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Rural Notts Trails

Like what you've read about Rural Notts? Why not experience what you’ve read in black and white and take to the great outdoors on one of our Rural Notts themed Trails?

With some superb sites and gaining knowledge along the way, explore The Dukeries, Countryside, Pilgrim Father’s Origin, DH Lawrence country and discover more about the county’s Local Produce.

The Dukeries (click here to view the itinerary)

Explore what the former Ducal estates and countryside has to offer with our suggested itinerary. Pay a visit to Lord Byron’s Newstead Abbey, historic Rufford Abbey and Creswell Crags, a world famous archaeological site fissure and home to the world’s oldest ice age art  – to name a few.


Pilgrim Fathers (click here to view the trail)

Ever heard the story of the Pilgrim Fathers? Their journey began in Nottinghamshire. Pilgrim Country nestles on the crossroads of three English counties. It overlaps the district of Bassetlaw in north Nottinghamshire, south Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, covering roughly 50 square miles of picturesque villages and charming market towns.

Discover more about the Pilgrim Story on the Mayflower Trail – a circular tour taking you through peaceful villages and the beautiful countryside. Alternatively, you can participate in a bespoke tour with passionate guide, Sue Allen, who is extremely knowledgeable on the whole story.


DH Lawrence country (click here to view the trail)

Walk in the steps of one of the most controversial novelists of the 20th century. DH Lawrence was brought up in the small mining community of Eastwood, in Nottingham – referred to as DH Lawrence’s country

Key points along the route will entail the likes of the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, Vine Cottage and Haggs Farm, just to name a few, and all with a significant relation to the writer’s life.


Local Produce (click here to view the itinerary)

Nottinghamshire is the home of the Bramley Apple and Stilton Cheese and has some truly delicious cafes, shops and restaurants within both the city and county who use exquisite local produce. 

Focussing mainly on rural Notts, experience a trail that will fully tantalise your taste buds, as you stop off at suggested points such as Thaymar Ice Cream, the Welbeck Farm Shop and the Pheasantry Brewery – to name a few.



Special offers

  1. Accommodation


    From cosy log cabins in the heart of Sherwood Forest to luxurious hotels with spa facilities, Nottinghamshire has a great selection of accommodation. Take advantage of these special offers to make your stay even more enjoyable.

    From: Thursday, 1st January 2015

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017


Kelham Hall & Country Park

Kelham Hall & Country Park

Kelham Hall & Country Park is a magnificent Victorian house, built in 1863, set within 44 acres of...

Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre

Once part of a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest Country Park covers 450 acres and incorporates...

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey

A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of...

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Abbey Country Park is the estate and grounds of a former 12 century Cistercian Monastery...