Nottinghamshire is stunning at this time of year and a walk in the wintery sun can be just the tonic to combat seasonal blues. Wrap up cosy and take a wander around one of the county's country parks, canals, or the iconic Sherwood Forest. 

Rufford Abbey Country Park Walks

Rufford Abbey | Visit Nottinghamshire
Escape the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and the last minute Christmas rush, and enjoy a gentle stroll through the ancient glades of Sherwood, looking for winter wildlife and discovering this legendary forest. You can explore Rufford Abbey Country Park at your own leisure - the park is open everyday except Christmas Day - or follow the magical Elf trail.

Family Walks in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest | Visit Nottinghamshire

Walk in the footsteps of Nottingham's famous outlaw - Robin Hood - and visit Sherwood Forest this winter season. Sherwood Forest is perfect for relaxing walks with the whole family, and pets are more than welcome too. For an all-weather surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, follow the Dragonfly trail to take in some of the oldest trees and have a rest at the Dragonfly Pond before you let the children run wild in the play areas found along the trail. You can also enjoy the Nightjar trail – following the Dragonfly Trail to then take you through a variety of the habitats within the forest, ranging from mature pine to lowland heathland. Enjoy the Christmas trail in the forest - a great way to enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter magic. For a truly atmospheric evening, drop along to Sherwood Pines’ Stargazing Night on 5 January, where you can explore the sky using telescopes and star maps. The evening includes an introductory presentation indoors followed by a tour of distant galaxies, glittering star clusters and the planetary giant, Jupiter.

Wollaton Park Winter Walks

Wollaton Hall, David Marsden | Visit Nottinghamshire

Spend time in Batman's back garden and have a wander around Wayne Manor. The grand Elizabethan architecture, herds of wild deer and peaceful lake at Wollaton Park and Hall all look stunning in the winter's sun, and make for some amazing photographs - like this beautiful image, made by David Marsden (Page One Photography). You will love looking back all those amazing wintry snaps taken during your walk. Try out the Candy Cane trail, from 17 November – 31 December, and wander the premises to find all the candy canes and claim your well-deserved prize.

Runs at Clumber Park

Clumber Park | Visit Nottinghamshire

If you prefer running instead of walking Clumber Park's parkrun takes place every Saturday between 9am and 10am. Dogs on leads are welcome. Don't forget to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Booking for first-timers this event is essential. Get rid of that sluggish post-Christmas feeling and walk off those mince pies at the Clumber Park Tinsel Trek on Thursday 27 December. Lasting approximately two hours, you can enjoy views of the lake, parkland and woodland of this historic estate. You can also take a free Family Christmas Dog Walk through Clumber Park on 22 December, taking in less familiar parts of Clumber Park which reflect a diverse range of habitats.

Newstead Abbey Walks

Newstead Abbey | Visit Nottinghamshire
Walk in the footsteps of the great poet Lord Byron and explore the gorgeous grounds of Newstead Abbey. See the lake in which Byron used to swim, find Boatswain the dog's tomb, and try and spot the peacocks sauntering about, or follow the trail of Stars and claim your prize. The grounds and cafe are open all week except for Christmas Day so be sure you make the most of it.

Nottingham Canal Walks

The Canalhouse | Visit Nottinghamshire
Waterside walks helps us relax and forget about our busy schedules so are often the most peaceful kind. Take a walk down city's canal-side and enjoy a warm drink at The Canalhouse. If you're more of a rural walking enthusiast then the beautiful riverside area of Farndon near Newark is perfect for you. Start your walk at the Chapel Lane car park and look out for St Peter’s Church, which dates back to Elizabethan times. Stop by The Ram for lunch, dinner or a drink while you are out exploring.

Craggy Christmas

Creswell Crags | Visit Nottinghamshire

See Santa whilst he’s stationed in his Ice Age Grotto at the ancient site of Creswell Crags on various dates throughout December, along with activities, live choirs and brass bands each weekend. Grab some freshly roasted chestnuts and take an atmospheric walk around the lake for extra bonus points.  

Check out our Pinterest winter walks board for more ideas, or our Tours & Trails page for lots more walking itineraries.

This blog was written by Kinga Kapias, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


The Major Oak
Historic Site
The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest | Visit Nottinghamshire

Sherwood Forest, a 450-acre country park and nature reserve, is home to the well-loved veteran oak tree the Major Oak, which is known throughout the world for its connection to Nottinghamshire’s legendary hero Robin Hood.

Sherwood Pines Forest Park
Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Sherwood Pines is the largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands with over 3,300 acres to discover. Admission is FREE although there is a car parking charge of £2 for 1 hour, £4 for 2 hours or £6 for the full day.

Wollaton Hall and Park
Wollaton Hall and Park

Spectacular Elizabethian Mansion and Deer Park set in the beautiful suburbs of Nottingham. Car parking £3 for up to 3 hours and £5 for the whole day.

Clumber Park
Country / Royal Park
Clumber Park

Theres so much to do at Clumber Park throughout the year, whether you like walking or cycling, eating in the restaurant or joining in with one of our many events.

Newstead Abbey
Historic Site
Newstead Abbey

A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.

Creswell Crags
Historic Site
Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire

Creswell Crags, in North Nottinghamshire is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Further evidence came to light in 2003 with the discovery of Britain’s only known Ice Age rock art.

The Ram Bar & Brasserie
The Ram Bar & Brasserie

The Bar & Brasserie has an air of Georgian coaching inn with a bespoke and elegant twist, serving a wide selection of drinks from real ales through to fine wines. The menu is mouth-wateringly tempting, offering choice for all diners on any occasion.



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