Nottinghamshire is stunning at this time of year and a frosty walk can be just the tonic to combat seasonal blues or rouse you from your festive stupor on Christmas Day. So if you've overdone it a little on the mince pies this year, wrap up cosy and take a wander around one of the county's country parks, canals or our iconic Sherwood Forest.

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Abbey | Visit Nottinghamshire
Escape the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and the last minute Christmas crowds, 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 every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest | Visit Nottinghamshire

Walk in the footsteps of Nottingham's famous hooded outlaw 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 one-mile 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 – starting off on the Dragonfly Trail before heading off through a variety of the habitats within the forest, ranging from mature pine to lowland heathland. Enjoy the family-friendly Christmas trail in the forest between 14 Dec and 5 Jan (except Christmas Day) - a great way to enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter magic. 

Wollaton Park

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 sun, and make for some amazing photographs - just like this beautiful image by David Marsden (Page One Photography). Why not take some wintery snaps of your own and share with us by tagging @VisitNotts and #lovenotts on Twitter? Make sure you experience the beautifully festive Christmas at Wollaton Hall: A Woodland Christmas, with plenty of great events including a trail around the site, chances to meet Santa, concerts, crafts, markets and more throughout the Christmas period!

Clumber Park

Clumber Park | Visit Nottinghamshire

Head to this National Trust property - one of just a handful of Grade I registered parks in the country - for one of the most gorgeous winter walks to be had in all of Nottinghamshire. With over 3800 acres of parkland, farmland and woods, the longest avenue of Lime Trees in Europe as well as walled gardens to explore, there's something for everyone. There's over 120 different types of tree, promising year-round colour and splendid views in every season. At the heart of the estate is the magnificent serpentine lake, complete with balustraded bridge and delightful Doric Temple. 

Newstead Abbey

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.

Canal walks

The Canalhouse | Visit Nottinghamshire
There's something truly peaceful about waterside walks, and it's a great way to experience a different side of the city you thought you knew. Take a walk down Nottingham'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.

Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags | Visit Nottinghamshire

This stunning limestone gorge is a wonderful place for an atmospheric winter walk. Walk in the footsteps of the Ice Age hunter and see the ancient caves as you stroll around the lake. If you're visiting at the weekend during November, December or January, be sure to drop into the Visitor Centre to see the fascinating museum and grab a hot drink from the charming café. You could also book a caves tour to see the UK's oldest verified cave art or the UK's largest collection of so-called 'witch marks' - well worth a visit!

Check out our Historic Homes and Castles page or our Tours & Trails page for lots more walking itineraries and ideas!

This blog was written by Kinga Kapias, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire and was first published in December 2018. It was updated by Sophie Milne, Communications 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
Sherwood Pines

Sherwood Pines is the largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands with over 3,300 acres to discover, free admission, bike hire, natures trails and Go Ape Treetop Adventure.

Wollaton Hall and Park
Wollaton Hall - Visit Nottinghamshire

Spectacular Elizabethan 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

There's 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.


Opened in 2000 on the lower floors of the former Canal museum, the Canalhouse is famous for having a canal that extends into the building complete with resident narrow boats.

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.



  1. Kim
    We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much beautiful woodland and countryside. Our towns are lovely too and well worth a visit. Love love love Nottinghamshire

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