Changes to our Walking Programme

The Ramblers have notified us that their guided walks programme is still cancelled, now up to 30th June at the earliest. This also applies to all the Whaley Thorns outings from the Heritage Centre. For the three Mansfield and Pinxton walks you are asked to contact Denis Hill, on the number supplied, to check the situation and take the opportunity to get a self-guided walk booklet for them. All groups walks in Sherwood Forest are cancelled at present, including Chris Thompson’s Robin Hood and Friar Tuck walks. Please check when restrictions are relaxed.

Wildlife Walks

The Gedling Country Park Saturday wildlife walks are also cancelled, but check later in the year if restrictions are relaxed.

St. Ann’s Allotments tours are not yet cancelled, but check first on the number supplied.

Similarly, for the two Potwell Dyke walks in late May, telephone first to check.

Notts Wildlife Trust planned events and walks are still suspended until 31st May, but after that, check their web-site or telephone the Reserves, some of which are open.
Gay Woods’s Linby walk 24th June—cancelled.

Walking for Health

All the Ramblers ‘Walking for Health’ still suspended until at least 30th June, but check each group after that. Most of these health walks are not Rambler–sponsored however, so check with those who are not, before you go. Contact numbers are in the booklet.

Of the three Local Access Forum walks, the March one is cancelled. Please check first for the other two in September and December.

NOTE:  According to the current Government instructions,  we can now walk in small groups of no more than six on Gedling Country Park, maintaining a ‘social distance’. However we are not yet resuming the Saturday wildlife walks over there until further restrictions are lifted, and we can gather  more closely.

We shall let you know on this page when the Ramblers and other organisations resume normal group walking. It is not yet.  If you have other queries, please email  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:


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 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  –

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.