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Walks in Central Notts – Walk 32: Fiskerton, the River Trent and Morton

25 Jan

This is a short walk alongside the river Trent at first then along tracks, across fields and along very quiet roads back to Fiskerton. It is nearly all on decent surfaces so even after wet weather you should avoid getting too muddy. If you are using public transport there are buses to Fiskerton from Mansfield and Newark via Southwell and a separate bus service to Lowdham.

Start: The bus-stops at the bus shelter by the junction between the main roads in the centre of Fiskerton (Station Road and Main Street). Alternatively use the car park by the Trent at the north of Fiskerton village.

Distance: 3 miles

Map of the Route

 

If starting at the bus-stops go to the junction between the two main roads. Go straight across the road at the end and reach a wide grass track between houses. Go straight on along this track for fifty yards until you come to a small flight of steps. Go up these and down the other side to join a path next to the river Trent where you turn right. If you have started from the car park go to the corner of the car park nearest Fiskerton village next to the river and follow the riverside path. After 200 yards you meet the route of the walkers coming from the bus-stops and for the rest of the walk we continue together.

Walk along the path with the river to your left and the backs of houses on your right.  You shortly pass the Bromley pub which you may wish to return to at the end of the walk.  After 400 yards on this path you come to the end of the buildings and reach a field where the path which has been firm becomes grassy.  Follow the river at the edge of the field for 200 yards until you reach one of the unusual double gates which are a feature of this part of the Trent.  As you come to the gate the path becomes a little muddy although it is only immediately next to the gate that it is a bit slippery.  This gate is at the point where a beck (Holme Dyke) enters the river below you.  Leave the gate behind and walk alongside the river on an embankment slightly above the level of most of the field.  This means that the path is nice and grassy rather than muddy and it is good walking.  The river here forms a sweeping bend.

River Trent looking back to Fiskerton

River Trent looking back to Fiskerton

Carry on for 300 yards until you reach the next double gate.  You can carry on along the river here but on this walk we don’t go through the gate.  Instead turn right to go down off the bank and along the field edge with trees and a hedge on your left.  After 100 yards you leave the field and go into a car park at the end of a track.  This is for anglers and often won’t have any vehicles.  Go straight on through the car park to join the main firm, wide track.  Keep along this track for 300 yards until you reach a sharp bend.  This is where other footpaths join our track but we turn ninety degrees right to follow the wide track.  The track is usually in good condition though after heavy rain the puddles may be quite large in places.  Follow the track, which improves, for 500 yards until you come to a road.  This is the main road into Fiskerton from the south.  It probably won’t be too busy but don’t be surprised to come across quite fast moving traffic so take care crossing.  Go a very short distance to the right and go through a gate into a large grassy field. There is a notice warning you to Beware of the Bull but I saw no evidence of any such animal. Follow the right hand edge of the field next to a hedge straight on for 200 yards where you come to a kissing gate almost at the corner of the field.

Go through the kissing gate and carry straight on along the edge of the next field.  the hedge in this one is a little more patchy than before and even disappears occasionally.  Keep alongside it for 300 yards until you reach a farm gate at the end of the field which was left open when I came this way.  Go through the gate where the farm buildings are to your left and go straight on for thirty yards to join a pleasant tree-lined avenue along the driveway to the farm.  Walk along this nice avenue for 100 yards until you reach a quiet road junction.  Here turn right to follow the road (Gorsy Lane).  Follow this road straight on ignoring the road coming in from the right after 200 yards.  After another 200 yards you reach the houses of the village of Morton.  Keep following this road (Main Street) through the quiet, attractive village and ignore all roads coming in to meet you.  After 300 yards you come to the Full Moon pub on the left of the road. You may wish to stop at the pub.

Tree-lined road near Morton

Tree-lined driveway near Morton

Carry on from the Full Moon  going straight along the Main Street.  On the left of the road you soon see the church and then leave the village.  Continue along the road  with fields to either side.  Pass Gravelly Lane on the right and follow the main road round a slight bend.  After another 100 yards you come to Claypit Lane on the right.  Turn along Claypit Lane and follow this straight all the way 400 yards to the end passing a few houses on the right.  At the end of Claypit Lane you find yourself back in Fiskerton village on Station Road.  Turn right and follow Station Road for 400 yards back to your starting point at the bus stop shelter.

 If you are returning to the car park by the Trent you can either go to the end of Station Road and turn left along the Main Street which takes you back or go straight on along the path to the Trent as described at the start of the walk then turn left.

 

Walks in Central Notts – Walk 22 Fiskerton to Averham (Stage 6 of the Mansfield to Newark walk)

31 Jan

This walk is mainly along or close to the River Trent. It runs between two small villages that are on the number 28 bus route from Mansfield to Newark so you can return to your starting point by bus or on foot. This is Stage 6 of my Mansfield to Newark walk and continues from Stage 5

Map of My Route

Start: Bus stop in Fiskerton on Station Road at the junction with Main Street.  If coming by car there is a small car park by the river at the north end of the village.

Distance: 4.2 miles

If starting from the bus shelter or the bus stop on Station Road you should cross the Main Street to reach the grassy track between houses directly opposite the end of Station Road. Go straight on along this track for 80 yards and go up and down the steps at the end to reach the path next to the river Trent. At this point you join the route from Stage 5 of my Mansfield to Newark walk.

Turn left to walk along the riverside path for 200 yards until you reach the end of the houses on your left. You skirt the edge of a small car park and carry on alongside the river near metal fencing which is a popular resting place for black-headed gulls in winter. The river comes closer to the road and you actually walk along the road, which is generally quiet, for a short way as you approach a lone house ahead. As you reach the house you go to the right taking a narrow path between the house and the river. The path goes past a landing stage at the back of the house and once past the house you emerge on a wider path next to the river.

Take this path bearing to the right still alongside the river as it bends away from the road. You pass a bench after 200 yards and soon go up a small bank. At this point the main path carries on by the river and if you wish you can keep on along this path. However, this does make quite a large loop which adds nearly a mile to the walk. Instead, my route goes sharp left down the bank into a field and alongside a hedge for 100 yards.  At the end of the hedge you come to a heavy gate which you should go through onto a wide farm track.

Turn right and follow this track which is pretty good underfoot, though after wet weather there are a few puddles.  After 300 yards the main farm track turns right into a field but we carry straight on as the track becomes grassy between hedges on either side.  The track is reasonable at first but as you reach a section where the trees enclose the track a little more the ruts become a little deeper and muddier.  You may have to use a little agility to step around the worst of it but it shouldn’t be a major problem unless the weather has been very wet.  After the section of path with tree cover the track becomes more open again and is in better condition.  Carry on between the hedges until just after passing a very large tree stump on the right you reach a new firm track.  This is the track leading to the car park for local anglers.

Carry on in the same direction you have been going for the last mile along this track and follow it for 400 yards to the car park.  There can be quite large puddles all the way to the Trent but there is enough dry land on the track around them so that you can avoid getting your feet wet.  Go on to the end of the car park and then through a gate where a firm track continues with the river now appearing again to your right.  This track can again be puddle affected and you can if you wish go onto the embankment to follow the path right next to the river.  However, the path is a little rough and you still have a good view of the river from the firm track.

Follow the track for another half mile as the river bends to the right until on the opposite bank of the river you start to see the moorings and gardens of Farndon.  At this point the track we have been following goes very close to the river. You may be tempted to try and find a path alongside the river as the main track appears to be going into an industrial boatyard.  However, you should stick to the main track as it goes under a wide avenue of trees towards the yard. Keep your eyes on the left hand side of the track and after 100 yards you will see a stile with yellow footpath waymarks.  Leave the track and go over the stile into a very large field.

If there is a clear path across the field then you should follow it.  However, on my last visit this was just a ploughed field with no crops growing and no indication of the way across.  If this is the situation when you arrive then my advice is to look across just to the right of the far end of the field  where you will see the tall towers of Staythorpe power station about a mile away.  Aim straight towards the towers across the field for 800 yards until you arrive back at the river and then turn left to follow the riverside path where after 100 yards you reach the hedge at the far corner of the field.  The official path across the field aims slightly to the left of the towers and as you get towards the far end of the field you will see a yellow marked post indicating the path by a gap in the hedge.  If you wish, you can go to this gap and from there turn right alongside the hedge for a short way until this path comes to the river at the corner of the field. 

Whichever way you arrive at the far corner of the field you should then walk along the path with the river just to your right.  There are trees alongside the river here and you are not far above river level.  On my last trip the river was high and coming quite close to the path.  It may be that after very wet weather this path becomes flooded.  Follow the path for 400 yards until you come to Staythorpe power station.  The footpath bears right to go between the power station and the river.  Much of the path is along concrete walkways with a high fence to your left.  You walk for 500 yards past the power station and surrounds.  It isn’t the most beautiful part of the walk but you are very close to the river with great views of the water below and local wildlife.  It was here that I once saw two oystercatchers. It is also quite an interesting contrast with the fields and tracks you have been following for miles.

As you reach the end of the power station complex the river reaches a lively weir.  At this point the path turns left through the trees down a bank and into a field.  Follow the path at the edge of the field alongside the river, taking care as there is some tangly stuff including brambles hidden in the long grass.  At the end of the field go under the railway bridge and continue by the river for 400 yards approaching Averham church.  Go as far as you can until you reach a large beck (Rundell Dyke) flowing into the Trent near the churchyard.  Turn left and walk alongside the beck for 200 yards where you come to a bridge over it.  Turn right to cross the bridge and go on for 100 yards until you come to the road in Averham (Church Road).  Turn left and walk along the road for 300 yards until you reach the main road in the village (Staythorpe Road).  There turn right for fifty yards to reach another road by the village school.  Turn right here and follow the road around the bend.  The bus stop for buses going back towards Fiskerton is on this side of the road and for buses to Newark you should cross to the bus shelter next to the school.  There are few amenities in Averham, although it does have the Robin Hood Theatre, a surprising feature for such a small village.

If you are making your way back to Fiskerton on foot, if you don’t want to retrace your steps you will have to walk along Staythorpe Road for part of the return journey.  The road isn’t the busiest and there are verges but I never particularly like road walking. Alternatively, if you have the energy you may want to do the last few miles into Newark which I will describe in my next post.

Walk 19 and Stage 5 of the Mansfield to Newark walk: Southwell to Fiskerton

24 Oct

This is the next stage of the Mansfield to Newark walk but is also a brand new walk so I have also included it as such.  The walk takes you out of Southwell and up to get a good view east over the Trent Valley before using paths across fields and along quiet roads to take you to the river Trent at Fiskerton.  From Fiskerton you can get a bus back to Southwell or on to Newark.

Start: Bus stop on Church Street in Southwell Continues from Stage 4 of the Mansfield to Newark Walk

Distance: 3.8 miles

From the bus stops on Church Street by the Minster make sure you are on the same side of the road as the Minster.  Turn so that you have the Minster on your right hand side and walk along the pavement going slightly downhill on Church Street away from the main junction in Southwell.  After 200 yards the road bends to the right and then left before it crosses the Potwell Dyke.  Immediately after this you should see a sign on the right for Harvey’s Field where there is a narrow path going from Church Road.  Take this path which runs alongside the Potwell Dyke, under trees for 100 yards before coming to a large grassy field.  Here you should bear left away from the dyke aiming for the obvious exit from the field about 100 yards away on the left (not the one at the far end of the field).  The path from the field takes you between houses and out to a road (Farthingate).  Cross this road and turn right then almost immediately left up the next road (Farthingate Close).  After fifty yards this starts to bend to the left.  As it does so you should cross the road and look for a narrow alley going off to the right.

Take this short path between the houses which soon comes to a grassy field.  Enter the field and keep to the right alongside the fence as the path starts to rise slightly.  After fifty yards go through a gate in the fence to the right and go into a large arable field.  You should aim diagonally across the field up the hill towards a stile about 200 yards away by a wood.  The path across the field may be well-defined but depending on the time of year the field could be ploughed or have crops in it making the route less clear.  At the top of the path go over a stile into the wood.  Carry on through the wood in roughly the same direction as the path across the field.  The path twists and turns a little through the trees but should be quite easy to follow.  The only slight problem could be in autumn if fallen leaves cover the path.  In any case keeping in the same direction up the hill should bring you to the far end of the wood not far from the right spot.  The wood can be a little muddy after wet weather.  The path flattens out towards the top of the wood and you emerge at the far end through a gate.

Take care as you leave the wood as the gate leads straight onto Crink Lane.  There isn’t much traffic but you are coming out at a sharp bend in the road.  On the other side of the lane to the right is a house but we want to go into the field of allotments just to the left of us.  Cross the road carefully and enter the field which has a wide entrance.  Follow the track for twenty yards but look for a path on the right in the hedge.  Take this  path, which can be a little overgrown, and come out a few yards later in an open grassy field.  There is a line of short posts across the field which provides quite a good guide for our route.  Follow them for 200 yards across the field until you see a gate in a hedge at the far end of the field.  Go through the gate onto a small lane (Pollard’s Lane).  Again the gate comes straight onto the lane so take care, although this is even less busy than Crink Lane.

Turn right along the lane . The road runs relatively straight for four hundred yards and the surface becomes shale.   Follow it past some houses on the right.  On the left you will be able to have your first view of the Trent Valley and if you are doing the full Mansfield to Newark walk the first thoughts of the final destination.   Then there is a sharp bend to the left and another soon after to the right before another straight section for 200 yards past a few houses on the right.  Another very sharp bend to the left is followed by a right turn 200 yards later as the lane follows the edges of the fields.  One hundred yards after this right turn look on the left of the lane for a footpath sign and a rather large lump of concrete by the field entrance.

Turn left to go into the field and walk straight ahead down the hill.  The field is a large one used for growing crops but the bridleway we are following is a wide one and there should be no difficulty with the path being overgrown.  After 400 yards at the end of the field turn left and cross a small bridge.  The path then almost immediately turns right.  In the field you have now reached go down the hill for 200 yards until you reach the bottom of the hill.  Turn right alongside the hedge and after thirty yards turn left at a bridge which crosses a tree-lined stream.

Stream at the bottom of the hill

Stream at the bottom of the hill

Cross the bridge and then immediately start a steady climb along the bridleway going straight ahead up the hill.  After 300 yards you reach the top of the rise.  In fact this is the last climb of any significance if you are going all the way to Newark on my route so it is all downhill from here, almost.  Continue straight ahead as the bridleway becomes a wide track between hedges going downhill.  In a little while the path starts to change from grass to concrete and after a little right bend it becomes a road.  Keep going straight on along the very quiet road for 400 yards and cross the railway at a level crossing.  After this another straight 200 yards a slight right bend takes you into the village of Morton.   As you reach the village the road forms a three-way junction.  Bear left here so that you are still going in almost the same direction that you have followed for the last half mile.

You are now walking down a quiet village street in Morton (Middle Lane) which you should follow for the next 200 yards until you come to the junction with another road.  Turn left here and turn along this road (Main Street).  Soon you pass the Full Moon pub on your left which is a good place for a stop if you feel the need for refreshment.  If you wish to continue you should carry on along the road on the opposite side from the Full Moon.  Fifty yards or so after the pub look for a footpath leaving the road to the right, just before another road and the church ahead of you on the left.

Take the path on the right which starts off between houses but soon leaves them behind and goes alongside a large field at the back of a house.  After 100 yards you reach a small wood where the path turns  for a short way before leaving the wood and emerging at the end of a very large arable field.  Follow the path straight ahead along the edge of the field for over 100 yards and then go through a gap in the hedge to another field and follow the same direction but on the other side of the hedge.  Carry on in this direction through four more small fields encountering the odd quite tall stile.  You will see to the left some houses which are part of the village of Fiskerton.  Leaving the fourth field takes you onto a wide track that comes out onto a road.

Here if you wish you can follow the road to the left which takes you into the centre of Fiskerton but my preference is to take a different route which adds about 400 yards to the journey.   My route turns right along the road for 200 yards where it meets another road coming in from the left.  At this point cross the road you have been walking along and look for a footpath which goes away from the road bearing to the left .  Take this footpath which is quite narrow and largely enclosed by tall hedges and trees which form a sort of tunnel.  The path approaches the backs of houses and starts to bend a little to the right.  About 400 yards from the road you appear to be coming to a dead-end but when you get there you will see a way out to the right which takes you out to an embankment overlooking the river Trent.

The River Trent at Fiskerton looking south

The River Trent at Fiskerton looking south

The Trent at Fiskerton

The Trent at Fiskerton

Go down from the bank to the main path running alongside the river.  Turn left and walk along the path for 200 yards as you reach the houses of Fiskerton and the newly renamed and revamped pub by the river “The Bromley at Fiskerton“.  There is a beer garden by the river which is a great place to sit if the weather is good.  If you are lucky you can see all four of Britain’s  hirundine bird species here (swallow, swift, house martin and sand martin) together with other ducks and gulls.  Carrying on past the Bromley  you will see a few small flights of steps on your left going into gardens.  About 150 yards past the pub one of these flights of steps takes you onto a wide grassy track between houses with a path that you can follow straight on for fifty yards to the road. If you wish to finish your walk here take this route.   You come to the road just at the main T junction in the village.  Carefully cross the road to reach a bus shelter.  The buses from this side of the road go on to Newark.  Almost opposite on the other side of the road is the stop for buses back to Southwell.

My Mansfield to Newark walk continues alongside the river and I will be describing the next stage before too long.