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 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.

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 unforgettable walk, venture down the Major Oak Trail! This 45 minute walk takes you past Robin Hood's iconic hideout, the Major Oak. This visually striking tree is 8,000 - 10,000 years old and is believed to be the place Robin slept and kept loot.

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: outdoor Christmas trail, a unique outdoor light installation with an enchanting, winter paradise including a 2km (1¼ mile) illuminated trail of discovery created with four magical lands, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.  

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 park is open during the core hours 10am – 5pm (last entry is 4pm) – open daily. 

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 to takeaway from one of the cafes. 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. 

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. You will be able to walk through site and to the gorge via the public footpaths from Creswell and Welbeck, but please be aware there will be no facilities or parking on site. This applies all seven days of the week. If you do walk through the site, please take your litter home if you can, to help our reduced team keep our site safe and clean. In line with the seasonal terms of their lease, Creswell will be closed on weekdays, as they are every year. On weekdays, the gorge is accessible via the public bridleway from Creswell, but all on site facilities – including the car park – will be closed.

Check out our Tours & Trails page for lots more walking itineraries and ideas!

This blog was written by Kinga Kapias, Acting Marketing and Communications Manager 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
Gruffalo Trail

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 2 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.



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