The Basics Length of this circular walk is 3.1/2 miles (5.5 kilometres) mainly over grassy paths, with 1/3 mile of road at the start and 1/2 mile in the middle. It is flat easy walking on agricultural land, with an interesting curiosity at Scarrington. Horses and cattle are rare, birds and rabbits a-plenty.
How to get there Buses are also rare. The new A46 is the nearest trunk road. Exit to the A6097 signed to Mansfield, then follow signs to Car Colston left up the old A46. Turn right into village. From Nottingham take the A52 east, turning left at the roundabout just before Bingham. Right at next R/B to Car Colston. The Royal Oak is on the far side of the green. Post code NG13 8JE. Map Ref SK 718 426. Web-site www.brilliantpubs.co.uk/royaloaknotts Parking You may park at the inn, especially if a customer.
The 18th century Royal Oak sits on the edge of reputedly the largest village green in England where cattle graze and Sunday afternoon cricket is played. High quality pub food is served every day except Sunday evening, either in the restaurant or on the green.
Wines from around the world are available by the bottle or glass. Four real ales are available – three house bitters and a guest ale, all kept in perfect condition as mentioned in CAMRA’s good beer guide. San Miguel and Foster’s lagers are also served. THE VALE OF BELVOIR & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2009. The value-for-money menu includes superb fresh fish dishes, with daily specials shown on the restaurant black- board. With husband-and-wife team Richard and Vicky at the helm, awarded five stars for food hygiene, you can expect high standards.