We are really lucky to have so many lovely parks and green spaces, Wollaton Park is just one of many, and there’s the River Trent and Embankment and the Nottingham and other canals network. Linking all these are cycle trails and walks and public transport with the NCT and Trent all day bus tickets, the tram (have you ridden the tram from Nottingham to Hucknall and back yet?) plus the local trains for a little further afield.
It’s pretty awsome to know you can walk green routes through the city and use them as shortcuts. The Arbouretum for example can take you from Shakespeare Street to the top of Mansfield Road, a short bus hop and Woodthorpe Park is only minutes away with it’s Pitch and Putt golf. Theres another municipal Golf Course at Bestwood, and a little way away, Bestwood Country Park.
Finding the Countryside around the City, try the train from Nottm to Lincoln which stops at all the little stations, Burton Joyce, Lowdham, Hoveringham to name a few, and its only about fifteen minutes walk from most of them to the River Trent. Some villages have Pubs and/or restaurants and cafes. Then theres Beeston, Attenborough, Long Eaton and Sawley along the River in the opposite direction.
There are buses in all directions and super walks and small villages with their pubs to explore, South theres Clifton, Gotham, East Leake, Ruddington, and more …and on to Melton Mowbray, North theres Mansfield with a super city centre and market and Sutton in Ashfield and Kirkby in Ashfield and Pleasley Vale and other towns such as Shirebrook trying to re-invent and re-invigorate. There are footpaths, rambles and wildlife spaces, bird watching rspb sites – lots of beautiful woodland all around the county with volunteer groups and nature events and then theres Cresswell Craggs prehistoric cave complex too.
Southwell and Newark are on the way to the East Coast, so even if you are on your own, with a limited budget it’s possible to have some days out through the summer whether its by car, public transport, or cycle.
Not forgetting, Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe, Rufford Abbey and Mill, Thoresby and Clumber Parks and the country pubs near to all of them, just head for the nearest village!!
Add Holme Pierrepont Watersports Park and Radcliffe on Soar, Cotgrave, Bingham and the villages round and about, Camping at Holme Pierrepont and Stragglethorpe and the campsites north near Sherwood Forest plus the wonderful Go Ape and Sherwood Pines activity days!
Not to mention the awsome City Centre with the Castle, and Theatres both large and small, a few museums and art galleries, some reasonably priced hotels dotted about, Trent Bridge Cricket in the summer, both Forest and County football Spring Autumn and Winter and the Tennis Centre plus Ice Centre, Ice Hockey in their season, Bowling, super cinemas…
Check out all the pages with info links, see the sidebar StumbleUpon and other links, it’s a blog to inspire you to explore and then come home again to the peace of the Park (except for when Splendour is here of course.. )
Phew…thats quite alot for one Summer, back in the City of course we have lots of chill out park spaces…see the ‘Parks in the City’ link –
Add picture flickr or picasa links if you have taken pics, in the comments for us all to see. Upload fun days out to Wollaton_nottm twitter or Wollatonparkfolk flickr group…see the Wollypark google+1 page…links soon!!