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Do you want to stay active and make new friends? Why not join one of our guided wellbeing 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 people under the age of 18 are accompanied by an adult.

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

There is a brief health questionnaire to complete before your first walk which is 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: The bus stop outside the 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).

Friday: Old Basford Walk

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

Meeting place: At 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, New Basford 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: 10:30am.

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

Monday: Bestwood

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.

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

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

Time: 1:30pm

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

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

Grade: Moderate

Walk length: 1 and 3 miles

Duration: 40 - 90 minutes

Terrain: Fairly flat - Mostly on pavements and paved paths, may include footpaths and grassed areas.

Wednesday: City Parks

A walk along the boundaries of Sneinton and 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).

These walks take place twice Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month.

Meeting place: Victoria Leisure Centre 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 4 hours blue badge holders free for 4 hours.

Grade: Moderate to hard

Walk length: 2 miles

Duration: 45 -90 minutes

Terrain: Varied (steep hill to Green’s windmill)

Friday: Wollaton Park

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

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

Meeting place: Opposite the children’s playpark, 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: 2 miles

Duration: 60 minutes

Terrain: Often off footpaths so uneven ground and some inclines, sensible shoes for walking are necessary.

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: 4-5 miles

Duration: 90 minutes to two houyrs

Terrain: Varied – may include open fields, woodland paths, sometimes muddy and hilly at times. Suitable footwear recommended

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, www.ramblers.org.uk/wellbeing-walks or visit our Getting Started with Walking page.