Archive | May, 2017

Walks in Central Notts – Walk 46: Upton, Southwell and Rolleston along the River Greet

19 May

This is a walk which is mainly around fields and tracks around Upton and Southwell near the river Greet and Southwell racecourse.

Start: The British Horological Institute in the centre of Upton village (about two miles from Southwell on the road from Southwell to Newark). This is merely to serve as a convenient starting point if you are coming by car. There aren’t many good places to park in Upton.  One option is to visit the Horological Institute and use the car park there.  Alternatively you could park at the Cross Keys pub on the right of the main road not far into the village if coming from Southwell if you want to have some refreshment before or after your walk.

There is a bus service hourly from Newark to Southwell through the  village but it only runs in the morning and early afternoon.

Distance:  6.3 miles

Map of the Route

From the Cross Keys walk along the pavement on that side of the road going up the hill towards the Horological Institute.  Look for a road (Church Walk) on the right coming off the main road about 100 yards up from the pub.  If coming from the Horological Institute cross over the main road and go right on the opposite pavement heading down the hill towards Southwell.  Church Walk is on your left from this direction.  Go along Church Walk to the far end where there is a footpath at the end of the cul-de-sac.  This narrow paved path takes you to a gate that leads into the churchyard.  Go through the gate and turn right going slightly downhill towards another gate.

Leave the churchyard by the gate and go down the hill next to a hedge. At the bottom of the hill go through a kissing gate by the hedge and follow the right edge of the field along flat ground to another kissing gate.  Go through this onto a wide bridleway between hedges. Turn right along this track and follow it for 500 yards to the end where it meets a farm road.  There turn left along the road until after 200 yards you go across a bridge over Car Dyke as you head towards Upton Mill.  Just after the bridge go right off the road through a metal kissing gate into a grassy field with horses possibly in it.  Keep to the left side of the field heading to another metal gate not far away.  Keep on in this direction for a short way through a few more small fields and gates until you come to a small bank with a yellow-topped post at the top.  Go to the top of the bank to see the River Greet in front of you. Turn right along the bank for a short way to a hedge and go over a stile at the hedge. In the next field stay on the left following the Greet.  You soon come to a footbridge over the river which you cross.  Once across turn right and follow the other bank of the river Greet in grassy fields for about 600 yards.  The built-up banking is sometimes too high for you to see the river as you stay next to wooden fence posts on your left. The river follows a rather wiggly course but is easy to follow as you just stay along side it.  At end of the grassy field you have been in since crossing the river you leave the posts behind, pass a hedge and go into an arable field.  The opposite bank of the river here is worn away where sheep go down to drink.  This is the point where you turn away from the river to go left and follow the edge of the field to a corner. Then turn sharp right along the field edge for 200 yards until another hedge corner where you turn left following the hedge to another field corner after 100 yards.  This is next to the road that goes to the racecourse.  Just past this corner you can step over a low bit of fence to go up the bank to join the road to the racecourse or you can stay at the field edge parallel to road.  This path can be a little uneven in places but is easy to follow next to the bank until the path goes up the bank onto the road after 500 yards.  If you have already gone onto the road take care as although there isn’t much traffic outside race days it can be fast moving as the road is straight.  If you have used the road after about 500 yards look for the path coming up from the right.

Opposite that look for another footpath on the left of the road.  Take this path and go down the bank on the left side of road.  Then bear right across a grass field to reach a stile under some trees at a hedge. Go over the stile and stay on left of the field you enter next to a tall hedge.  Ignore a slightly defined path which goes across the field to the right as the hedge kinks to the left.  Instead stay with the hedge and go to the left hand corner of the field and from there out onto a narrow road.

Turning right here along the road takes you into Southwell.  To go that way follow the road, which is very quiet, for 200 yards to a bend to the right.  At the bend leave the road to go almost straight on along a narrow path which soon goes between houses and comes out on the main A612 road.  Here you are very close to the Workhouse, which is well worth a visit.

Staying with my walk turn left along the narrow road which is very straight for the next half mile as it soon becomes a track.  Before long you leave the cover of the trees to reach more open country between fields with hedges on either side.  The track is initially wide but then eventually narrows and is more enclosed until at the end you reach a hedge and have to go left into a field but still head in the same direction.  The path in this field stays very straight next to a hedge on the right at the top of the field.  Here you have decent views of the countryside back to the earlier part of the walk.  Stay in the field for 300 yards then go out of the field onto a track but still walking on the same straight course as for the last mile. The track goes downhill and past a building on the left.  Keep straight on until you reach the corner of a grassy field then go slightly right into the trees along the obvious path.  The path here can be a little muddier than the firm tracks you have been on for the last mile or more.  Follow the path as far as you can go until reaching a high embankment covered in vegetation. The path here bends sharply right and goes out to a rough driveway. Turn right along the driveway heading towards a high metal fence.  This appears to be as far as you can go but as you reach it you will see a path to the left of it taking you out to the road from Southwell to Fiskerton.

Go left along the road, crossing over to the other side as there is no verge.  The road isn’t too busy but you will probably meet a vehicle or two in the short time you are walking along it. The road rises quite steeply for a little way to go up and over an embankment then starts going down again.  As the road starts to descend look to the left side of the road where a footpath begins.  At the time I was walking there was a notice warning of the footpath potentially being closed but I had no problems.  Go down some steps to the left which take you to the left hand bank of Beck Dyke. Follow the path alongside the dyke which has tall trees to the left.  The path has some small plants alongside it but is relatively clear itself.  After 300 yards you come to another dyke which you can cross on a narrow and slightly bouncy wooden plank bridge.  You then follow the left bank of the dyke although you will probably find it easier to stay slightly away from the bank where the grass is shorter at the edge of the neighbouring field.  Follow the dyke all the way for about 600 yards passing one hedge into a new field, until you come close to a road.  You can go out onto the road as soon as you meet it and turn left but I prefer to stay in the field at this corner and turn left inside field for 200 yards to the next corner where you go out onto the road.  This comes out near to a level crossing by Rolleston station which you should go over, carefully.  Then follow the road for 400 yards until you approach the village of Rolleston. As the road turns sharply to the right as you approach the church look to the left where there is an open area of ground and a track going away from the road.  Turn off the road here.

Go straight across this area and then follow the track as it goes to the right.  You arrive at a railway crossing which you should cross with care.  You will see a small waymark with a wavy  arrow on it which indicates that you are on the Trent Valley Way.  After the crossing carry on along the metalled narrow road for about fifty yards.  Almost immediately after a bend to the right look for a footpath sign pointing left at some buildings.  Go left here between the buildings and then bear right onto a golf course.

Tree line on the golf course

You go onto the course at the back of a green and should go left up the bank behind the green.  This takes you to the top of the bank with the golf course on your right and a dyke containing the River Greet to your left.   Turn right here to follow the bank.  You can’t go wrong here as you are between the dyke and course for 300 yards, though you should keep an eye out for any errant gold balls flying in your direction.  Shortly after going past a short, attractive line of trees on the course running parallel to the bank the dyke bends to the right and you should do the same. Go behind a green for twenty yards where you reach a concrete crossing over the dyke on the left.  Cross that to leave the course and enter a large arable field.  There is a path going straight on here which takes you back towards the earlier part of the walk but ignore that and instead turn left to follow the grassy edge of the field.  This follows the river, now on your left.  After 200 yards you reach a footpath signpost.  Here you turn right away from the dyke to cross the field at its narrow point for fifty yards towards a hedge line.

At this hedge and line of trees you should go to the right of the hedge and follow it for 200 yards with a large field on your right.  As you reach the first large gap in the hedge after 200 yards look for a metal kissing gate in the next hedge ahead on the left.  Go through this gate into a smaller, more enclosed field than many of the surrounding ones.  Bear left diagonally across the field towards the line of trees.  As you near the far side of the field  after 150 yards you will see a post with a yellow top.  Leave the field there and go out onto a wide track under the trees.  This is the track that featured in Walk 26 .  Turn left here to walk along the track.

Almost immediately after this look for a footpath on the right.   This is the path we came along earlier and now we retrace our steps.  Turn right along this path which runs along a field edge towards the church tower at the top of the hill.  After 300 yards the edge of the field starts to turn right.  As it does so our route goes almost straight on towards the church.  We enter another field and make our way uphill aiming directly for the church.  After 200 yards go through a gate into the churchyard.  Go towards the main door of the church and from there a short way forward onto the main path in the churchyard.  Turn left along this path and out of the churchyard through a gate.  Carry straight on along a narrow path over some flagstones and keep going for 100 yards along the cul-de-sac of Church Walk until you meet the main road in Upton again.  If you have parked at the Horological Institute then cross the road, carefully, and return to the start of the walk.  Alternatively, if you have parked at the Cross Keys or if you wish to call in there, turn left for 200 yards along the pavement to reach the pub.