Nottingham has quite a hilly terrain, with flat areas too, which makes Nottingham the perfect city for walkers of all ability levels.
Hilly areas include St. Annes, Mapperley, and the Park Estate. Flat areas of Nottingham include the canal, river trent, and the Meadows estate.
Here is our list of the best places to go for a walk in Nottingham city centre, and surrounding Nottinghamshire areas:
- Attenborough Nature Reserve
An area of outstanding natural beauty, and home to many specifies of plants and animals. Excellent for walkers of all ability levels as it is very flat, and popular with bird watchers.
- Clumber Park
Owned by the National Trust, so there is an admission fee. A nice area for walking, with woods, and open spaces. Events are also put on throughout the year.
- Dukes Wood
A woodland nature reserve with a nature trail near to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
- Gedling Country Park
A newly transformed slag heap that is now a sprawling country park. As it is new, the trees are not fully established yet, so it can be exposed on windy days. There is a fabulous children’s play area, and ample parking.
- Nottingham Arboretum
The Arboretum is a well cared for park and gardens area close to the Victoria Centre in Nottingham, and Trent University. There are several entrances, one off Waverley Street, and the other off Adison Street. It is only open during daylight hours, and is quite hilly so you can have a good walk around.
- Nottingham Canal Path & River Trent
From Nottingham you can walk miles along the canal path in both directions. It is beautiful to look at while walking both day and night. It is completely flat except for a few bridges that you might need to cross, with steps going up to them. Some of the bridges you need to go under are narrow, and there are often no railings, so be careful. The canal joins the River Trent near to the Forest Football Club ground, and you can walk all the way along to Beeston Marina, and Attenborough Nature Reserve.
- Nottingham Independent Shopping Trail
A great way of discovering Nottingham city centre, especially if you are partial to doing a bit of shopping. This route helps to support independently owned businesses in the city.
- Rufford Abbey
Free entry, except for the parking charge. Some beatiful grounds to explore. Located near Mansfield, Nottingham.
- Sherwood Forest
Famous for the tales of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is home to the legendary Major Oak. You can walk for miles, including woodland treks, and paths. You can also hire a bike here.
There are also a number of walking groups if you fancy making some new friends, and walking:
- Best Foot Forward
- Broxtowe Ramblers
- Gedling & Dukeries Ramblers
- Get Fit Nottingham
Vibrant friendly group of urban walkers, frequently well attended walks.
- Making Tracks Walking Group
Aimed at people aged 40+.
- Newark Ramblers
- Nottingham & Derby Walking Group
Aimed at 20 and 30 year olds.
- Nottingham HF Rambling Club
- Nottingham Ramblers
- Nottingham Wayfarers Rambling Club
- Nottinghamshire Ramblers
- Notts Guided Walks
- One Step Walkers
- Rushcliffe Ramblers
- University of Nottingham Rambling & Hill Walking Club
If you know of any other good areas to walk that we should list, or any other walking clubs in Nottingham please let us know using the reply section below.