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Getting out and about in Nottinghamshire

14 January 2020

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council's Communities and Place Committee, In Nottinghamshire, we have a wealth of great places to see on our doorstep. Whether it is visiting world famous attractions like Sherwood Forest, or taking a walk or bike ride with the family through the countryside on a winter morning, there’s no shortage of things to do.


At this time of year many of us are trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Don’t let the winter weather put you off. Getting outside is a great way to lose weight, get fitter and healthier, and best of all, it’s free!

Our nature reserves and green spaces cover more than 4,500 acres. Nottinghamshire has a network of more than 4,000 public footpaths, byways and bridleways, excellent for dog walking, or simply enjoying the countryside.

Our conservation sites are full of birds, mammals and insects for your children or grandchildren, so they can help curious young minds to learn more about local wildlife.

Whether it’s a trip to the lakes at Daneshill, bird watching at Dob Park, near Hucknall, or walking the Teversal and Pleasley Trails in Ashfield, there are plenty of places to visit. You can go to to see what’s on offer.

If cycling is your thing, why not take advantage of more than 650 miles of countryside and urban cycle routes? Our country parks include Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Holme Pierrepont, Cotgrave and Bestwood, and they have events going on all year round.

Rufford Abbey is regularly named as one of The East Midlands’ favourite free attractions. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, Holme Pierrepont is home to a country park and the National Water Sports Centre, which hosts kayaking and canoeing, a climbing wall, and white-water rafting, among many other activities.

If you’re a horse rider, Cotgrave and Bestwood are ideal, with Cotgrave hosting a 1.3km trail around the site.

For more information about place to explore in Nottinghamshire, why not take a look at our free routes and rides booklets? You can read them online or download copies using the links below, or visit

Don’t miss out on what’s happening in Nottinghamshire; sign up to our ‘what’s on’ email and keep up to date with all the exciting events taking place. Just visit for details.

I hope you have a fantastic 2020 and have a chance to explore our wonderful county.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council's Communities and Place Committee,

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