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Take A Walk With Sally Outram

Top of the World Circular Nether Langwith & Poulter Country Park

The sun is shining, let's take a walk with travel writer and photojournalist Sally Outram in Nether Langwith & Poulter Country Park.
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Nestled between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is a true hidden gem; a super little walk, through pretty meadows and sculpture trails of Poulter Country Park, and the delightful village of Nether Langwith.

 

Poulter Country Park sits on the edge of the Archaeological Way, which is an accessible route being developed to run from Pleasley Pit Country Park to Creswell Crags.  There are two routes you can take, both offering wonderful views over neighbouring counties, and you can even see Lincoln Cathedral on a clear day!   The meadows are carpeted with an abundance of wildflowers, attracting many species of butterflies and bees, and the lush woodlands are a haven for wildlife. 

As you make your way through the park, you will notice some interesting sculptures, art, and monuments.  Look out for ‘Top of the World’ a super sculpture by Ewan Allinson, inspired by the areas early stone age history.  It is a great place to stop and take in the fantastic views over Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire. 

Further along the route is a commemorative monument to remember those who were killed in tragic circumstances on the same site; on December 5th in 1942, a Canadian Beaufighter plane crashed, killing its crew, and also in the same vicinity, the site of a war-time chemical and munitions factory; which suffered the loss of six local people due to fire. 

The picturesque village of Nether Langwith, sits just a short distance from the country park and Whaley Thorns, which was a former colliery village. There are many historical landmarks to look out for in the area; Langwith Mill, which was built in the 1700s for the rapidly growing Nottinghamshire cotton trade. It was one of the largest mills in the district and was well known for employing young children who were born into poverty or who were orphaned. In the 1800s, the mill ceased trading cotton and later became a flour mill, which traded up until the 1950s.  The village also boasts its very own mansion, Langwith Lodge, which was constructed in 1902, it replaced an original 17c manor house dwelling which was sited close by.  In 1954 it was acquired by the Ministry of Health and became a diabetic hospital, and since 1990 it has been used a nursing home.   

One outstanding feature of the village is the pretty river which runs through the village. The river Poulter is a tributary of the River Idle and also provides a rich and varied habitat for wildlife, it was also the main source of power for the mills along its course.   Queens Walk is an absolute delight, it is adorned with rows of pretty river front cottages, and Victorian style lampposts with pretty crochet flower displays which are such a treat to see! The little green area is marvellous, and the Jug & Glass pub is the perfect spot for a break before heading back. 

I hope you enjoy, Happy rambles! 

Directions

  1. We begin this wonderful walk at the main car park.  At the top of the parking area, take the main track to the left, keeping the pond area to your left.  Follow the white stone path through the woodland and meadows. Notice the stone structure along the route. 
  2. Keep following the clearly marked route until you reach an intersection of paths, turn right, and proceed up the hill, it is worth just taking a moment or two to stop and admire the far-reaching views behind you.
  3. Continue along until you reach the top, here you will see a stunning sculpture (Top of the World) the panoramic views from here are wonderful.  Following the main track, proceed along until it splits, take the path to the right, and follow it round to the right, passing the World War Two memorial stone on your left. 
  4. Proceed along the path, bearing right passing through the pretty meadows until you return to the main car park.
  5. Continue to walk out of the car park and turn left at the small bar gate, follow the track for a short distance, turn right and walk through a narrow track, turning left onto Whaley Road.  Continue along for approximately 0.3 miles, and just beyond the arched bridge turn left through a small gate and follow the pretty track keeping the river to your right. 
  6. At the end of the woodland track you will a grassy area and a metal gate.  Proceed through the gate, turn right, crossing over the road and at the main road turn left, keeping the river to your left. 
  7. Continue on the pathway along the main road, and after a short distance turn left onto Queens Walk, follow the road round bearing right until you will reach the Jug & Glass Inn.  (Notice the pretty handmade floral decorations which adorn the gardens and lampposts along the road).
  8. This is the perfect opportunity to stop and take in the views over they pretty green or call at the pub for a bite to eat and enjoy a tasty pint before retracing your steps back to the car park at the start of the walk. 

The basics

Distance: 3.4 Miles (5.47km)
Severity: Easy 
Gradient: Mostly flat with some slight inclines
Approx time: 1hr 20 but allow extra for exploring
Stiles: None
Maps: OS 270 Sherwood Forest
Path Info: Pavements, Tracks, Trails
Start Point: Riverside Park SK793540, NG24 1BS
Parking: Poulter Country Car Park main car park
Dog Friendly: Yes, on lead and observe
Refreshments: Jug and Glass Inn, Queens Walk, Nether Langwith, NG20 9EW


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