Five of our favourite dog-friendly walks in Nottinghamshire

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By Lewis Townsend

Finding the best places in the countryside to take your dog(s) isn’t always straight-forward, so we’ve lined up five country parks in the county that you and your pooch will love!

 

1. Bestwood Country Park

Bestwood Country Park | Photo: Dean Wright via Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0.

 

A gem on the outskirts of Nottingham, near Bestwood Village.  Woods that used to form part of Sherwood Forest, wildflower meadows, and a lake, so there’s much to explore!  Very popular with dog walkers.  Although there are a few onsite facilities (http://www.fbcp.org.uk) there is plenty of space where you can just take your own time to walk.

 

2. Burntstump Country Park

Burntstump Country Park

 

A lovely wood with lots of features. Popular with dog walkers and families.  There is easy access and a nice combination of wooded and open grassy areas. Lovely for a stroll. All conveniently close to the Burntstump public house, orr start a walk from the main car park next to the Sherwood Lodge Police Headquarters.

 

3. Colwick Country Park

Colwick Country Park | Photo: David Skinner, via Flickr. CC-BY-NC-2.0.

 

The main entrance to the park is off Mile End Road, Colwick.  The park has two lakes: Main Lake covers 65 acres and West Lake covers 24 acres.  A rich diversity of wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies and a large number of migratory birds including the nationally important population of wildfowl that are present during the winter.

 

4. Gedling Country Park

Gedling Country Park | Photo: Tom Patterson, via Flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

 

580 acres of open space, footpaths and wildlife, with stunning views over the surrounding areas and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors for exercise and activities and to experience nature and wilderness on your doorstep.  There’s also a café with a new outdoor, decked, seating area at the front where your canine companions are welcome.

 

5. Rushcliffe Country Park

Rushcliffe Country Park | Photo: Matthew Clark via Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

 

210 acres located on Mere Way just south of Ruddington.  Dog walkers are welcome, if they’re kept under control.  There’s a  ‘dogs on leads’ zone but plenty of other spaces to exercise Rover.  There is even a Dog Agility Area with a trail is in a fenced and gated area featuring obstacles and activities to entertain your dog.

Colwick Country Park Photo: Dave Fuller Photography via Flickr. CC 2.0.