Archive | August, 2020

Walking The Robin Hood Way: Blidworth to Papplewick via Ravenshead

11 Aug


If walking the Robin Hood Way there are various loops you can do which with only slight alterations can be turned into circular walks. The Way visits Blidworth twice and a short walk links them so that a circular walk starting and finishing in Blidworth can be done which is about ten miles (16km).

This may be too long for some so I have decided to break it into two stages which connect Blidworth with Papplewick. The walk via Ravenshead which I will describe here is four miles (6km) . The stage described previously going via Newstead Abbey, Thieves Wood, Harlow Wood and Fountain Dale is six miles long. The Robin Hood Way doesn’t quite go into Papplewick on these stages but goes half a mile north of the village. The Trent Barton 141 bus runs between Blidworth and Papplewick and there is a stop close to the start of this stage.

This is the return journey from Blidworth to Papplewick following my previous post which went the other way. This way is shorter and goes across fields and tracks in slightly undulating terrain.

Start: Centre of Blidworth (the first 300m of this walk aren’t on the Robin Hood Way)

Finish: Central Crossroads in Papplewick (just off the Robin Hood Way)

Distance: 7.5 km

Map of the Route 

From the main junction in the centre of Blidworth by Tesco cross to the garage and go up the hill away from the shopping area towards Ravenshead alongside the B6020.  After 300m you reach a war memorial where you join the Robin Hood Way. As you approach the Black Bull pub turn left along Field Lane.  The road climbs for a short way before making a steep descent as you leave Blidworth.  After 200m on this fairly quiet road, that has no pavement so be careful, go right at a footpath sign into a field.  Cross this field and then bear slightly left across two more.  Go straight on along the path between allotments through several narrow fields.  You reach a large field which you go straight across for 500m.

At the other side of the field go through the hedge onto a narrow pavement next to the road from Blidworth to Ravenshead.  Turn left and walk downhill soon crossing a road coming in from the left.  Where the main road bends sharply to the right carry straight on along a wide track.  Follow this track for the next mile.  It goes up and down but is a nice one with good views to the left across fields.  Mostly you are between fields but you pass a small copse as you make quite a testing climb about a kilometre along.  The last section takes you down to a road near a junction.  Go straight across this road and on along Kighill Lane past houses going uphill.

Towards Robin Hood Hill from near Kighill

After 500m you reach the A60 and cross carefully, go straight on along a path just to the left of the driveway opposite, with a hedge on your right, for a short distance.  Follow it as it then wanders through some woodland next to a field on the left.  After 200m go down onto a wider track and turn left for a short way.  Turn right into a thicker area of trees and go downhill then uphill again.  After 500m at the far side of this wood turn left to a T junction of tracks by a hedge.  After 300m turn right at the hedge in the corner of the field and climb steadily for 500m along the line of pylons to reach a gateway at the end of the field next to a road.

Turn left onto a path that stays alongside a road but with ups and downs by trees with views across fields to the right.  After 1km go round a right hand bend and leave the path to cross the road. You reach Robin Hood’s stables and Papplewick Hall on the right at a small patch of grass.  If you are doing the circular walk returning to Blidworth this is where you turn right along the broad track going away from the road and follow my instructions from the previous Robin Hood Way post.

If you are going on into Papplewick you should stay on  the pavement alongside the road and follow it into Papplewick village.  To return to Blidworth use the bus stops on this side of the road and get the 141 Trent Barton bus which runs hourly.