Bestwood Country Park

The 650 acres of Bestwood have a richly varied landscape, wildlife and industrial heritage. This serene oasis, now popular with walkers, cyclists and bird-watchers, was once home to one of Britain’s busiest coal mines. 

Bestwood Country Park is jointly owned by us and Gedling Borough Council who manage the park on our behalf.

  • free admission and car parking
  • car parks open 10am to 4pm
  • dogs welcome on a lead
  • park open every day, except Christmas day
  • Winding Engine House open Saturday, 10am to 12 noon.

Getting here

Bestwood is approximately four miles north of Nottingham, between Arnold and Bestwood Village.

Train: the nearest stations are Bulwell (2 miles) and Hucknall (3 miles)

Bus: Trent-Barton 141, Nottingham – Mansfield and Doyles Coaches 228, Bulwell to Hucknall.

Cycle: the park is on route 6 of the National Cycle Network

Car: for sat-nav use postcode NG6 8ZA

See Bestwood from the air

Fly above the park in this short aerial video by Paul Brook. 

The Dynamo House Café

Open: Saturday, 10am – 1pm and on Bank Holidays, serving hot drinks and home-made cakes. Run by volunteers from the Friends of Bestwood Country Park and the Bestwood Village WI and all profits benefit the park

Picnic tables throughout park

Accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities in the Dynamo House and other toilets throughout the park.

View a map of the park [PDF].

Car parking

  • You can park at Bestwood Lodge Hotel or, at the opposite end of the park, in Bestwood Village
  • Both car parks are open from 10am to 5pm
  • Disabled parking is located next to Alexandra Lodge (Bestwood Village)

Upcoming events at Bestwood

 

Bestwood is a hilly site with steep gradients. Some paths are wheelchair accessible and the area near the Winding Engine House is fairly flat.

The Dynamo House and Winding Engine House are fully accessible and have an audio loop.

Accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities in the Dynamo House and other toilets throughout the park.

View a map of the park [PDF].

Contact details

enquiries@gedling.gov.uk

Visitor information: 0115 901 3901