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Southern landscape at Clumber
Southern landscape at Clumber | © Steve Bradley
Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire

A glimpse of southern Clumber

This walk is mainly through woodland and agricultural land in some of the quieter parts of Clumber. It finishes by the lakeside and is perfect for a evening sunset. You'll be introduced to historic aspects of the park as well as its natural habitats providing a haven for many species of flora and fauna.

Total steps: 14

Total steps: 14

Start point

From the Clock Tower in the Turning Yard within the main visitor facilities.

Step 1

From the Clock Tower, head across the Turning Yard and past the toilets on your right and follow the path, turning left towards the lake.

Step 2

Follow the path as it bears right. The lake is now on your left.

Step 3

In about ¼ mile (0.4 km) you'll reach a sign. Immediately before this turn left on to a wide path which goes downhill through woodland eventually passing the Clumber Grotto. Follow the path to the right at the signpost and where the brick Pump House is directly in front of you. On reaching the road beware of any cyclists and estate vehicles. Turn left to go over Clumber Bridge and take the right fork in the road. Immediately on your left is a wooden barrier and you take the obvious track going into woodland (Beech Drive).

Step 4

After approximately ¾ mile (1.2km) you reach a T-junction with another track where you turn left and follow it for about 1.5 miles (2.4km). Eventually you'll hear the traffic on the A614.

Step 5

At the junction with a red shale cycle track turn left.

Step 6

After a few hundred yards you'll reach a tarmac road with Drayton Gate on your left. Cross the road and continue on the cycle track.

Step 7

Soon you reach another tarmac road with Normanton Gate on your right; through the gate you can see the Clumber Hotel. Cross the road and go through the gate onto a bridleway which crosses farmland. Soon you'll be walking alongside woodland which you shortly leave behind to follow the bridleway diagonally downhill through a field to Hardwick village with a view of the lake and weir. Go through the gate onto the road. Look out for cyclists and estate vehicles.

Step 8

Turn right and walk down to the ford across the River Poulter. Cross the footbridge and continue up the road towards the village, passing farm buildings on the left.

Step 9

As the road bends right, turn left following signs for the toilets. Ahead are more farm buildings and an information board. Follow the tarmac path (signed public toilets) which goes between the information board and the farm buildings. Walk past the toilets to reach the lakeside path and turn right, passing Lake Brew, a food & beverage outlet.

Step 10

After approximately ¼ mile (0.4km) you'll reach a tarmac road, turn left.

Step 11

After about 100yd (90m) turn left on to a path with the main lake on your left. Go across the Causeway between the main lake and the lower lake. When you reach the signpost for the Lakeside Walk/Laundry Yard/Turning Yard, turn left to follow the lakeside path through the woodland.

Step 12

In approximately ¾ mile (1.2km) the path leaves the lakeside and runs along the edge of a field.

Step 13

At a junction with a path on the right, turn left and after a short distance you'll reach a stone gateway with an iron gate. Go through the gate (which is the entrance to the Pleasure Grounds) and by walking more or less straight ahead you will reach the lake, turn right onto Lincoln Terrace.

Step 14

Follow the terrace, which takes you along the lakeside. Eventually you'll see the chapel, which is well worth a visit. Otherwise continue along the terrace until you reach the end of the path. From here walk diagonally right across the grass to some steps that lead up to the site of Clumber House, which was demolished in 1938. Straight ahead of you are the visitor facilities with a café, Discovery Centre, visitor information point and shop. Why not treat yourself to a well earned cup of tea and piece of cake, browse around the shop and plant sales.

End point

Turning Yard

Trail map

Map route for a glimpse of southern Clumber walk
Map route for a glimpse of southern Clumber walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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