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Walking The Robin Hood Way: Papplewick Moor to Blidworth via Burntstump Park

25 Jan

This stage of the Robin Hood Way is another one that can be used as part of a loop between Papplewick and Blidworth combined with another stage or as a point-to-point walk. You can get the 141 Trent Barton bus to return to your starting point. The Way doesn’t go right into the main part of Papplewick but it’s only a short walk.

Start: Moor Road, just south of the centre of Papplewick.


Finish: Blidworth

Distance: 10.5km (6.5 miles)

Map of the Route

The words in italics are the extra parts of the walk just off the Robin Hood Way itself that take you from the crossroads by the Griffin’s Head pub in the centre of Papplewick to the centre of Blidworth.

From the crossroads walk south past the Griffin’s Head alongside the B683 (Moor Road) on the opposite side from the pub. It’s fairly busy but there is a pavement. After 300m you come alongside a wood on the right but stay on the pavement for another 400m when you meet the Robin Hood Way which is coming north along the B683. When you reach the first turning to the right (to Hucknall and Linby) look for a footpath sign on the other side of the road pointing across fields. Cross the road and join the Way as it goes across the fields of Papplewick Moor.

Follow this path across a few fields aiming for Stanker Hill Farm on the horizon about a mile ahead.  Go uphill a little in the final approach to the farm and then to the right of the buildings in the farm complex.  You reach a track which runs alongside a railway embankment and through a small tree plantation until coming to the A60.  Turn right along the pavement by this busy Nottingham to Mansfield road for about 200m to Seven Mile House.  Cross the A60 at the crossing and go along the minor road on the other side.

Follow this for 200m then turn right at the entrance to Burntstump Country Park which is also the site of the Park Hospital and Notts Police HQ.  Follow the entrance road until you see a path on the left-hand side in the trees.  This leads past buildings on the left to reach the car park.

From the car park take the path above it with the cricket ground and open park on your left and trees to your right.  Follow the path towards the top right hand corner of the park, if you meet other paths it can be a little tricky to follow but keep aiming for the top corner.  At the top go onto a track past the Paviors Sports Ground on the right.  At a junction of paths bear to the left along a metalled track which passes Seely Church School and goes out to a road.  

Turn left along the road for about 75 metres then turn right onto a rough track.  Pass two houses on the left and go downhill for 600m to meet a minor road.  Continue straight on along the road verge, passing Papplewick Pumping Station after 750m on the left, to reach a crossroads.  Turn right at the crossroads and walk along the verge of the road, Longdale Lane, under trees.  After 100m cross the road to join a forest track running alongside the lane just inside a forest plantation.  After 800m the track reaches the Longdale Lane picnic site.

Turn left into the car park and through the parking area to join a forest track running into the plantation.  This wide track climbs for 1.5km going straight all the way.  At the top at a junction of tracks bear slightly right but basically continue in the same direction as the track starts to descend again. After a kilometre a path to the right takes you to the Blidworth Woods car park but instead of going into the car park you should follow this main track all the way to the road (Blidworth Lane) and turn left. 

Follow the lane, taking care as there is no proper verge, for 500m.  As you reach a riding stables look for a track on the right which is the Robin Hood Way.  Take this track which climbs and after 300m meets a wood and my Walk 12 coming from the right.  The track surface is good in all but the worst weather. After 200 yards you leave the wood behind and the track starts curving slightly to the left. After 600 yards you reach the edge of Blidworth. As you near the top of the hill turn round and look behind you.  The view is slightly obscured by the hedge but is still a good one. You can see to the south towards Blidworth Bottoms which is now well below you.  Houses start to appear on either side of you as you crest the top of the hill. The track ends and becomes a road. Follow the road straight on going downhill for 200 yards until you reach a small war memorial on the right of the road which is where the stage ends and you can join stages I have described before.

 To reach the centre of the village go down the steps to the side of the memorial to reach the pavement next to the main road through Blidworth. Turn right along the pavement going down the hill. At the bottom of the hill you reach the main junction in Blidworth where our road meets the other major roads in the village.

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.

Walking The Robin Hood Way: Papplewick and Newstead Abbey to Blidworth

18 Jun


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 another time is four miles (6km) . The stage described here 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.

Start:  The entrance road to Newstead Abbey about 600m north of Papplewick village

Finish:  The centre of Blidworth

Distance: 11.4 km 

Map of the Route

This description starts from Papplewick village as you may prefer to start from there although it is just off the Robin Hood Way.  The words in italics are to get from the village to join the Robin Hood Way.

From the main crossroads by the Griffin pub go north away from the pub on the B683.  Follow the pavement by the road as it turns sharply right then left.  Stay on the pavement for another 600m.  It starts to descend after leaving the village. 

On the left as the main road turns to the right again you reach a wide road on the left by a little grassy island with a bench and tree.  This road is an entrance to Newstead Abbey and is another part of the Robin Hood Way.  Leave the main road to bear left here.  There is a small cluster of buildings here including stables and houses.  Follow the road between these buildings with the cricket club entrance on the left. The road bends to the right as it becomes a wide track.  The track is a nice one running very straight with widely spaced trees on each side.  Follow it for just over half a mile until you reach the gates to Newstead Abbey and a cottage next to them.  For walkers there is a smaller gate to the side of the main driveway.  Go through this gate to enter the main park.

Our way stays on its very straight course but the track becomes a properly surfaced road again and the trees become much more densely arranged to the right and the cover more noticeable.  Stay on this driveway, there are grass verges to either side which you may prefer to walk on as, although this isn’t a proper public road, there are occasional vehicles along it.  After half a mile you come to the centre of the park.  The road you are following bends to the left and then right before meeting another wider road.  This is the main one through the Abbey estate, Swinecotte Dale, which comes from the A60 Nottingham to Mansfield road with the main entrance about half a mile off to your right at this point. 

Where you meet this thoroughfare if you want to explore the Abbey you should turn left along it going downhill towards a lake.  You can see a cricket field on your left and then the Abbey itself.  Go down the hill where you can explore the many interesting features of Newstead Abbey and its surroundings.

Newstead Abbey lake

Waterfall at Newstead Abbey

 

Swinecotte Dale

To continue on the Robin Hood Way cross the road and follow the path bearing off to the right uphill into woods.  This is along a nice track under trees on a decent earth surface.  The track is easy to follow and is mainly straight as you climb steadily.  From the highest point after 500m you descend still on this good path which soon goes down some long, shallow steps to reach an open field on left as you get to the bottom of them.

Undulating field

Stay going straight on with the attractive undulating field surrounded by woodland on your left.  Go up for a short way then down again until you go under trees again and uphill on a track with low stone wall on the right and wooden fences by houses on the left. There is quite a steep climb for 150m to the top and a small gate.  Carry on ahead towards some large telegraph poles where you turn left.  Pay attention here as you then take a narrow path to the right almost immediately that goes off the main track and out of the wood.

Follow a narrow path down to road with a small open area to the left at first.   After 100m you emerge next to a fairly busy road. There are also bus stops here.   Go left for a short way then cross the road.  On the other side of the road keep going left until you soon reach a junction.  Turn right along this road going downhill along a wide verge for 100m.  At the bottom of the hill there is a wood to the right where there is a “No Tipping” sign and a narrow path through the hedge on the right which you should take.  Just through the hedge go down a small dip then up a little then take a path to the left which soon comes to a car park. Bear right in the car park going away from the road and leave the car park at the far end.  You soon come to a large information board with a map of the woods showing the local trails here in Nomanshill Wood and Thieves Wood, a large area of tracks and tall trees on either side. 

Follow the path going almost straight ahead bearing a little to the left.  After 600m of straight track you meet another wide track and turn right for 250m to another junction of tracks.  Here you turn right.  After 250m a track comes in from the left but you should carry straight on.

Follow a wide, firm light-coloured track with trees on either side.   The track is mainly straight but bends gradually to the left and is a little undulating.  After 500m you reach a major junction of tracks.   The main wide track bears left but you should take the right hand track uphill going into the woods.  This is along a slightly less open and more earthy track.  Go straight along for 150m where the path kinks a little to the left but stay on the path for 200m until on the left you see Fountaindale school.  Continue for another 150m all the way to the A60 then turn right to follow the pavement alongside it for 150m.

Carefully cross the A60 here where on the opposite side you should see a footpath sign.  A very short distance to the right along the A60 here is the Sheppard Stone which commemorates an unfortunate girl who was murdered here.  From the footpath sign go straight into the wood (Harlow Wood) on an indistinct path for 80m to meet  a wider track. On that track go just to the right and follow the main track that goes straight on.  Follow this good wide track which is quite straight but goes into a small dip around a patch that can be a little muddy. Then soon the track becomes very straight in more open coniferous forest.  After 400m the path bends to the right and after another 300m you can see a small lake through the trees on the right as you reach more deciduous areas. Soon you come to a major junction of paths in the wood with a signpost pointing to several different tracks.  

 

Lake in Harlow Wood

 

Go straight on past a board telling you the story of this place.  Soon you leave the main part of the wood and carry straight on to follow the edge of the field staying by the trees on your right.  After 300m the path bends to the right and you come to the end of a large pond.  This area is Fountain Dale and nearby is Friar Tuck’s Well where the eponymous member of Robin Hood’s men met the outlaw.  Continue along the bottom of the field for 300m to another crossroads of paths. 

Fountain Dale

Fountain Dale

Here we go into the woodland on the right and cross a small bridge over a stream.  Leave the woodland going uphill through a gate onto a wide track.  After 100m as you pass a house on your left  go through a gate on the track.  Just past this gateway jink to the left as you pass the house to go onto a wide farm track still going up the hill.  This is a steady climb but the path is pretty good despite a few stones.  The track passes between fields on left and right.  As the path starts to flatten out trees appear on the right of the track.  At the end of the track half a mile from the bottom of the hill you reach a quiet road.

Turn left and go downhill along the road for 300m.  Where the road turns sharply left you should leave the road and carry on along a wide track.  This soon climbs quite steeply for a short way.  We stay along this track for a mile all the way to Blidworth.  It’s a good track which has a few undulations and in places good views to the left.  After a kilometre you reach a small copse.  Just after this the track becomes a metalled road as you climb and then reach the first houses of Blidworth.  When you reach the main road in Blidworth turn right for 150m to reach the main junction.  There are bus stops here where you can return to Papplewick or get connections to Mansfield and Farnsfield, Eakring and Southwell.

Walks in Central Nottinghamshire – Walk 48: Newstead Abbey, Papplewick and Linby

30 Aug

A walk linking pleasant villages and one of the most famous stately homes in Nottinghamshire. This is mainly on very quiet roads and tracks and should be suitable to be done in all weather without getting muddy.

Start: There are a number of options depending on whether you are using public transport . If coming by bus the Trent Barton 141 goes through Papplewick and Linby on its journey between Mansfield and Nottingham. Newstead station is on the Robin Hood railway line from Worksop to Nottingham.  There are frequent fast buses between Nottingham and Mansfield where there is a stop by the main entrance to Newstead Abbey.  You may decide to come by car and park in the Newstead Abbey grounds although there is an entry charge.

Distance: 6 miles

Map of the Routeast

As I mentioned there are a few options for the start of the walk.  I have decided to describe the walk from Newstead village but it is easy enough to pick it up at an appropriate point if you start somewhere else.

Leaving the platform at Newstead station turn right to go along Station Road with the railway line immediately to your right for 200 yards.  Go across the line at the level crossing and then turn right along another road (Station Avenue) with a recreation ground on your left and railway on the right again until you pass the station on the other side of the railway.  The road then bends to the left and goes under a bridge.  Just before a barrier and the lodge at the entrance to Newstead Abbey you should leave the road to join a track on the right hand side.  This is a disused railway line that is now a cycle track.  Follow this good, firm, very straight track for over a mile.

The track (The Linby Trail) finishes and becomes tarmac as it rises for 50 yards up to a quite busy roundabout.  As you meet the roundabout turn left to go downhill along the pavement into the village of Linby.  After 200 yards you reach the centre of this attractive village which has cobbled surfaces next to a stream that flows down the hill.  On your left is the Horse and Groom pub which is handy for a break if you so wish.  Carry on along the main road through the village.  You should cross the main road as you leave the centre of the village as the pavement on this side disappears and the road is surprisingly busy.  Stay on the right hand side of the road until you are about to leave the village.  As you come to the last of the houses look across to the left hand side of the road where a footpath begins just before the 50mph signs.  Cross back to the other side and take this footpath which bears a little left from the road.

At first you follow a path on the left hand side of an arable field.  The path starts to descend after 300 yards and as you leave the field you go under trees and cross a bridge over the River Leen.  The path then enters a grass field where you follow a hedge on the left hand side and climb steadily.  About half way up there is a gap in the hedge on the left where a footpath goes off to an attractive church which you may want to look at. If you do that you should return to this path again.  Carry on up the hill until the path meets a properly surfaced road which goes to the church.  Carry on bearing slightly right along the road up the hill and then start to descend along the driveway past a gate to the first houses of Papplewick village.  Keep straight on until you come to a proper road (Main Street).

There turn left and follow the pavement by the road as it turns sharply right then left.  Stay on the pavement for another 600 yards.  It starts to descend after leaving the village.  On the left as the main road turns to the right again you reach a wide road on the left by a little grassy island with a bench and tree.  This road is an entrance to Newstead Abbey and is another part of the Robin Hood Way.  Leave the main road to bear left here.  There is a small cluster of buildings here including stables and houses.  Follow the road between these buildings with the cricket club entrance on the left. The road bends to the right as it becomes a wide track.  The track is a nice one running very straight with widely spaced trees on each side.  Follow it for just over half a mile until you reach the gates to Newstead Abbey and a cottage next to them.  For walkers there is a smaller gate to the side of the main driveway.  Go through this gate to enter the main park.

Our way stays on its very straight course but the track becomes a properly surfaced road again and the trees become much more densely arranged to the right and the cover more noticeable.  Stay on this driveway, there are grass verges to either side which you may prefer to walk on as, although this isn’t a proper public road, there are occasional vehicles along it.  After half a mile you come to the centre of the park.  The road you are following bends to the left and then right before meeting another wider road.  This is the main one through the Abbey estate which comes from the A60 Nottingham to Mansfield road with the main entrance about half a mile off to your right at this point.  Where you meet this thoroughfare you should turn left along it going downhill towards a lake.  You can see a cricket field on your left and then the Abbey itself.  Go down the hill where you can explore the many interesting features of Newstead Abbey and its surroundings.

Newstead Abbey lake

Waterfall at Newstead Abbey

The walk itself continues along the road passing the Abbey on the left and lake on the right.  You can see a waterfall on your right as the road heads towards some woodland.  The road rises and bends as you reach the woods until at the top of the climb you find yourself hidden from the bustle of the visitors to the Abbey.  Carry on along the road which now descends to reach the end of a long straight avenue of trees.  This is the back way into the Abbey grounds from Newstead village and is not widely used so is generally quiet.

yo Avenue from Newstead Abbey to Newstead Village

There is plenty of room to step aside if anything does come along.  Keep gong along the road for half a mile until  you come to a a lodge at the entrance to the grounds.  Go past a barrier and you will see a path leaving the road to the left. (This is the Linby Trail which you will have walked along earlier if you started from Newstead)   There are also signs pointing the way here.  If you haven’t started in Newstead take the left hand path which takes you onto a disused railway line.

If you have started at Newstead stay on the road to retrace your steps.  Follow it under a bridge and then round to the right.  Then turn left to cross the level crossing and then immediately left again along Station Road for yards until you reach the station.