Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve Open Day

Particularly to enjoy the early summer wildflowers (including Southern Marsh Orchids) around the reserve. Also some guided walks. All finishing about 4.00pm. Enter by the road entrance, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington. Car park- ing available. Contact Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Summer on Gedling Country Park

Plenty of interesting insects—of the butterflies Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma. Large and Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus — try photos in macro close-up. Find some southern marsh or bee orchids, maybe a rare pyramidal. A cuckoo passing through. Miner and other bees. Many birds. This could be a longer walk than usual. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Potwell Dyke Grasslands Southwell

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grass- lands have been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), with around 200 species of flora identified. Potwell Dyke Action Group volunteer guides will take you for an informative and leisurely stroll through this very special haven of rare natural beauty. Meet at the Memorial Drive car park (adjacent to the Scout Hut). Grid Ref. SK 703 535 Easy, level walking, but some rabbit holes, so care needed. A small donation (£2) would be welcomed. Contact Ros Johnson on 01636 816 235 or email for information: ros.johnson6@gmail.com

Greasley Footpath Walk No.3

Greasley Footpath

Via Brooksbreasting Farm and Misk Hill Farm onto Misk Hill (steep climb), returning via Beacon Hill, Watnall brickyard site, Narrow Lane and Bogend. Meet Jeff Catherines at Greasley Church (Park in layby in front of the church on the B600 between Watnall and Moorgreen) Ref. SK 490 472 Post Code NG16 2AB Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 01773 710759

Flintham, Syerston and Sibthorpe

Flintham Church

Discover the three villages of Flintham, Syerston and Sibthorpe with their 13th century churches and a dovecote. Meet Dave on side road near Flintham church. Grid Ref. SK 739 462 Postcode NG23 5LF Distance 5 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

Evening Walk No.6 Hoton Hills Circular

Hoton Hill

Prestwold, path towards Burton on the Wolds, Old Wood, Prestwold Hall, St. Andrews Church, Prestwold, Big Lin Wood, Harts Farm, Hoton Hill, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at the small lay-by on Old Parsonage Lane, off Prestwold Lane, Hoton. Grid Ref: SK575 224 Post Code: LE12 5SG Distance: 5.8 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Potwell Dyke Grasslands

Potwell Dyke Grasslands

Grade: Moderate Pace: Moderate A small Nature Conservation Area owned by The Southwell Minster Chapter, remarkable for the range and abundance of wild flowers in natural grassland meadows. We walk the undulating footpaths round Southwell. An optional pub lunch. If you want to join us please arrive in time to pre-order your lunch. Meet Christine (Rushcliffe Ramblers) in the car park of The Hearty Goodfellow, Church Street, Southwell. Grid ref. SK706 537 Postcode NG25 0HG. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 0115 933 4076 Mobile 07905 850163

Sherwood Forest In Search of Robin Hood

Major Oak

First a visit to Robin’s famous hid- ing 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 was 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

Dewberry Hill Nature Reserve Radcliffe on Trent

Dewberry Hill Reserve

A nature walk around this Reserve. Meet Gordon Dyne at the entrance on Cropwell Road (going out of Radcliffe), parking on the left about 150 metres beyond the traffic lights up the hill. Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 8784 842 or email: gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Brinsley Footpath Walk No.3

Brinsley Footpath

The annual check on paths and furniture within the parish. Please wear suitable clothing and carry a drink. All walks are undertaken at your own risk although assessments of routes are made before. Avoid public transport, no late buses for your return journey. Meet the appointed volunteer leader at the Durham Ox PH, High Street, Brinsley Grid Ref. SK 460 503. Distance 3 and a half miles or 2 hours Contact Tel. No. 01773 531 251

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Bonbusk and Frithwood

To the north of the village around Bonbusk and Frithwood Farms, returning via Poulter Park. 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

Evening Walk No.7 River Soar

River Soar

River Soar, Sutton Bonington, Pasture Lane, Zouch Cut, River Soar, Old Cut, Kegworth. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at the Anchor Inn, 139 Station Road, Kegworth. Grid Ref: SK 493 273 Post Code: DE74 2FR Distance: 5.6 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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

Sawley Marina to Risley

Bridleway Wilne to Breaston

A linear walk – part of a Circuit of Nottingham Walk that Nottingham Ramblers are undertaking – start- ing Sawley Marina, crossing Long Horse Bridge, Shardlow, Great Wilne, Breaston – part of the old Derby Canal, endiing at Risley to catch the i4 bus to Nottingham. Meet Paul Wagstaff (Nottingham Ramblers) at Friar Lane Bus Stop No.1, Nottingham at 10.00 am for the Skylink Service. Packed lunch. Grid Ref. SK 571 398 (Nott’ham) Postcode NG1 6DA Distance 6 miles (31⁄2 hours) Bus times can change – please check with leader nearer the date. Contact Tel. 0115 982 1022 or 07989 288 135

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre The Archaeological Way

Poulter Country Park

A walk along part of the Archaeological Way visiting the sculptures on Poulter Park. 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

Greasley Footpath Walk No.4

Greasley Footpath

This evening Ann Whyte of Beauvale Priory joins us as a joint leader to lead a walk in the woods and farm lanes towards Annesley and back. Meet Ann and Jeff Catherines at Beauvale Priory, New Road, Moorgreen. Grid Ref. SK 493 490 Post Code NG16 2AA Distance 5.5 Miles Contact Tel. 01773 710759

Cropwell Bishop – Cropwell Butler

Cropwell Bishop Canal Path

Along the canal path and across fields via Cropwell Bishop to Cropwell Butler and back. Meet Sue (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) at Grantham Canal car park at Berry Hill, Cropwell Bishop, off old A46. Grid Ref. SK 672 368 Postcode NG12 3AQ Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. No. 01949 729 565 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk or email vbramblers@gmail.com

Flora at Stanton Tip, Bulwell

Lesser Celandine

A two-hour summer walk around the former site of Babbington Colliery, now taken over by Nature. Wild flowers and narrow twisting paths make this a wildlife heaven, but it’s unsuitable for those with limited physical ability or wheelchair users. No booking required. Meet at the Cinderhill tram stop NG6 8PY. Contact LucyKennedy at nwtcitylocalgroup@gmail.com

Evening Walk No.8 Silverhill & Hardwick Hall

Silverhill Nottingham

Silverhill (highest point in Notts) to Stanley, Hardwick Inn, Lady Spencer’s Wood, Norwood Lodge, Peartree Lane, Teversal, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at the Carnarvon Inn, Fackley Rd, Fackley, nr Teversal. Grid Ref: SK475 614 Post Code: NG17 3JA Distance: 6.9 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Worksop Waterways

Chesterfield Canal bridge

Our walk takes in the Chesterfield Canal, Sandhill Lake and the River Ryton. Returning to the Library we walk past The Priory and through Memorial Avenue Gardens. Stop for a drink with us afterwards at the Liquorice Gardens. Meet Diana (Worksop Ramblers) in the car park behind Worksop Library on Memorial Avenue. Grid Ref. SK 588 789 Postcode S80 2BP Distance 3.5 Miles Contact Tel. 01909 720812 or 07909 692685 We have no-one trained in first-aid. www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop

Gedling House Woods Bat walk

Pipistrelle bat on fingers

A walk in these woods with bat detectors to hear what bat species we can find. Meet Tony Morris at the main gate to Gedling House woods. Wellies, torches and water- proofs advised. Wheelchair users– please contact in advance. Bat detectors on loan—training given. No admission charge but donations requested. Contact: Tony Morris on 07796 514135 or email: anthony.morris33@hotmail.com

Radcliffe on Trent / Grantham Canal Walk

Cocked Hat Plantation

A52, Cocked Hat Plantation, Grantham Canal, Bassingfield, Skylarks Nature Reserve,Holme Pierrepont, to return. Possible lunch option here. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at St Mary’s Church Main Street , Radcliffe on Trent (park carefully in the village) Grid Ref: SK645393 Post Code: NG12 2FD Distance: 5.9 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Country Lanes around West Markham

West Markham

From East Markham to the A1, West Markham, All Saints Church (Grade 1 listed), path towards Bevercotes, Leys Lane, Back Lane, Bevercotes Road, Tuxford Windmill, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Church of St John the Baptist, Church Street East Markham. Park carefully in the village. Grid Ref: SK743 727 Post Code: NG22 0SA, Distance: 5.9 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Brinsley Footpath Walk No.4

Brinsley Footpath

The annual check on paths and furniture within the parish. Please wear suitable clothing and carry a drink. All walks are undertaken at your own risk although assessments of routes are made before. Avoid public transport, no late buses for your return journey. Meet the appointed volunteer leader at the White Lion PH, Hall Lane, Brinsley. Grid Ref. SK 459 489 Distance 4 and a half miles or 2 and a half hours Contact Tel. No. 01773 531 251

St Ann’s Allotments Tours

The 4th 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 name and telephone number. Website staa-allotments.org.uk

Evening Walk No.9 Southwell & Westhorpe

Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster, Stubbins Farm, Halloughton Wood Gorse, Radley House Farm, Westhorpe, paths through Southwell to return to Church Street. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at main car park Church Street, Southwell. Grid Ref: SK702 539 Post Code: NG25 0HW Distance: 6.7 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Gedling House Woods Bat walk

Pipistrelle bat on fingers

A walk in these woods with bat detectors to hear what bat species we can find. Meet Tony Morris at the main gate to Gedling House woods. Wellies, torches and water- proofs advised. Wheelchair users– please contact in advance. Bat detectors on loan—training given. No admission charge but donations requested. Contact: Tony Morris on 07796 514135 or email: anthony.morris33@hotmail.com

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Elmton Well Dressing

Elmton Well Dressing

Visit the village of Elmton to see the annual well dressing, cream teas available in the village hall. 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 7 miles Contact Tel No. 01623 743 087