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Tranquil waterfall at Clumber Park
A tranquil waterfall at Clumber Park | © National Trust Images/Sarah and David
Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire

The Robin Hood Way at Clumber Park

The Robin Hood Way is a 105-mile-long route across Nottinghamshire, which enters Clumber Park twice as it winds itself through the county. This walk will take you along the Way and through a mixture of habitats including woodland, parkland and heathland, while offering memorable views of Clumber from several vantage points.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

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

Step 1

Starting from the accessible car park (opposite the Cycle Hub), follow the signposts towards the Turning Yard. Once into this area, head towards the lake, entering the Pleasure Grounds. On arrival at the lake turn left with the lake on your right and continue along this path to the end of the Pleasure Grounds (your are now on the Robin Hood Way). Once at the end you will see an inlet with black iron railings round it: this used to be the boat dock where the Dukes of Newcastle kept two scale frigates. Reaching this point turn left along the path through the trees, bearing right and you will soon notice a stone archway in front of you. This is the Rusticated Arch.

Step 2

After going through the archway, continue for around 100 metres and on reaching the woodland and the two stone pillars turn right, following the Lakeside walk, with the grass field on your right-hand side. Follow this path as it follows the woodland edge and then meets the lake edge. Continue with the lake on your right and onto towards the causeway. This area is known as Heron Point.

Step 3

Continue along this path. Turn right at the junction towards Hardwick village (signposted on the finger post). Beware of any estate vehicles on this short section. Cross the causeway and take the right fork and continue with the lake on your right hand side, along the lakeside path.

Step 4

As you reach Lake Brew, turn left alongside the toilets and head into the car park. Once in the car park walk straight on with the farm buildings on your right. As you walk along, the estate village of Hardwick can be seen on your left, once the home to many workers on the Clumber estate. This section of the walk is along roads so be careful of vehicles. Continue along the road with the farm on your right and head downhill towards the ford. Cross the ford by the footbridge and go up the hill for around 200 metres. You will soon arrive at a bridleway on your left which crosses the field, follow this route.

Step 5

As you cross the field take the opportunity to look behind you at the view across the park, this being one of the highest points on Clumber. Continue across the field and leave via two hand gates (separating a small plantation from the field). Cross over the road and take the red surface path opposite, with a woodland on your left and a grass paddock on your right. You will soon reach another road: cross over it (red borders path) and continue through the woodland, going left at the fork on the path. You have now left the first section of the Robin Hood Way, which will be re-joined shortly.

Step 6

You will soon reach an intersection of paths. Turn right and follow the path. You have now left Clumber and walking back on the Robin Hood Way. Continue along this path for around 1.5 miles. This track has trees on either side of it. Once you start to enter back into woodland look out for the first right turn back into Clumber (red borders and Clumber sign).

Step 7

Look out for the National Trust signposts and one of our information boards. Follow the path round to the tarmac road. On reaching the road turn right. Take a glance to your left and you will notice the greyhound gates which used to lead into the neighbouring estate of Thoresby. After a short distance walking along the road take the first right going around the wooden barrier. After 100 metres take the next left (at post), This is Beech Avenue, and after a while you will soon start to notice the copper beech trees on your way down towards the lake.

Step 8

When you reach the end of the avenue you will see the 18th-century ornamental bridge which spans the lake. Head over the bridge and take in the views from both sides of it. Once over it take the left fork in the road and walk straight on towards the barrier in the road and continue along this road.

Step 9

You'll soon reach reach Lime Tree Avenue, which is 3.5 miles long and contains 1,846 trees. The trees in this section were planted in 1995 to commemorate the National Trust's centenary. When you reach the road turn right, then first left at the staggered crossroads. You will walk past a wooden barrier. After a short distance you'll reach a cattle grid with a gate on the left: use the gate to enter a livestock grazing area. During summer you will find sheep and cattle grazing this area – a sign will be on the gate if any are present. Carry on along this road until you reach the end of it after about one mile.

Step 10

At the end of the road you will reach a wooden barrier. Go past this and turn left. Follow the road, taking care as this is a busy road. After 200 metres (past the entrance to Clumber Cottage) you will come to a path on the right with wooden bollards across it. Head down this path. Eventually you will get to a sculpture. This sculpture is part of the National Cycle Route which runs through Clumber. At this part turn right and follow the track for 3/4 mile.

Step 11

At the end of the track you will come out at the mature section of Lime Tree Avenue, whose trees were planted in the 1820s. Head straight across the road, past the admission point and continue along towards the main visitor facilitates. Take care as this road can be very busy at times.

Step 12

Continuing along this road you will walk past a wooden bus shelter. As you get further into the centre of the park you will find it will open up into grassland. On your left you'll see the cricket pitch and pavilion. You are now reaching the end of the walk, so why not head towards the café for well-earned cup of tea and slice of cake.

End point

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

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map route for Clumber Park The Robin Hood Way walk
Clumber Park's Robin Hood Way walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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