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Two walkers beside lake in the grounds at Clumber Park with temple folly visible on a hill across the water
Autumn view of Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor
Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire

Clumber Park history walk

This short, circular walk around Clumber Park is perfect for families, pushchairs and wheelchairs. Discover glimpses of the estate's history and look out for wildlife along the way.

Uncover Clumber's history

Clumber was the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle and, although the mansion was demolished in 1938, the chapel, pleasure ground, lake and walled garden remain as clues to its grand past.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

National Trust car park, grid ref: SK625745

Step 1

On leaving the car park follow the signs for the shop and restaurant.

Step 2

Head through the yew hedge to the mansion site, where flagstones mark its outline.

Step 3

Follow a path to the chapel, bearing right at the junction immediately after.

Step 4

On your left is a mock temple, built in 1784 for the 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Note the contrast between this temple and one on the opposite bank of the lake; one is Roman in style, the other Greek Doric.

Step 5

Follow the central path through the pleasure ground.

Step 6

Leave through the stone gateway at the end of the path. Head towards Ash Tree Hill Wood, peculiarly named as there isn't a single Ash tree in it. On your left and right is Cow Pasture Field, where Bronze Age flints were found. These show that people used this land long before the Dukes.

Step 7

Continue through the woodland. When you reach the crossroads, turn left, following the red shale track.

Step 8

After the buildings turn left at the junction. Continue along the roadway and through Leaping Bar Wood, passing Central Bark on your left.

Step 9

Once through the gates ahead, bear right back past the chapel to the main visitor facilities.

End point

Main visitor facilities

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map showing a short circular walking route around Clumber Park
Clumber Park history walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3BE

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