak trees in this woodland are around 500 years old and are the remains of a fragment of ancient woodland present before the park was enclosed in 1707. These veteran trees provide home to many species of wildlife from owls and woodpeckers to butterflies. A tree next to the path is a home to more than 300 bats that roost here during the daytime. From dusk these bats feed on insects within the woodland and a single bat can eat 3,000 insects during the night.

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Leaving the fragment of old oak woodland you are now in an area of much younger native trees. Continue along this path towards the open field in the distance.

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When you get to the boundary of the woodland the path goes across a field, just before you get to the field take a quick glance to the left and you’ll see a strip of bluebells running along the field edge. The coppiced trees almost form a tunnel over them. Head towards the school house following a yellow waymarker as the path goes round the fence line and then across the field; still following yellow markers. The path eventually meets up with a limestone farm track. Here you turn left.

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Watch out for traffic on this section of the walk. Continue along the farm track for around ¾ of a mile (1.2 km) until you eventually come to a tarmac road. At this junction carefully cross the road and head downhill. After 200yd (182m) take a clear path on the right. Follow this path downhill to a gate walking through Scots pine woodland. Continue to a path junction with a wooden post (cycle route marker 16) and turn right.

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Continuing along this track and you eventually get to Lime Tree Avenue which has a double row of trees. Here you turn left to walk between the trees. The path goes uphill and as it flattens out you pass a row of wooden stumps. Just after these look out for a wooden swing barrier and a path on the left. Take this path with a clump of large mature beech trees on your right and continue along this wide track back into woodland.

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When you reach the road carefully cross over and head straight into the next woodland. The section of the woodland on your left has a good show of bluebells in spring. The shade cast by the young beech trees help to restrict the growth of bracken and brambles enabling the flowers to become visible. At a fence turn right and follow the fence line to a road. Carefully cross the road and turn left. Take the first track on the right going uphill, following cycle route marker 1.

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At a cross roads of tracks turn left and walk down towards the lake. At the lake carry straight on over a raised causeway. At the road beware of traffic as you walk along it until you reach a small car park on the right. Take care as you walk through the car park with the lake on your right.

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This is the last section of the walk, and takes you back along the lakeside. From here there are good views up the lake towards the chapel or downstream towards farmland and trees in the distance. If you have a pair of binoculars look over the farmland for buzzards soaring above it.


Hardwick village car park, grid ref: SK637755

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The bluebell woods of Clumber


A mixture of woodland paths and tracks with some uneven surfaces across a variety of habitats within Clumber.

The route crosses several roads where you need to take care and be aware of traffic including bikes.

The terrain is mainly flat with some gentle uphill and downhill inclines.

The bluebell woods of Clumber

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The bluebell woods of Clumber

How to get here

Clumber Park, Hardwick Village, 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.

The bluebell woods of Clumber

Facilities and access

  • Parkling and toilet facilities available near Hardwick village