Countryside Walks

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For those members who are more active and like to get a bit of fresh air in their lungs, we organise a programme of small group (usually no more than 16 people) walks by minibus or public transport. Most of these are day walks, but we also have an annual walking holiday for 3 or 4 days where we can go a bit further afield (see below).

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Our day minibus walks generally involve a distance of 5-7 miles (nothing too strenuous!), usually finishing up at a nice café, often at a National Trust property. We tend to naturally space out as we walk, so you can either choose to walk by yourself in solitary contemplation of the beautiful countryside or have a good chat as you mooch along.

Our day walks by minibus restarted in August 2020 with additional precautions (use of face coverings and hand sanitiser on the minibus, together with a reduced number of participants to allow for social distancing). Sadly, following the imposition of further restrictions (“The Rule of Six”) with effect from 14th September 2020, the remaining walks scheduled for September and October 2020 have been cancelled, hopefully to be rescheduled in 2021.

Wednesday 5th August – Harringworth to Fineshade Wood (Northamptonshire)

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Thursday 20th August – Brassington to Tissington (Peak District)

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Thursday 17th September – Deep Hayes Country Park to Froghall Wharf (Staffordshire) – CANCELLED

Thursday 1st October – Belton-in-Rutland to Egleton Nature Reserve (Rutland Water) – CANCELLED

Wednesday 14th October – Wetton Mill to Ilam Hall (NT) (Peak District) – CANCELLED

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We also organise a short walking holiday by minibus, usually of 3-4 days duration, so that we can go a bit further afield. In recent years we have visited the Yorkshire Dales, Constable Country, the Wye Valley in Wales and East Sussex. Our walking holiday in 2019 was based at Port Erin on the Isle of Man. We were blessed with glorious weather and took the opportunity to use our NT membership cards to visit a number of Manx National Heritage properties.

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Our 2020 Walking Holiday planned to explore the Shropshire Hills, based in Shrewsbury, but was postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus situation. Future plans are currently uncertain, but if you are interested, please ask for further details via the ‘Contact’ tab above.

We also have a programme of occasional shorter walks using public transport in and near Nottingham. In September 2020, some of our members visited sites of Roman interest in Derby, including the Roman Well.

Details of future planned walks will be posted on this page as soon as they are available, and will also be published in the newsletters sent to all Centre members.

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