Upton Near Newark

Micklebarrow Hill

A short evening walk over Micklebarrow Hill to Averham Park, returning through Cheveral Wood. Meet Elaine (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) outside The Cross Keys, Main Street, Upton. Grid Ref. SK 735543 Post Code NG23 5SY Distance 4.7 miles Contact Tel. 01949 836042 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk

Dilliner Wood / Mansey Common

Dilliner Wood

To Orchard Wood Farm, Dilliner Wood, Mansey Common, National Grid Training Centre and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at The Beehive PH (smallest pub in Notts) The Hollows, Maplebeck. Please park carefully in village. Grid Ref. SK710 607 Post Code NG23 6AB Distance 6.7 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Summer on Gedling Country Park

Red Admiral

Plenty of interesting insects—Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Large and Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus butterflies — 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. No dogs. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00.

Duke of Portland Walk

St. Winifred’s Holbeck

Cuckney Church, (Motte & Bailey) Infield Lane, High Holbeck, St. Winifred’s Church (burial place of Dukes of Portland and their families) Robin Hood Way to Norton Lodge and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Greendale Oak PH, Budby Road, Cuckney. Grid Ref. SK567 713 Post Code NG20 9NQ Distance 5.9 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Walking the Wolds

West Leake

Figure of eight walk through the rolling hills of West Leake and the Nottinghamshire Wolds. Meet Janet and Keith (Worksop Ramblers) in the car park opposite St. Lawrence Church in Gotham. Post Code NG11 0HW Distance 7.5 miles Contact Tel. 01909 509729 or 07794 243935 www.ramblers.org.uk/worksop

In search of Robin Hood

St.Mary’s Edwinstowe

Visit St Mary’s Church Edwinstowe site where Robin Hood married Maid Marian, then to Robin’s famous hiding place, the Major Oak. Cross Birklands forest and heathland to Centre Tree, at the middle of the old forest. Through the Plantation to Blackpool, the former site of 6th Duke of Portland’s Russian Cottage, near the Shambles Oak, Robin’s larder, where the outlaws supposedly hung venison after stealing it from the King. The tree was blown down in a gale in the 1960’s. See the site of St Edwin’s Chapel in part of what used to be the Royal Deer Park and what is now known as King John’s Palace, some 3 miles away at Old Clipston. Return to Sherwood Visitor Centre. Meet Chris Thompson (Robin Hood Way Flexi Group) at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Edwinstowe (Porch Entrance). No booking required. Grid Ref. SK626 668 Post Code NG21 9QA Distance 6.5 miles (3 hours) Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Chesterfield Canal

Chesterfield Canal

St Luke’s Church, Shireoaks Hall, Netherthorpe Airfield, Thorpe Salvin, Old Spring Wood, Chesterfield Canal, Turnerwood and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at St Luke’s Church, Shireoaks Row, Shireoaks. Park carefully in the village. Grid Ref. SK 554 809 Post Code S81 0XS Distance 6.7 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Nottingham Rivers and a Canal

Beeston Canal

An evening urban walk along the Rivers Trent and Leen, then the Nottingham and Beeston Canal. Meet Elaine (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) on Riverside, next to Trent Bridge. Grid Ref. SK 581 383 Post Code NG2 2GS Distance 5.5 miles Contact Tel. 01949 836042 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk

Evening Walk No. 7 Edwalton & Sharp Hill Wood

Holy Rood Church

To Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, past the Church of Holy Rood, Edwalton Golf Course, Nottcutts Garden Centre, A52, path to Ruddington, Sharp Hill and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Wilford Hill Cemetery car park, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford. Grid Ref. SK579 354 Post Code NG2 7FF Distance 5.8 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Linby Wildflower Discovery

Linby Trail

A gentle out-and-back amble to find and identify the wild flowers growing in this limestone habitat. About 2 to 2.5 hours. Meet Gay Wood (Gedling local group of Notts Wildlife Trust) outside the Horse and Groom pub in Linby. Post Code NG15 8AE Distance Under 3 miles Contact Tel. 0115 9205940 or email gaywood43@googlemail.com

St Ann’s Allotments Tours

St Annes Allotment

The fourth 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 via website www,staa.eventbrite.com  Any booking questions to info@staa-allotments.org.uk or calling 0115 960 2282, leaving your name and contact telephone number. Web-site  staa-allotments.org.uk These tours take place on the last Wednesday of each month until the last in September

Evening Walk No.8 Hardwick Inn

Duck Decoy Pond Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Inn, Duck Decoy Pond, Great Pond, Mill, climb out of park to Ault Hucknall, Hardwick Hall Drive, Lady Spencer Wood, and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Hardwick Inn car park, Hardwick Park, near Chesterfield. Grid Ref. SK458 634 Post Code  S44 5QJ Distance 6.0 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Mansfield & Pinxton Railway Sutton to Mansfield

Pinxton Railway

The terrain is mostly flat but has one short hill and two footbridges to cross. Some footpaths may have muddy patches or puddles. Meet Denis Hill at Sutton Parkway Railway Station (west car park). Free car parking at the Sutton station and regular trains returning from Mansfield to Sutton. Post Code  NG17 5LX. Distance 3.1 miles. No charge but booking essential Email  denishill1066@gmail.com Contact Tel. 0744 353 6811

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. 01623 743 087