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

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.

Funded by Nottingham City Council, 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 be accompanied by an adult.

Our walks take place whatever the weather, so simply dress appropriately and join the group at the start location – no need to book in advance, just turn up!

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 form the walk leader on the day.

Monday: Woodthorpe Grange Park

The Grange is a 19th century Grade II listed manor which 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

Monday: Bestwood Walk

A walk offering a variety of routes around the Bestwood area. All the walks are in the Green Flag areas of Bestwood including some in Southglade Park.

Meeting place: Southglade Access Centre, Southglade Rd, Bestwood Estate NG5 5GU

Time: 1:15pm

Getting there: By bus - Brown 16 (Padstow Rd), Brown 17 (Gorse Court Stop). Parking - On the Southglade site

Grade: Easy to moderate

Walk length: 1 and 3 miles Duration: 40-90 minutes

Terrain: Fairly flat

Tuesday: Nuthall Railway Walk

Part of the old Great Northern Line, this is a new footpath which passes fields of barley, rape seed 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)

Wednesday: City Parks Walk

A walk along the boundaries of Sneinton & St Ann’s passing through Victoria Park conservation area, King Edward Park, Stonebridge city farm and may include Green’s Windmill (depending on the walkers’ ability).

Meeting place: Victoria Leisure Centre, Bath St NG1 1DB

Time: 10:30am

Getting there: By bus - Lilac 25, 27 Local link 9 (Southwell Rd stop) Blue 39 (Roden St stop). Parking - Nottingham Arena Car Park (£3.40 for 4hrs) Blue Badge holders (4 hrs, Free).

Grade: Moderate to Hard

Walk length: 2 miles

Duration: 45 - 90 minutes Terrain: Varied (steep hill to Green’s Windmill)

Wednesday (monthly): 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

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: Inside Mary Potter Health Centre (North Entrance) Gregory Boulevard NG7 5JD

Time: 10:30am

Getting there: By bus - Turquoise 80 (Claypole Rd stop). By tram - NET Tram (Forest Tram Stop). Parking – Forest Ground Park and Ride (10 mins walk) Grade: Easy to moderate

Walk length: 1.5 and 3 miles

Duration: 40 - 90 minutes

Terrain: Wooded areas

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

Friday: Old Basford Walk

A flat walk with benches at intervals. Lots of interesting wildlife can be found along the way. Meeting place: By the Jet petrol station, Mill St. NG6 0JW (B6004)

Time: 10:30am

Getting there: By bus - Yellow 70,71 (Mill St stop). Parking - We park free at The Mill pub on Bagnall Road NG6 0JY and return there for refreshments after the walk.

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 Rd (A60) and Victoria Embankment (city side of river Trent just before Trent Bridge).

Time: 10:40am

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

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 check out our getting started with walking page.

If you would like to talk to someone before attending a walk, contact us on 0115 844 0011 or email info@ageuknotts.org.uk

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