Clumber Park Nature Walks

The National Trust, Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3 BE

3 miles south east of Worksop off B6005 – signposted Carburton and Clumber Park Map reference: SK626

Two walks of 3 miles and 1 mile showing conservation and restoration of a Capability Brown landscape in a former ducal hunting park – park open all year (some facilities closed Fridays and weekdays from November to March)

Illustrated trail brochure; car parks; picnic places; tea shop; information centre; fishing Two nature walks encompass most of the fea-tures north and south of the former home of the Dukes of Newcastle in this park.

Walking the Heart of the Park, you start at the Trust’s information centre, close to the site of the old house. The walk passes the Paddocks where the Duke’s horses were cloistered for foaling and the hall’s enormous kitchen gardens before entering Ash Tree Hill wood. This particular wood is some seventy acres of Scots pine, larch, sycamore and ash, parts of which were replanted in 1934- Remember that all

Welbeck. The island you see was created to prevent vandals from harming nesting swans. Another amusing water resident here is the diving bird, the great crested grebe, keeping company with a considerable population of mallard, coot and moorhen. The tufted duck differs from the mallard as, like the grebe it is a diver – the mallard up-ends itself in the water, searching weed stems and bottom for its food. You may fish in the lake. Day tickets are issued to angle for the lake’s stock of coarse fish which include pike, bream, and roach.

The last half of this walk is through the White Pheasant and Osberton Round Woods to the feature for which Clumber is world-famous. It is an avenue of lime trees two miles long, twin ranks of the common variety marching through Hardwick Wood to the present A614. Not the work of Brown, who would have scorned its intrusion on his brand of natural landscape, the avenue was planted some 155 years ago. There are nearly 1300 trees which, like all limes, constantly regenerate small shoots from the trunk base. These are cut regularly and the ravages of moth caterpillars feeding on the leaves are checked by grease bands on the trunk to trap adult egg layers.

Clumber’s South Lawns walk is a trip around the poor pasture of the parkland on the opposite bank of the lake from the former hall. Starting by a young pine plantation, called the Edwinstowe Round, the path goes down to the lake shore through bracken and scattered oaks to the rough grass of the Lawns – an addition of a mile or so to the main walk which enables you to see more of the lake.