Burntstump Country Park

Grade: Leisurely Pace: Moderate A pleasant walk in Burntstump Park and Sansom Wood, part using the Robin Hood Way, and quiet roads. No stiles. Join me for lunch at The Burntstump pub. Meet Angela (Rushcliffe Ramblers) in the car park at the Burntstump Country Park (near to the Park Hospital), north of Arnold. Grid Ref. SK577 508. Postcode NG5 8PQ. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 0115 989 2075 Mobile (on day of walk only) 07973 142929

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre A View from the Other Side

To the escarpment south of the village to see why and when various parts were built. Meet Dave Evans at Langwith Whaley Thorns Herit- age Centre at the top of Pit Hill. Use station car park. Refreshments available after walk. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel No. 01623 743 087

Gotham Hills

Along Moor Lane to link Gypsum Way to Cuckoo Farm, Leake New Wood (excellent distance views of Charnwood Forest), Wood Lane, Cottagers Hill, Gotham Hill, and Long Spinney to return. Possible lunch option here. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at The Sun Inn, 1 the Square, Gotham. Grid Ref: SK 536 301 Post Code: NG11 0HX Distance: 5.0 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Attenborough Nature Reserve Spring Bird Identification Walk

Willow Warbler

Improve your identification of spring birds, using sight and sound. Two hours.
Cost £7. second of three identification walks.
To book, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.

Spring Wakes Up Gedling Country Park

Holly Blue

Tree blossoms and early insects. Bird calls starting and pairs nesting. Skylarks and meadow pipits. Bluebells and daffodils. Tiny Holly Blue butterflies. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park . Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Wrap up warm, with sensible footwear as secondary paths can be muddy. Walking may be slow. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact; Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Gringley on the Hill

View from Beacon Hill

Chesterfield Canal, Drakeholes, Clayworth, Mill Lane, Hangman’s Lane, Lover’s Lane, Lancaster Road, Beacon Hill, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Green Road (village Green Beacon Hill) Gringley on the Hill. Grid Ref: SK 739 906 Post Code: DN10 4RQ Distance: 7 Miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

The Byron Walk

Linby Trail

We learn how ‘Big Ben’ got its name, then in Linby, we learn about the harsh conditions of the textile mills. Newstead Abbey can be seen in the distance, later to reveal itself in all its glory. Once the ancestral home of Lord Byron, he lived here only for a short while before he sold it in 1817 to pay his creditors! Return to Hucknall via Freckland Wood, once a pit tip. Meet Diana (Worksop Ramblers) Hucknall Market Place car park. Grid Ref. SK 534 494 Postcode NG15 7BS Distance 7.5 Miles Contact Tel. 01909 720812 or 07909 692685 We have no-one trained in first- aid. www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop

Attenborough to Beeston Lock

Beeston Lock

Through Attenborough to Beeston Lock, back along the Trent Valley Way. Meet Elaine (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) at Attenborough Reserve car park. Grid Ref. SK 516 340. Postcode NG9 6DY Distance 6 miles Contact Tel. 01949 836 042 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk or email vbramblers@gmail.com

Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve in Spring

Peacock Butterfly

A guided walk with Tim Williams round this urban fringe nature reserve, looking at what is stirring in the early spring. Meet at the road entrance to the reserve on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Bird Walk Meden Vale

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Looking for cuckoos and hirundines between here and Budby. Meet Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale, by Severn-Trent Pumping Station. About two hrs. Free admission but booking essential. Contact 0115 958 8242 or email hlavender@nottswt.co.uk

Hickling, Colston Bassett and Kinoulton

Hickling Canal Basin

Leisurely walk across fields and on canal paths. Meet Brenda (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) at Hickling Canal Basin. Grid Ref. SK 690 295 Postcode LE14 3AH Distance 6 Miles Contact Tel. 01949 860 769 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk or email vbramblers@gmail.com

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Ichneumon Fly

Beeston Wildlife Group free informal walk to explore the wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve with the Beeston Wildlife Group. All welcome. About three hours. Meet by the Infor- mation Board in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 07870 486 908 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 beestonwildlifegroup@hotmail.co.uk

Beeston Wildlife Group

Cinnabar Moth

Free informal guided walk to explore the wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve with the Beeston Wildlife Group. All welcome. About 3 hours. Meet by car park Information Board. Contacts: Nigel Slater 07870 486 908 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 or email: beestonwildlifegroup@hotmail.co.uk

Cotgrave Forest in Spring

Common Snipe

Mid-spring walk in a local woodland. Meet Neil Pinder at the Laming Gap Lane entrance at 9.30 am. Park where the Lane turns sharp right. (Lane on left off A606 Melton Road after the Normanton-on-Wolds exits).
Contact: Neil Pinder 07981 928 402 or neil.pinder@ntlworld.com

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Green Hairstreak Underwing

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk

Plumtree to Gotham

A linear walk— part of a Circuit of Nottingham Walk that Nottingham Ramblers are undertaking. This section starts at Plumtree passing Flawford Church, through Brad- more, crossing the Great Central Railway to end at Gotham. Take No.1 bus back to Nottingham. Meet Paul Wagstaff (Nottingham Ramblers) at Crown Court on Canal Street, Nottingham at 10.00 am for the Key- worth Connection Service. Grid Ref. SK 574 393 (Nott’m) Postcode NG1 7HF Distance 6 and 3⁄4 miles Duration 3 and a 1⁄2 hours
Take a packed lunch. Note: Bus times can change – please check with leader nearer the date. Contact Tel. 0115 982 1022 or 07989 288 135

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre A View from the Other Side

To the escarpment south of the village to see why and when various parts were built. Meet Dave Evans at Langwith Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre at the top of Pit Hill. Use station car park. Refreshments available after walk. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel No. 01623 743 087

St Ann’s Allotments Tours

The 2nd guided tour of the year, covering 700 years of history on the gardens. Includes a visit to our Heritage Display Garden. All tours last roughly 90 minutes. Meet 5 minutes earlier at the eco-friendly Visitor Centre at 121 Ransom Road, Nottingham NG3 3LH Grid Ref. SK584 417. Park on Ransom Road or use 42 bus service from the City. Donation request £5 per person includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Please book by emailing info@staa-allotments.org.uk or calling 0115 9602282, and leaving your name and contact telephone number. Website www.staa-allotments.org.uk. These tours take place on the last Wednesday of each month until the final one in September.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Redstart Ramble

Redstart

Join us for a gentle stroll through this ancient forest with your trusty binoculars and a bit of patience to see this magnificent summer visitor Sorry, no dogs. Not suitable for wheelchair users or under 8’s. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 (£6 RSPB member) Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Contact 01623 677 329

Sherwood Forest In Search of Robin Hood

Major Oak Group

First a visit to Robin’s famous hiding place, the Major Oak, then cross the Birklands forest and heathland to the Centre Tree, at the middle of the old forest from Nottingham to Worksop. Through the Plantation to Blackpool, the former site of 6th Duke of Portland’s Russian Cottage, bought in 1884. Nearby stood the Shambles Oak, Robin’s larder, where the outlaws supposedly hung venison after stealing it from the King. It was blown down in a gale in the 1960’s. St. Edwin’s Cross, erected by the Duke of Portland in 1912, marks the site of a former chapel in part of what used to be the Royal Deer Park and what is now known as King John’s Palace, some 3 miles away at Old Clipston. Return from here. Meet Chris Thompson, Robin Hood Way Association, at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Distance 6.3 miles (3 hours) No booking required. Contact 07719 827 808

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Bluebell Walk

Bluebells

Through the wild flowers of Poulter and Scarcliffe Parks and on to Graves Wood. Meet Dave Evans at Langwith Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre at the top of Pit Hill. Use station car park. Tea and biscuits after walk. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel No. 01623 743 087