About Me

I have lived in Farnsfield for much of my life and have walked and run along nearly all the paths surrounding the village over the years.  I don’t do as much running as to cover the different paths as I used to. However, I still get out quite often to walk the local area. If you are planning a walk near Farnsfield I may be able to advise you on which paths tend to get muddy or overgrown, and which are the best routes.

I have also done some of Britain’s major National Trails.  I walked the Pennine Way when I was eleven and have just started to write about my recollections of that walk in a blog.  Walking The Pennine Way When I Was Eleven.

I walked all of the Thames Path in a series of short stages, mostly when I lived in Berkshire.  While I was there I tackled several stages of The Ridgeway, The North Downs Way, most of the London Loop and all of the Inner London Ring.

More recently I walked from Land’s End to John o’Groats over several years using a mixture of day walks for the local sections and longer chunks for the more distant ones.  I have finished writing a blog of my experiences on that adventure, which went through Farnsfield and also included the South-West Coastal Path, The Cotswold Way, The West Highland Way and The Great Glen Way. That tale can be found at Walking Land’s End to John o’Groats the Easy Way

If you have any questions about local walks or on long distance trails please post them on the blog and I will try and answer them.

12 Responses to “About Me”

  1. jeff bell July 1, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    dear sir, can any leaflets or books on your walks be purchased or do you print them from your website.
    thanks jeff

    • rob23notts42 July 2, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Hello Jeff
      I haven’t written any books or leaflets covering my walks but anyone is welcome to print copies off. If you are interested in books on walks you may well be able to find them in the big bookshops. I have quite a number of books that have been published over the years although most of these cover the whole of Nottinghamshire. This meant that only a few walks in each book were very local to me. Most of the books are ten or twenty years old but the features on the routes described haven’t altered greatly. New books with walks in Notts seem to be published every few years but even then paths will often have changed slightly. I decided to try and update things as I find them when I’m out and about.

  2. Ritchie Fleet February 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Good Afternoon, Im walking from Newark to Sutton in Ashfield in a few weeks and was just wondering how far the Southwell trail will take me? As far as I know its only to Farnsfield. Do you any info on trails etc from Farnsfield to Sutton or the Berry hill end of Mansfield?
    Any knowledge is greatly appreciated.

    • rob23notts42 February 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm #


      I have put together a series of walks making a route from Mansfield to Newark which you can find in my blog. Those walks will take you to Southwell but from there don’t use the Southwell Trail. However, some of my other walks do. If you use the Southwell Trail that will take you from Southwell to Farnsfield but then you will have to come off the trail. From there you could follow my route to reach Mansfield, which uses the old railway line from Rainworth to Mansfield. As you near the centre of Mansfield you can take the Maun Valley Trail which goes on to Sutton. Click here for a map


  3. Emily Bryan March 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    Finding your website very useful for new walks with my two dogs! Thank you 🙂

    • rob23notts42 March 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback Emily. Glad I could help. I get to most of the paths near Farnsfield each month so if you want any advice about their condition let me know.


  4. lithuanian October 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Hello. Which walk would you suggest for an ignoramus from Lithuania. Thank you for your inf.

    • rob23notts42 October 29, 2016 at 1:01 am #

      Hello Lithuanian

      It is nice to know that my blog has such an international audience. I know Lithuania quite well and some of the people there mean a great deal to me. You don’t appear to be an ignoramus and your English is excellent. Perhaps you had a good teacher. My favourite walks are the ones where you can get up high with clear views for miles around. I hope that you will have the chance to come to Nottinghamshire and do my walks. If you want a guided walk I would be delighted to show you my county.

      Best Wishes

  5. p67s February 12, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    I am putting together a right of way claim from Winkburn BW9 (the dead end bridleway along the Winkburn/Maplebeck parish boundary) to Mansey Common and White Stub Lane. Have you walked this at any stage?

    Steve Parkhouse (Notts Ramblers)

    • rob23notts42 February 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      Hello Steve
      I’ve never bothered going far along that part of the track as it didn’t seem to go anywhere. I’ve been along the bridleway further along towards Roe Wood and that’s a decent track. It seems like a good idea to have a way to Mansey Common from there to make a circuit. That could also link up with the unofficial track from Duke’s Wood to Mansey Common which is part of my walk 18. Mansey Common can be a bit wet and there are plenty of trees in the area going towards the bridleway BW9. The path from Duke’s Wood is OK in the woodland where people have made their own way but a bit twisty and narrow. If it is the same going towards the bridleway it should be manageable.

  6. David May 25, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for walk 50- Halloughton and Brackenhurst. I did it yesterday, it was very easy to follow from the directions (not all directions are quite so clear!) Lovely walk.

    • rob23notts42 May 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

      Thanks David. I sometimes wonder if I go into too much detail. Glad you enjoyed the walk. This should still be quite accurate as I only did it relatively recently but it’s good to know that the directions are correct. Rob.

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