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Vicar Water Country Park

Break Free with Greenwood Forest

 Route type

 walk (circular)


 5 miles

 Number of stiles


 Surface and gradients

 surfaced paths only and some steep gradients

 Parking nearby


 On bus routes

 yes - plan a journey

 Starting point

 See map attached

 OS map number

 Explorer 270


A country park created partly on the pit heaps of Clipstone Colliery. Completed and opened in summer 2000. Walk graded by surface and gradient for people who may have difficulty getting into the countryside.

The park offers the visitor:

 - Lakes for angling and wildlife. 
 - Spectacular views from the top of the hill.
 - Excellent bird watching opportunities. 
 - A visitor centre with disabled toilet, refreshments and meeting room.

What kind of paths will I find?

Each walk card (download PDF) has a letter and number (for example A3) in the top right hand corner. It describes the surface and slope of the easiest part of the site in dry weather in Pack 1 and the most difficult part of the route in dry weather in Pack 2. 

Surface (in dry weather):

A = Smooth (tarmac, paving, concrete etc.)
B = Quite smooth (short grass, compacted earth, compacted stone etc)
C = Uneven (worn grass, loose stone, some ruts and tree roots, etc.)
D = Rough (long grass, soft earth, sand or gravel, severe ruts and tree roots, etc) 


1 = Gentle (up to 1:20)
2 = Quite gentle (up to 1:16)
3 = Fairly steep (up to 1:12)
4 = Steep (up to 1:8)
5 = Very steep (over 1:8)

On the map you will also find explorer routes, these go beyond the main routes and are for you to discover. The date on each map shows when the information about each walk was collected.

About Greenwood Community Forest

Greenwood is Nottinghamshire's Community Forest, and with a working partnership is transforming the local landscape to make it a greener and healthier place to be - on the doorsteps of over a million people living in and around the towns of Nottinghamshire.

There is a wide variety of things to do and places to visit - from the hectic and action-packed to the quiet and leisurely, there's something for everyone in Greenwood. Whatever your choice there are plenty of walks, cycle paths and bridleways to help you explore the beautiful and scenic countryside in Greenwood