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IntroductionWelcome to our second edition of ‘100 Walks from the Poppy and Pint’. I hope that you find it useful. You will find a rangeof walks suitable for exercise during the ‘lockdown’. They range in distance from 4 kms to 24 kms and most are on good,waymarked paths. Each starts and finishes at The Poppy and Pint – a well-known landmark and conveniently close towhere I live!From the Poppy and Pint, you will need to either make your way to The Hook by the River Trent via Mona Road, or to theGrantham Canal, via Rutland Road, where most of the walks ensue.Of course, you don’t really have to start or finish at the Poppy and Pint. However, when it’s open again, James, themanager, will be very pleased to accommodate you and is happy for you to park in the car park if you call in after yourwalk!You will see that we have not quite reached the one hundred mark for the number of walks from Lady Bay! However, Ihope you’ll agree that there are a surprisingly high number of quality walks that start from right on our doorstep.Thanks so much for your support and interest.I hope to see you in The Poppy when this is all over to compare notes and share ideas for mountain walking, which is whatI am more used to.Happy Rambling from Lady Bay and be sure to stay in touch!Best wishes,Trevor Riddiough2

Route-findingYou should be able to follow the clues to get you around each route without a map.Useful maps are: Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 129 Nottingham and Loughborough 1:50,000 or Explorer 260 Nottingham Vale of Belvoir 1:25,000You can download these maps onto your mobile once you have bought them.ViewRanger is a free App and navigational aid. Once downloaded you may never get lost again as it shows your exactlocation on a clear base map! It uses GPS signals and so does not use your data allowance and is economical with your phone battery.If you would like a five-minute quick start guide, e mail me and we can arrange a phone call to get you going!AcknowledgementsI am grateful to the following people who have helped me enormously during this task:Front Cover: Louie McGavin – Year 5, Hambrook Primary School, Bristol – our Grandson.Contributions, test walks, preparation and writing up walking briefs: Pete Strauss, Hilary Trengrouse.Suggestions for routes: Sheila Hyde, Bernard Jarvis, Anthony Jay, Steve Nelson, Catherine Todd.James Halfpenny, manager of the Poppy and Pint and The Castle Rock Brewery for their support and encouragement.Andy Allan, CEO of Thunderforest Maps, for allowing me to use the map images free of charge. This was so important, as this publication would not beuseful without the maps. Maps www.thunderforest.com, Data www.osm.org/copyright.ContactE mail: [email protected] am currently a volunteer walk and trek leader for Ramblers Walking Holidays at home and abroad. If you would like to join us on any of our tours, why notcheck out the brochure and dream of better times to come: https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/Ramblers Walking Holidays is a social enterprise with a not-for-profit ethos: part of its income is channelled back into charities and initiatives that supportaccess to the great outdoors and benefit people living in the less-advantaged destinations that we visit.3

100 Walks from the Poppy and Pint Bike friendly route Especially good for birdsIndexWalk 1: The Classic Hook Round 3.75 kmsPage 7Walk 2: A short walk along the Grantham Canal 4 kmsPage 9Walk 3: A Short Walk to The Water Sports via Trent Fields5 kmsPage 11Walk 4: Bassingfield Circuit via the Grantham Canal 7 kmsPage 13Walk 5: Skylarks Nature Reserve Car Park Direct – avoiding roads7.2 kmsPage 15Walk 6: The Watersports direct to the Northern Section of Skylarks Nature Reserve 8 kmsPage 17Walk 7: River Walk to The Toll Bridge at Wilford 8.75 kmsPage 20Walk 8: Iremongers Pond and The Toll Bridge 9 kmsPage 22Walk 9: Round the Water Sports Regatta Lake – on the Perimeter Path 9.5 kmsPage 24Walk 10: Round the Water Sports Regatta Lake – on Footpaths9. 5 kmsPage 26Walk 11: Skylarks Nature Reserve Circuit via Adbolton Lane and Regatta Way 10 kmsPage 28Walk 12: Sharphill 10.2 kmsPage 30Walk 13: Sneinton Greenway to Colwick Park 11 kmsPage 33Walk 14: Colwick Wood Nature Reserve11 kmsPage 35Walk 15: Holme Pierrepont to Bassingfield – Return by the Canal11.25 kmsPage 37Walk 16: Direct Route to Skylarks Nature Reserve and the Water Ski Lake12 kmsPage 39Walk 17: Skylarks to Holme Pierrepont Village. Return by the Water Ski Lake13 kmsPage 414

Walk 18: The Bassingfield Round - the Long Way 13 kmsPage 43Walk 19: Cross Country – Radcliffe to Bassingfield and Beyond 13.5 kmsPage 45Walk 20: Cotgrave Country Park Direct along the Grantham Canal 14 kmsPage 47 *Walk 21: Grantham Canal across fields to Cotgrave and Gamston 14 kmsPage 49Walk 22: Cotgrave Country Park via the Disused Railway Line at Radcliffe 15.5 kmsPage 51Walk 23: The Four Tons: ClipsTON, NormanTON, TollerTON and GamsTON 16 kmsPage 53Walk 24: Clipston on the Wolds and Cotgrave Forest 18.5 kmsPage 55Walk 25: Beeston Lock via the Beeston Canal. Return by the River on the Trent Valley Way 20 kmsPage 57Walk 26: Cotgrave Country Park with a view 20 kmsPage 59Walk 27: The Cliffs of Radcliffe and the Shelford Round20.5 kmsPage 61Walk 28: Barton in Fabis along the Trent Valley Way 22.5 kmsPage 63Walk 29: An Exploration of Cotgrave Country Park Up to 5.8 kmsPage 65Walk 30: An Exploration of Colwick Country Park VariablePage 67Walk 31: An Exploration of Skylarks Nature Reserve VariablePage 69Walk 32: A Walk around Skylarks Nature Reserve 4 kmsPage 71Walk 33: An Exploration of Wilford Claypit Nature Reserve VariablePage 73Walk 34: Clipston on the Wolds and Clipston Forest 5 kmsPage 75Walk 35: The Stoke Bardolph Round 7 kmsPage 77Walk 36: The Gotham Heritage Trail7.2 kmsPage 79Walk 37: The Cliffs of Radcliffe from Radcliffe 8 kmsPage 81Quality Walks further afield – up to 20 minutes’ drive from Lady Bay5

Walk 38: Clifton Grove Nature Reserve along the Trent Valley Way 8.6 kmsPage 83Walk 39: Kneeton to East Bridgford along the River Trent 10.5 kmsPage 85Walk 40: Gotham and West Leake Hills 15 kmsPage 88Walk 41: Gunthorpe, Caythorpe and Hoveringham along the Trent Valley 16 kmsPage 91Walk 42: The Rushcliffe 100 Walk100 kmsPage 93Walk 43: The Final Walk VariablePage 946

Walk 1: The Classic Hook Round DescriptionThis is the classic Hook circular walk. If you don’t know this one, you must be new to the scene or never venture beyond The Poppy! This is a great eveningwalk by the river watching the sunset!CluesWalk to The Hook via Mona Road. Once on The Hook, walk straight ahead to the river path. Turn right and take the river path downstream to the SailingClub footpath gate. Do not go through the gate but turn right on a short narrow foot / cycle path. When you reach the road (Adbolton Lane), turn right andwalk along the lane. At the first junction, turn right and continue on Adbolton Lane on the pavements into Trent Boulevard and finish at the Poppy and Pint!Distance: 3.75 kmsWalking Time: 50 minutes7

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Walk 2: A short walk along the Grantham Canal DescriptionThis walk takes you towards Morrisons along the Grantham Canal. Water birds can be seen nesting this time of year. There are four canal bridges along thissection of the canal. It is possible to turn round at any one of the bridges to adjust the distance according to need.CluesStart the canal section on Radcliffe Road just past Rutland stores. Walk on the canal towpath until you reach the A6011. The path then turns right for 50mto a place where you can cross the main road. Once over the road walk back to the canal tunnel. Be careful at the tunnel as the path is very narrow andother people may be walking – self distance! Walk along the towpath to any one of the four bridges on this section.You can return by crossing on any one of the four canal bridges up to Morrisons and walking back along the canal on the other side. Remember to crossback on the fourth bridge before you return the same way on the final section of the canal path back into Lady Bay and to The Poppy and Pint!Distance: 4 kmsWalking Time: 1.25 hours9

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Walk 3: A Short Walk to The Water Sports via Trent FieldsDescriptionA short walk, avoiding the main paths and crowds to The Water Sports on the way out. Look out for Reed Bunting on the reeds by the ‘flood pool’ in TrentFields.CluesWalk to The Hook via Mona Road. Once on The Hook, take the path immediately right alongside the allotments. Once in open space on Trent Fields, keepthe ‘flood pool’ on your left and head for the Sailing Club. Continue on the river path past the Sailing Club. At the next fence turn right and walk around thecricket ground heading towards ‘Desperate Measures’ canoe shop which is to the left of the cricket pavilion. Walk anticlockwise around the Regatta Lakeuntil you pass the main building. Take the main driveway right which goes through the main entrance of the Water Sports area to the road. Turn right andwalk back along the road to Adbolton. Walk past the campsite and along Adbolton Lane and Trent Boulevard to Lady Bay and the Poppy and Pint!Distance: 5 kmsWalking Time: 1.5 hours11

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Walk 4: Bassingfield Circuit via the Grantham Canal DescriptionThis is the classic circuit around the Grantham Canal. An extended walk along the canal is complimented by the return through Bassingfield Village.CluesStart the canal section on Radcliffe Road just past Rutland stores. Walk on the canal towpath until you reach the A6011. The path then turns right for 50mto a place where you can cross the main road. Once over the road walk back to the canal tunnel. Be careful at the tunnel as the path is very narrow andother people may be walking – self distance! Continue on the canal towpath. Count four canal bridges between the A52 and Morrisons. At the last bridge,(the fourth bridge) cross the canal and take the jitty ahead of you. At the Ambleside Road, turn right – following the blue signs to Bassingfield. Take thesecond left onto Windermere Close and then right onto a lane that takes you to the A52 crossing. Cross the A52 and then turn right and head up the roaduntil you get to the Grantham Canal. Turn left and head along the canal tow path to the first canal bridge. Turn left and cross the canal bridge. Continue onthe path to a road at the edge of Bassingfield Village. At this road, turn left. This road takes you through Bassingfield Village and directly back to the A52Crossing. From here retrace your steps to the canal at Morrisons and then back to Lady Bay and the Poppy and Pint!Distance: 7 kmsWalking Time: 2.5 hours13

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Walk 5: Skylarks Nature Reserve Car Park Direct – avoiding roadsDescriptionThis walk takes you to Skylarks Nature Reserve the shortest way and the best way as it avoids all roads. Skylarks Nature Reserve has routes and walks for all,including a 2 mile footpath linking viewing screens and board-walks, situated at prime locations around the site, allowing fantastic views and access to lakes,woodlands, ponds, reed beds, meadows, scrapes and islands.CluesWalk to The Hook via Mona Road. Once on The Hook, take the path immediately right alongside the allotments. Once in open space on Trent Fields, keepthe ‘flood pool’ on your left and head for the Sailing Club. Continue on the river path past the Sailing Club. At the next fence turn right and walk around thecricket ground heading towards ‘Desperate Measures’ canoe shop which is to the left of the cricket pavilion. Continue down some steps to the WaterSports area. Walk anticlockwise around the Regatta Lake until you pass the main building and the spectators’ area. Then take a path diagonally right past amemorial stone and three garden seats, and down to a metal gate. Go through the gate and cross a field with the hedge on your immediate left. Look forSong Thrushes and Meadow Thrushes in this field. Enter the ‘e combat zone’ and look for a path diagonally rightwards that takes you to the road and themain Skylarks Nature Reserve car park. Return along the road. At the Sailing Club entrance opposite the campsite, take the short footpath right which takesyou back to the river. Turn left and return to Lady Bay either by the river path or the footpath through Trent Fields and back to Mona Road mand the Poppyand Pint!Distance: 7.2 kmsWalking Time: 2 hours15

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Walk 6: The Watersports direct to the Northern Section of Skylarks Nature Reserve DescriptionMost of our walks that go to Skylarks go the large reserve to the south of Adbolton Lane. This walk takes you to the smaller northern section of the reservewhich is totally wheelchair accessible. This is a neat, short walk with a delightful circuit along Grebe Lake within the northern reserve. This walk shows you aeasy way of slipping across from the Watersports perimeter path to Grebe Lake at Skylarks.CluesWalk to The Hook via Mona Road. Once on The Hook, take the path immediately right alongside the allotments. Once in open space on Trent Fields, keepthe ‘flood pool’ on your left and head for the Sailing Club. Continue on the river path past the Sailing Club. At the next fence turn right and walk around thecricket ground heading towards ‘Desperate Measures’ canoe shop which is to the left of the cricket pavilion. Continue down some steps to the RegattaLake. Walk anticlockwise around the Regatta Lake and pass the main building and the spectators’ area. When you get to the 750m marker on the side of theRegatta Lake, next to a sign ‘FOOTGOLF’ move off the perimeter path onto a clear footpath right. You will see a large nature reserve information board by astyle. Once through the style, you are in the northern section of Skylarks Nature Reserve. Turn left and take the green marked trail to the sensory hide.Keep left at any path junction, pass a second entrance on your left to the reserve, continue until you reach th