Archive | July, 2020

Walks in Central Nottinghamshire: Walk 62 – From Epperstone Using Paths and Tracks by Woods, Hills and Fields

10 Jul

 

This walk is a short one around fields and tracks near the village of Epperstone which gains height to give fine views across the county just north of Nottingham.  Most of it is on firm tracks so should be suitable for most conditions.  The route I describe starts and finishes in Epperstone but it is possible to join it half way round if you start from the next village of Oxton.

Epperstone is a small, quiet village with limited facilities.  It does have a well-regarded pub, The Cross Keys, on the Main Street not far from the start of the walk.

Start:  The centre of Epperstone on the quiet main street through the village.  There should be space to park along the street if making your own way there.  If coming by public transport there is the 747 bus every hour or so until around 2pm from Monday to Saturday from Lowdham and Calverton. Then a long wait for the next one.  The walk starts next to the bus shelter in the centre of the village.

Distance: 3.7 miles (6km)

Map of the Route

 

From the bus shelter if you are facing the Main Street go right along the pavement north for 150m until you reach the church.  Go up some steps to reach the churchyard and turn right immediately.  Follow a path going straight through the churchyard directly away from the road.  Leave through a gate to go onto a quiet road with houses ahead.

Go straight on into what appears at first to be a cul-de-sac but as you reach the end you will see a grass path on the right. Follow this narrow path over stiles and between houses.  It gets wider then bends right to go down to a proper road (Chapel Lane).  Turn left there to leave the village.   After 200m look for a footpath sign on the left by a hedge.  Go through a gate in the hedge into a small grass field and cross it.   Then enter a long, narrow grassy field. Aim almost straight across towards the far right corner.  As you cross the field you may see a slight gap in the hedge in the far corner and a gate.   Go through that and then left along a track for 20m to another wide track and turn right along it. 

This track is very straight with fields  on either side and a wood up a rise on the left.  Near a very slight bend left after 500 yards on the track there is a thin metal post with an arrow on the left of the track.  Here go left over a small plank footbridge past a notice saying that this is a more scenic route than the straight track, which it is.  Carry on uphill by a field towards the wood. Turn right next to the wood along the field edge.

 

Follow the edge of the field as it makes a steady climb with occasional flatter sections.  The path makes a kink left at one point then continues uphill towards a house.  After about 1200m since first meeting the wood you near the house and go along a sort of tunnel formed by the wood on your left with trees and hedge on your right.   You emerge from the path and go ahead downhill for fifty metres to a well-surfaced farm road.   This is the highest point of the walk. 

On the left here the farm road comes from near to Oxton and if you are coming from there this is where you join the route.

 

Go down a steep farm road for 300m to a group of buildings and on the left of the road a yellow-topped post indicating the footpath.  Follow the road left into a sort of farmyard area, though now also used for other commercial activities.  After 80m just before you reach a large building ahead turn right to go downhill along a track.  You go down past smaller buildings along a narrower driveway.   After 150m go under trees then right to another yellow post and left out of the farm complex to reach a track.  This is further up the track we walked along earlier on. 

Turn right along this straight track which after a kilometre goes past the metal post where we went up to the wood. If you are returning to Oxton you should turn right here and follow my route to the top of the hill where you turn left and follow the farm road back towards Oxton retracing your steps.

To return to Epperstone you should retrace your steps along the track, across the fields and right along the road into the village.  Once you reach the village stay along the road (Chapel Lane) for 500m going straight on all the way to your starting point where you reach the bus shelter.