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Due to changing COVID-19 restrictions, some of our group activities, such as our Best Foot Forward walks, have restarted. We look forward to welcoming you back. Service details may continue to change. Please call 0115 844 0011 or check the website for the most up-to-date information.

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Do you want to stay active and make new friends? Why not join one of our guided health walks?

Local walking group

Walking has many proven health benefits, from helping you lose weight to reducing your risk of developing type-2 diabetes or certain cancers, and it can also be a great way to meet new people and improve your mood. If all that sounds appealing, Age UK Notts is able to offer regular guided walks around various areas of Nottingham.

Best Foot Forward walks are led by trained walk leaders, one who leads from the front and the other who follows at the back of the group. Walks are FREE and everyone is welcome, though we ask that all children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Our walks take place whatever the weather, so simply dress appropriately and join the group at the start location.

If it is your first time with us you will need to complete a brief health and registration form before beginning. You can do this online beforehand if that suits you, by visiting www.walkingforhealth.org.uk or they are available from the walk leader on the day.

Find a walk:

Weekly walks

Monday: Woodthorpe Grange Park Walk

The Grange is a 19th century Grade II listed manor that sits amidst a mix of landscapes, including formal gardens. There is also an innovative train sculpture and ‘sunken garden’ with water feature.

Meeting place: Sherwood Community Centre, Mansfield Rd, NG5 3FN.

Time: 10:30am.

Getting there: By bus - Lime 56, 57, 58, 59 (Magnus Road), Purple 88, 89 (Sherwood Manor stop). Parking - Community Centre Car Park.

Grade: Moderate.

Walk length: 1.5 - 2 miles.

Duration: 45 minutes.

Terrain: Varied inclines and some steep steps.

Tuesday: Nuthall Railway Walk

Part of the old Great Northern Line, this is a new footpath that passes fields of barley, rapeseed, and corn. Stop halfway for a coffee at Three Ponds Pub at Nuthall.

Meeting place: Snapewood Community Centre, Snape Wood Rd.NG6 7GH (opposite St John’s Family Centre)

Time: 10:30am.

Getting there: By bus - Yellow 68,69 (Corben Gardens stop).

Grade: Easy to moderate.

Walk length: 3 miles.

Duration: 2 hours (with a halfway stop).

Terrain: Fairly flat (may include a walk across fields or woods if it is dry, for those who wish to).

Thursday: Forest and Arboretum Walk

A varied walk around ‘The Forest’ following established pathways, with extensive views of the city from lovely wooded areas.

Meeting place: Forest Tram Stop.

Time: 10:30am.

Getting there: By bus - Turquoise 80 (Claypole Rd stop). By tram - NET Tram (Forest Tram Stop).

Parking: On site.

Grade: Easy to moderate.

Walk length: 1.5 and 3 miles.

Duration: 40 - 90 minutes.

Terrain: Wooded areas.

Friday: Old Basford Walk

A flat walk with benches at intervals. Lots of interesting wildlife can be found along the way.

Meeting place: The bridge at Bulwell Bogs, near Riverside Health Centre.

Time: 10:30am.

Getting there: By bus - Yellow 70,71 (Mill St stop).

Parking: Parking information will be available soon.

Grade: Easy to moderate.

Walk length: 2 miles.

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes (short walk option 30 minutes).

Terrain: Flat.

Friday: Victoria Embankment Walk

This is a steady walk along the beautiful tree-lined embankment; we may include a visit to the Memorial Gardens or Wilford Village. Those wishing to do a shorter walk (20 minutes) can leave the walk when we reach the tram line at Wilford Bridge and catch the tram from the Meadows Embankment stop.

Meeting place: On the corner of London Road (A60) and Victoria Embankment (city side of river Trent just before Trent Bridge).

Time: 10:30am.

Getting there: By bus - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Trent Bridge Embankment stop). Parking - None. Only limited blue badge parking available.. Grade: Easy to moderate.

Walk length: 2 and 3 miles.

Duration: 60-90 minutes (short walk option 30 minutes).

Terrain: Flat.

Twice monthly walks

These walks take place on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Friday: Wollaton Park

A number of pleasant walking routes in Wollaton Park, with its 16th Century Hall, lake and deer park.

Meeting place: Bench at the far end of first car park, Wollaton Park, Wollaton Rd. NG8 2AE

Time: 10:00am

Getting there: By bus - Pink 30 (Wollaton Hall stop).

Parking: Ask the walk leader for a free parking pass.

Grade: Moderate (walk is mainly off paths)

Walk length: 1.5 and 3 miles

Duration: 60 minutes

Terrain: Often off footpaths so uneven ground and some inclines

Monthly walks

These walks take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month from July.

Wednesday: Strelley Woodland and Countryside Walk

This walk runs on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Taking in the stones of Monks Way, Strelley Hall, and All Saints Church. A path through Oldmoor Wood takes us into open fields, before continuing up Catstone Hill to the underground reservoir.

Meeting place: Broad Oak Pub, Strelley village NG8 6PD

Time: 10:15am

Getting there: By bus - Turquoise 77 (The Rose stop).

Parking: At the Broad Oak

Grade: Moderate to hard

Walk length: 4 miles

Duration: 90 minutes

Terrain: Varied – open fields and hilly at times

Book your place

Booking is essential as numbers are limited and to comply with Track and Trace. To book, please email bestfootforward@ageuknotts.org.uk or call 0115 896 6906.

You should not attend a walk if:

  • You have any COVID symptoms, including a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change in their taste or smell. 
  • You have tested positive for COVID or are awaiting the results of a COVID test 
  • You have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last ten days
  • You have been advised to isolate by the Track and Trace system. 

If none of the above groups suit you, you may be able to find a walking group provided by another organisation on the Walking for Health website or visit our Getting Started with Walking page.

Further information