The Uttlesford Ramblers

Making a walk a pleasure

The Dukeries and Sherwood Forest October 2017


 The item below is a shortened version of the instructions Daphne sent out to those going on the autumn break. As it was rather amusing we thought more people should enjoy it!

 Outlaws and Aristocrats Autumn Break in Sherwood and the Dukeries

Wednesday 11 October – Sunday 15th October 2017

To all participants, be ye a merry man, a lively lady or a surly Sheriff’s henchman.

Here is the cunning plan ……


Travel to Southwell which is a charming small town, home of the Bramley apple and has many interesting old buildings including the impressive Minster and the grim Workhouse (NT) . Lunch at the Hearty Goodfellow PH in Church St and there are also many alternative lunching options in the town including a really nice refectory at the Minster, cafes, bistros and several other pubs. The afternoon walk is an easy town & countryside stroll of about 4.5miles. Meet 2.00 pm   Main door of Southwell Minster in Church Street, NG25 OHD.


All-day walk 6.0 + 5.5 miles visiting lovely Clumber Park (NT) - hoping for autumn colour.                                                        

Meet 10.00am far side of the car park at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa. Light lunch will be taken at the National Trust tea shop in Clumber Park at 1.00 pm approx. There is no charge to walk into the park. Non-members will be charged if they drive into the park S80 3BE to join us for the afternoon or to do their own walk. (NB there is no Clumber House). Afterwards tea/coffee will be available in the bar at Clumber Park Hotel if you wish.

Thursday evening ; Optional group pre-booked meal at The Greendale Oak PH, Cuckney, NG20 9NQ SK566713 Meet 7.30 for 7.45pm  


All-day walk 4.5 + 5.5 miles visiting Prehistoric Creswell Crags and Webeck Park                                                          

Meet 10.00am CP St Mary’s Norton Church and Village Hall, at Cuckney. We will be walking west through woodland then eventually northwards to the Langwith - Whaley Thorns Rail Station (Robin Hood Line ) where we catch the 12.12 train one stop to Creswell Village. Then a short walk passing the caves to the tea shop at Creswell Crags Visitors Centre for a light lunch in their tea room at approx. 12.30 pm . We will be at the Crags Centre for about an hour. If anyone wishes to visit the Ice Age Exhibition downstairs there is an entry charge of £3 (cons £2) NB for non-walkers there is also an Ice Age talk and tour of “Robin Hood’s Cave” at 3.00pm that day, a joint ticket for this tour plus the exhibition is £7.50/£6.59. Those walking will continue on the Robin Hood Way back to Cuckney along the south side of the crags, then via St Winifred’s Chapel on through Welbeck Park –watching out for the herd of pure white fallow deer, back to St Mary’s.

Friday evening ; Optional group pre-booked meal at The Maypole Hotel, Newark Road Wellow, near Ollerton NG22 0EA SK671663 Meet 7.30 for 7.45pm.


All day walk to Newstead Abbey (Home of Lord Byron) 5 + 3miles (plus walk round gardens)                    

Meet 10.00am in Newstead Village in the Newstead & Annesley Counry Park, Pocket Park Car Park. This is just across the level crossing on Tilford Road near to Newstead Rail Station. (Please watch out for spooky children when entering the village!) The route is walking south on the old railway line to Linby Village then via St James Church and Papplewick Hall and north on the Robin Hood Way to Newstead Abbey. There is a small fee of £1 pp to enter the grounds of the Abbey. I will purchase the tickets for everyone while the group goes to the nearby Tea Rooms for a light lunch. After lunch there will be time to take a walk around the grounds see the Japanese garden and view that must-see item - the epitaph on the huge memorial to Byron’s beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain. We will eventually return to Newstead village via the lower driveway and the Country Park, with a possible visit to the Pit Pub for extra refreshment. Visiting the Abbey itself costs £8 (£6cons.) Well worth doing but the building is extensive and full of artifacts so not something that be done quickly. If you are not walking, the Abbey is open from 10.00 am (Sat & Sun only) and is accessible by car (CP£3) or on foot by walking one mile down the drive from the Pilgrim Oak entrance in Ravenshead, or a similar distance up the drive from Newstead Village Rail Station .                                                                          

Saturday evening ; Optional group pre-booked meal at Launay’s Restaurant, Church St . Edwinstowe. Meet 7.30 for 7.45pm.


A five mile circular morning walk from Edwinstowe, around the very oldest part of   Sherwood Forest visiting both the Centre Oak and the famous Major Oak.                                                             Meet 10.00 am in the car park of The Forest Lodge Hotel, 4 Church Street Edwinstowe, NG21 9QA SK626672. We will return here later for Sunday lunch before the journey home.

I have not checked all the routes, but Noreen also has a map and will hopefully come to the rescue if I get lost – just hope the plan was not too cunning and that I have not lost the plot.

NB The wearing of green tights, hoods or jaunty hats with feathers in is totally optional!



Friday, January 18, 2019