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A black and white sepia photograph of a group of soldiers in dress uniforms, the 206th Battalion at Clumber Park in 1913
The 206th Battalion at Clumber Park in 1913 | © National Trust
Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire

Clumber on the war path circular walk

This walk is dedicated to the men of Clumber who served and died in the Great War (1914–1918). It follows a circuit that takes in both sides of Clumber Lake, woodland, heathland and the war memorial.

Remembering our heroes of the First World War

The Look Out For sections on our walking trails usually highlight points of interest along the route. However, for this walk, each one remembers one of the men who worked on the Clumber estate for the Duke of Newcastle and lost their lives while serving their country.

Total steps: 14

Total steps: 14

Start point

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

Step 1

Leave the Turning Yard and head towards the shop. Go through the door in the wall and exit through the wooden gates to the left of the shop. Turn right and cross the road.

Step 2

Keeping to the right-hand side of the road, head up the slight incline towards the cricket pitch, which will come into view around the bend.

Step 3

Keeping the cricket pitch on your right-hand side, head for the wooden cricket pavilion. Walk along the path at the rear of the building and past the practice nets. Continue alongside the road for around 165yd (150m).

Step 4

At the junction, carry straight on, past the Garden Tea House and the estate office buildings on your right. This section of road is free of cars apart from estate vehicles.

People queuing outside a tall red brick building, the Garden Tea House at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Visitors outside the former Head Gardener's House, now the Garden Tea House, at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Step 5

Continue along the road as it turns from tarmac to red shale and pass our event field on your right. You'll soon reach a log barrier across the track. Walk around this and through an area of recently felled woodland, which is being restored to a natural broadleaved woodland after commercial use. At a junction of tracks, take the path in front of you and walk down the hill under the power lines towards the lake. Cross the lake via the causeway and rejoin the tarmac road, which bears to the right. Follow the road up the hill through the trees.

Step 6

At the top of the hill, turn right towards the wooden bus shelter. A short distance after this on the left is the Clumber Park War Memorial, with the names of those who gave their lives. Once you're ready to move on, head through Hardwick Village and continue towards Hardwick Grange Farm at the bottom of the hill.

Step 7

At the bottom of the hill, bear left at the junction and follow the sign pointing to the ford.

Step 8

When you reach the ford, cross over the footbridge. Look out for large fish patrolling the shallows. Carry on along the road to the junction at the brow of the hill. Turn right along the road.

Step 9

Walk past Cabin Hill House on your left and, 55yd (50m) later, a green electricity substation. In another 55yd (50m), turn right onto a track into woodland. This is Tank Wood. Follow the track along the hedge line next to the field for 550yd (500m). At the bottom of the hill, turn left through the trees and climb the short incline to reach the top of the dam wall. You are now on the lakeside path. Stay on this path with the lake on your right. It will take you through a variety of habitats.

Step 10

You'll reach an ornate temple on your left. Continue for a further 109yd (100m) then take the cycle path to the left. Follow this for about 20 metres, going through a kissing gate then taking a grass path to the right. Stay on his path until you reach a heavily used path bearing right. Walk down the hill, passing an information board about Sherwood Forest. Cross over the heathland towards the kissing gate ahead of you and go through it. Follow the path up a slight incline and bear left after about 33yd (30m). Keeping the woodland plantation to your left, you'll soon exit the paddock and reach Drayton Road.

Step 11

Turn right onto the road, heading towards Clumber Bridge. The road is open to traffic so take care. As you follow the road, the view across the parkland opens up with views towards the chapel and other buildings.

Step 12

Cross Clumber Bridge, go down the left-hand fork in the road and continue for 33yd (30m). Take the road to the left, walking around the log barrier, and follow it for around 550yd (500m) until you reach Lime Tree Avenue.

An ornate arched stone bridge across a lake at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Clumber Bridge, spanning the lake at Cumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Step 13

Take a sharp right turn onto Lime Tree Avenue and walk between the two rows of mature trees. As you continue along the avenue, the larger trees planted in 1840 will give way to the much younger ones planted in 1994 to mark the National Trust's centenary. At the next road junction, take another sharp right, walk around the log barrier and go down the left-hand fork in the road. Continue along this road and straight over at the next crossroads. Be careful of road traffic here.

Step 14

Once you pass the woodland on your right, the views start to open up again as you head back to your starting point at the heart of Clumber. Follow the road for 220yd (200m). When you reach the post and rail fence ahead of you, bear left and keep the fence on your right. Go past the toilet block on your left and back into the Turning Yard, where you can pick up refreshments at the café or shop.

End point

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

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map route for Clumber on the War Path walk
The Clumber on the War Path walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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