Dawn Chorus

Chiffchaff

We’ll try to beat last year’s count of 41 birds. Most incoming mi- grants should be here. Green hair- streak and dingy skipper butterflies. 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. Walking may be slow. No dogs. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must be ac- companied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00.

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Bluebell Walk

Poulter Country Park

Out 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. 01623 743 087

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Bluebell Walk

Bluebells in Graves Wood

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. 01623 743 087

Evening Walk No.1 Burnstump Park

Burntstump

Through Watchwood Plantation, Polish War Memorial, and return through forest paths. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Burnstump Inn car park, Burntstump Hill, Arnold. Grid Ref. SK 577 508 Post Code NG5 8PG Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

A Woodland Wander

Blidworth Woods

A pleasant walk round Blidworth Woods on good paths which may be a little muddy. No stiles but a few ascents and descents. May be buy coffee at the coffee break. Meet Angela (Rushcliffe Ramblers) at the Fox & Hounds, Blidworth Lane, Blidworth Bottoms. Grid Ref.SK589 547 Post Code NG21 0NW. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 0115 981 6039 or 07973 142 929

Historic Newark

Newark Market Place

A leisurely evening walk in Newark looking at various historic sites in Newark including the lock gates, castle, timber framed buildings and Newark market place. Please bring a drink, especially if it is a warm evening. Meet Dave Johnson (Southwell Ramblers) at the car park opposite Newark Castle. Grid Ref. SK 794 541 Post Code NG24 1BS Distance 3 miles Contact Tel. 01636 814 277

A Woodland Wander

Blidworth Woods

A pleasant walk round Blidworth Woods on good paths which may be a little muddy after rain. No stiles but a few ascents and descents. There may be an opportunity to buy coffee at the coffee break. Meet Angela (Rushcliffe Ramblers) at the Fox & Hounds, Blidworth Lane, Blidworth Bottoms. Grid Ref . SK589 547 Post Code NG21 0NW. Distance 5 miles Contact Tel. 0115 981 6039 or 7973 142929

In search of Friar Tuck

Fountain Dale

Visit the home of Friar Tuck, the jovial friar, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, mostly depicted as a fat, bald, jovial monk with a love of food and drink. We visit his holy well in Fountains Dale, believed to be the location of Robin and Friar Tuck’s first meeting. Friar Tuck was accomplished with bow and sword, so on hearing this from Will Scarlet, Robin felt he must have this doughty fighter in his band of outlaws. The story of their meeting, carry- ing each other back and forth over the still-visible moat is one of the popular myths associated with the legend. Nearby is Friar Tuck’s Cave and Fountain Dale House where Sir Walter Scott penned his most famous work ‘Ivanhoe’. Meet Chris Thompson (Robin Hood Flexi Group) in the café car park (left) off driveway to Portland College, off A60. Grid Ref. SK 550 568 Post Code NG18 4TJ Distance 4.9 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Evening Walk No.2 Nuthall / Kimberley

Robin Hood Way

Into Kimberley, then the Robin Hood Way path to arrive at a lofty position over the River Giltbrook valley, following the river to Reckoning House Farm, then descending to Watnall, returning via New Farm. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Three Ponds Inn, Kimberley Road, Nuthall. Grid Ref. SK 515 445 Post Code NG16 1DA Distance 5.3 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

West Leake Hills

West Leake Hills

Up to the West Leake Hills, the Cuckoo Farm and Cuckoo Bush, a Neolithic burial mound, returning by Crow Hill and Crow Wood. Meet Paul (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) at West Leake Church. Grid Ref. SK 528265 Post Code LE12 5RF Distance 7 miles Contact Tel. 07908 996042 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk

Mansfield & Pinxton Railway Kirkby Circular

Pinxton Railway

Mostly flat apart from a gradual incline out of Portland Park. Some footpaths may have muddy patches or puddles of water. Park at the top of Portland Park and meet Trevor Lewis at the bottom, on Lindley’s Lane, Kirkby-in -Ashfield, close to the railway level crossing. Distance 4.5 miles. Post Code NG17 9AL No charge but booking essential with denishill1066@gmail.com Contact Tel. 07443 536 811

Evening Walk No.3 Brierley Forest Park

Brierley Forest Park

Around Brierley FP, Stubbinhill Farm, Silverhill Trail, Herrod’s Hill, Huthwaite, and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Brierley Forest Park, Skegby Road, off Sutton Road, Huthwaite. Grid Ref. SK 473 596 Post Code NG17 2PL Distance 5.8 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Old Ollerton to Rufford

Rufford Country Park

A field edge path and a small lane takes us to Rufford Hills Farm and a pleasant path around the edge of it. Dog walkers need to be aware that this path takes us across the edge of a field with cattle. We may enjoy evening birdsong in Rufford Country Park as we walk around the lake. We return to Old Ollerton across field tracks past Ollerton Hills and Tip Top Wood back to the pub where you are welcome to join us for a drink. Meet Diana (Worksop Ramblers) in the car park of The Ollerton House on Wellow Road. Post Code N22 9AP Distance 4.5 miles Contact Tel. 01909 720812 or 07909 692685

Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre Scarcliffe Walk

Scarcliffe Park

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.

 

St Ann’s Allotments Tours

St.Annes Allotments

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

Potwell Dyke Grasslands

Potwell Dyke

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grass- lands 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 special haven of rare natural beauty—about 1.1/2 hours. 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 more information: ros.johnson6@gmail.com

Evening Walk No. 4 Radcliffe on Trent

Grantham Canal

Along Main Road, Holme Lane, bridge over A52, Cotgrave CP, Grantham Canal, Skylarks CP, Adbolton Hall, and return. Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at Manvers Arms, 50 Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Park in car park opposite Shelford Road. Grid Ref. SK 646 392 Post Code NG12 2AA Distance 6.2 miles Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Potwell Dyke Grasslands

Powell Dyke

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grass- lands 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 special haven of rare natural beauty—about 1.1/2 hours. 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 more information: ros.johnson6@gmail.com