Following the Government’s recent relaxation of some lockdown restrictions, the Ramblers have distributed to all their walking groups a new set of instructions, to help organise walks in their areas in a Covid-safe manner. Greater care will be taken by all leaders to reconnoitre each walk first, avoiding if possible those stiles, narrow footpaths and stopping points where social distancing is difficult. They will generally take sensible steps to avoid any Covid transmission.

We hope that other walking groups will be undertaking similar measures. Many walks will be shorter than usual, and mainly local to help avoid car sharing. Some groups may set a limit on numbers.

We at Notts Guided Walks will not publish our booklet this year, but this web-site will soon fill with walks as groups organise and send them to us for publication. We anticipate some entries for May, with more added as confidence returns.

Walking for Health These too were suspended last year, but a few have been sent to us already, suggesting these will gradually return as leaders and assistants are found.

We are at present contacting our regular walking groups, to restore to as many of you as possible the sheer pleasure of walking through our countryside at this, the best time of the year, with others who share the same delight.

In the meantime, for those who perhaps are not yet ready to take part in groups, our Self-Guided walks on this same web-site are still available. We have noticed much more frequent and positive feedback on these since Covid lockdowns started over a year ago. The full walk at Clumber Park has been restored now that the road bridge is repaired. There is a minor change on the Calverton walk at Woodborough Park farm. We always welcome any helpful feedback.

If you have other queries, please email briancluff2@gmail.com for support.

Brian Cluff, Chairman, Notts Guided Walks Partnership

Notts Guided Walks is a compilation of guided walks for those who want to improve their fitness with experienced walk leaders, enjoying our countryside, wildlife and meeting new friends.

Additional walks will be added later in the year as more groups publish their programmes.
Please check to see what’s added in the What’s On Section.
Most walks are free although a few walks by wild-life or preservation societies may charge a small fee. Details are given where this applies.

Please browse through our site and make sure you read the articles for more information about walking for health.

The Notts Guided Walks Partnership is an independent funded group with help from the National Lottery.


The vast majority of our walks are arranged and published by walking clubs, historical and wildlife preservation societies, plus statutory bodies like the parish councils and Forestry Commission.

We’d be very glad to hear from you.

Talk to Brian Cluff

Call: 0115 9205110
or Email Brian

Walking for Health

The ‘Walking for Health Initiative’ in Nottinghamshire is part of a move to improve the Nation’s health by walking.

There are many such groups, with trained and insured leaders who take parties out for a gentle 2 or 4 miles in their local area.

Although we mention many of these groups, it’s impossible to include all their walks. These are growing in number (especially with our health walks feature this year) – there may be one right up your street!

Health Walks

Help Support Us

This free publication relies only on grants and some income from advertising.
Any small contributions from walkers would be most gratefully received.

Please send a cheque (made out to Notts Guided Walks Partnership) to our Treasurer: email Alex for details.

Your help may ensure that our Programme appears again.

The Partnership

The Nottinghamshire Guided Walks Partnership is currently made up of:

Brian Cluff—former Chairman of Notts Footpaths Preservation Society, who designed our printed booklet, and also handles publicity.  Our Chairman

Alex Staniforth—Long-time serving member of the Ramblers in Nottinghamshire. Our Treasurer

Tracy James—Theatre Manager, Nottingham Playhouse and former Eskrima World Champion (martial arts) now our Secretary

Chris Thompson — now Ramblers Area Tourism and Heritage Officer, promoter of the Robin Hood Way.

The Press and TV have been buzzing again with news of the Government’s further initiative to encourage more exercise. It’s the way to eat well and get fitter at the same time.

Still sceptical?

Have a look at this summary of recent research that makes it all quite clear…..



To measure the link between physical inactivity and premature death, and their interaction with obesity, researchers analysed data from 334,161 European men and women participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study. Between 1992 and 2000, they measured height, weight, waist circumference and levels of physical activity. All were then followed up over the next 12 years, during which 21,438 of them died. The results were published January 2015 in the American Journal of Clinical Exercise.

The researchers found that the greatest reduction in risk of premature death occurred between ‘inactive’ and ‘moderately inactive’ groups, judged by combining work activity with recreational activity. Just under a quarter of participants were categorised as inactive, reporting no recreational activity and a sedentary occupation. The authors estimate that doing exercise equivalent to just a 20 minute brisk walk each day – burning between 90 and 110 calories – would take an individual from the ‘inactive’ to the ‘moderately inactive’ group and reduce their risk of premature death by between 16% and 30%. The impact was greatest amongst normal weight individuals, but even those with a higher body mass index (BMI) saw a benefit.
Using the most recent data on deaths in Europe, the researchers estimate that 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths amongst European men and women were due to obesity (BMI more than 30). However, double this number of deaths (676,000) could be due to physical inactivity.

Professor Ulf Ekelund of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, who led the study, says: “This is a simple message: just a small amount of daily physical activity could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.
Although just twenty minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this – physical activity has many health benefits & should be an important part of our daily life.

See more at: http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/lack-exercise-premature-deaths/

Also: https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/exercise-fitness/10-reasons-for-a-winter-walk

The shock news at the end of 2016 that those in the 40 to 60 age group are neglecting their health with poor lifestyle habits reinforces our guiding principle – just a small amount of regular exercise can make a huge improvement to a sedentary lifestyle.

Research on health levels in Nottingham City reveals
1. Life expectancy for both sexes is below the national average
2. Adult obesity is about the national average – and that’s not good!
3. Percentage of physically active adults is about the national average

For Nottinghamshire County
1. Life expectancy for both sexes is about the national average
2. Adult obesity is about the national average. Numbers overweight are more than this average
3. Percentage of physically active adults is slightly higher than the national average

We can do better than this, folks!
Join us on some of these walks.
Improve your health, lift your spirits and make new friends!
Walking is good for life – Life is good for walkers!

The Nottinghamshire Guided Walks Partnership

Get the Comprehensive Guide to the ROBIN HOOD WAY
Brand New 4th Edition Includes the complete 105 mile route now fully updated and revised, plus: ‘Mansfield’s Route to Sherwood Forest’ & 14 Circular Walks based on sections of the route, mapping, colour photos and other useful info.  Price £10.95 plus p&p £2.45 To order your copy go to www.robinhoodway.com or telephone 0115 920 4066

If your club or organisation has benefited from appearing here, we’d like to know as it really helps us to obtain grants.

Please email

These grants make an enormous difference to our booklet circulation. More people now eagerly await its publication and enjoy the walks.

We are now being noticed!

May we also express our appreciation to Portland Print and Notts Area Ramblers for their help by advertising in our booklet. Thank you also to Nottinghamshire County Council for their web-site link, plus promotional, financial & distribution help.


The Partnership is very aware that we owe a huge debt to our walk leaders.  A word of thanks at the end of  your walk would be appreciated by every one, we know.

We’d like to mention Chris Thompson, our Chairman, who will have clocked up 44 walks by January next year. We’ve had large batches from Dave Evans of Whaley Thorns (26), with 41 wildlife walks from Notts Wildlife Trust and Sherwood Forest.  We are grateful to all our contributors, but especially to these.

We are up to 154 walks this year in booklet and web-site, with even more Health Walks from this scheme.  Please check our fresh-looking web-site for any extra walks that we could not include in this booklet before we had to go to print  –  www.nottsguidedwalks.co.uk

Our thanks to all you leaders. We hope you enjoyed leading and will do so again for us. This is really an excellent opportunity to gain new members for your group. Our research confirms again that more than 3 out of ten of the people who join these walks are new, as a result of our publicity.  Chat to them, make them welcome—sign them up!

With a still larger Big Lottery grant, we’re again covering a much wider area of the County. If your club or organisation has benefited from appearing here, we’d like to know. It really helps us to obtain these grants.

Please E-mail Alex Staniforth whose email address appears on the front inside cover.