Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Bluebell Walk

Bluebell Woods

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

Evening Walk No.1 Two Mills

Cliff Mill, Gonalston

Over Barker Hill into Gonalston to Cliff Mill (children as young as seven worked there), Gonalston Blacksmith, Gonalston Hall and St Lawrence Church, on to Hovering- ham Lakes and Mill, Caythorpe and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Magna Charta PH, Southwell Road, Lowdham. (Park in the village with care.) Grid Ref: SK 671 463 Post Code: NG14 7DQ Distance 5 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Gedling Country Park – The Dawn Chorus

A Kestrel Hovers

Try to beat last year’s count of 30 birds. Most migrants should now be here. Of the butterflies, dingy skipper and green hair-streak. A hairy dragonfly (first seen here 2016). Possibly a ring ouzel passing through. 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. 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

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Dawn Chorus

Join us for a special wildlife encounter the arrival of a new day with the melody of bird song. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Contact : 01623 677 329

Evening Walk No.2 – Strelley Bluebells

Bluebell Woods

Oldmoor Wood, Robinettes Arm, Nottingham Canal, Cossall, Turkey Fields Farm, Strelley. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Strelley Hall car park. Grid Ref: SK 506 421 Post Code: NG8 6PE Distance: 6.1 Miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Spring Bird Explorer Walk

Major Oak

Look and listen for a variety of spring birds. Sorry, no dogs. Not suitable for wheelchair users or un- der 8’s. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post Code: NG21 9RN Contact: 01623 677 329

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Scarcliffe Walk

Church of St Leonard

Via Whaley village for lunch in Scarcliffe returning via Langwith wood. Meet Dave Evans at the Heritage Centre, the top of Pit Hill. Use station car park. Tea and biscuits after walk. Packed lunch. Distance 7 miles. Contact Tel No. 01623 743 087

Brinsley Footpath Walk No.1

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 lead- er at Brinsley Headstocks Car Park, Mansfield Road. Grid Ref. SK 465 486 Distance 2 miles or 1 and a half hours Contact Tel. No. 01773 531 251

Greasley Parish Walk No.1

Footpath to Greasley Church

First in a series of walks around the parish, mainly off road. Stiles and farm animals may be encountered. Paths may be wet or muddy so suitable footwear is essential. Routes may vary depending on ground conditions. We walk field paths over the “cliff” then down to Watnall Wood for the bluebells. Returning via Reckoning House Farm. Meet Jeff Catherines at the Royal Oak PH, Main Road, Watnall Grid Ref. SK 502 457 Post Code NG16 1HS Distance 3 Miles Contact Tel. 01773 710759

Evening Walk No.3 Gotham Hills

Gypsum Workings Gotham Hill

Moor Lane, Gypsum Way, Cuckoo Bush, Wood Lane, Cottagers Hill, Gotham Hills, and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at The Square, Gotham, outside Sun Inn & Village Pump Grid Ref: SK 536 301 Post Code: NG11 0HX Distance: 4.9 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Eakring – The Robin Hood Way

Eakring Windmill

A walk through farmland, over two stiles, past the first onshore oilfield which produced 280,000 tons of oil between 1939 and 1966. We shall follow the tracks of local hero Robin Hood. Don’t bring any valuables in case his gang are waiting for us! Meet Keith and Janet (Worksop Ramblers) at the Saville Arms, Bilsthorpe Road, Eakring. Grid Ref. SK671 624 Postcode NG22 0DG Distance 7 miles Contact Tel. 01909 509729 or 07794 243935 We have no-one trained in first-aid. www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop

Blidworth Woods

Blidworth Woods

A circular walk of the Blidworth Wood linking former Calverton pit line, Papplewick Pumping Station, Blidworth Bottoms, Gorse Covert, to return. Possible lunch option here. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Longdale Lane Forest Car Park, off A614 nr Ravenshead. Grid Ref: SK592 523 Post Code: NG14 6PX Distance: 5.9 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Bunny Hop

A circular walk taking in Bunny Woods, with excellent vistas of Charnwood Forest and the South Nottinghamshire Countryside. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Church Street Bunny, outside St Mary’s The Virgin Church, Bunny. Grid Ref: SK 582 296 Post Code: NG11 6QT Distance: 8.0 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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

Greasley Footpath Walk No.2

Footpath to Greasley Church

From Kimberley follow a former Railway line to Watnall and then New Farm Lane to Bulwell Wood. Returning via Long Lane then field paths and railway track. Meet Jeff Catherines at the Nelson and Railway PH Station Road, Kimberley. Grid Ref. SK 498 449 Post Code NG16 2NR Distance 4.5 Miles Contact Tel. 01773 710759

Evening Walk No.4 Friar Tuck’s Well

Rainworth Lodge

Along A6197, Rainworth, L-Lake, Rainworth Lodge, Cave Pond, Friar Tuck’s Well, Rainworth Water Lakes, Harlow Wood, Forest Stone, Old Newark Road, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at the Golden Eagle PH, Oakleaf Close, off A6191 South- well Road West, Mansfield. Grid Ref: SK570 592 Post Code: NG18 4GE Distance: 6.7 miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Evening Pub Walk from The Lock Keeper

Chesterfield Canal

Along the Chesterfield Canal to Shireoaks Hall, back via the Canal to the pub. Join us for a drink here. Meet Keith and Janet (Worksop Ramblers) at the Lock Keeper PH, Sandy lane, Worksop. Grid Ref. SK572 797 Postcode S80 1TJ Distance 4 miles Contact Tel. 01909 509729 or 07794 243935 We have no-one trained in first-aid. www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre – A Bat Walk

Did you know that a pipistrelle bat can devour over 3,000 midges a night and baby bats cling to their mothers when mum flies in search of food? Join us on this evening walk to learn more about the bats of Sherwood Forest and their association with the world famous Ancient Oaks. This event will involve a gentle stroll of approximately 1.5 miles and finish in the dark at about 10.00 pm Please bring a low powered torch. Insect repel- lent is recommended. Not suitable for under 8’s. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Contact: 01623 677 329

Bingham Linear Park Grizzled Skipper Butterfly

Grizzled Skipper

Walk to find this butterfly plus other flora and fauna. Meet Jenny Hawkins at the Tithby Bridge entrance of this park. Contact by email: hawkingsjenny@gmail.com

Brinsley Footpath Walk No.2

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 lead- er at the White Lion PH, Hall Lane, Brinsley. Grid Ref. SK 459 489 Distance 3 miles or 2 hours Contact Tel. No. 01773 531 251

St Ann’s Allotments Tours

St Ann’s Allotment

The 3rd 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 staa-allotments.org.uk These tours take place on the last Wednesday of each month until the last in September.

Potwell Dyke Grasslands Southwell

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grasslands 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

Evening Walk No.5 Codnor Castle & Golden Valley

Codnor Castle

To Ormonde Fields, Codnor Castle, Cromford Canal, Ironville, Codnor Park Reservoir, Jubilee Wood, Coach Road, Tanyard, return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Codnor Market Place Grid Ref.: SK420 495 Post Code DE5 9QA Distance: 5.3 Miles Contact: 07719 827 808

Laxton to Kneesall Church

Kneesall Church

A very easy walk on green lanes, headland paths, bridleways and country roads. Parts of the route can be very muddy after wet weather. There is the possibility to eat at the pub after the walk. Meet Julie (Worksop Ramblers) at the Laxton Visitor Centre by the Dovecote PH Grid Ref. SK 724 671 Postcode NG22 0SX Distance 7.25 Miles Contact Tel. 07821 101428 we have no-one trained in first-aid. www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop