Another one of my favourites, this is a wonderful little walk, with beautiful far reaching views over stunning North Nottinghamshire countryside, which is easily accessed from the market town of Retford. It is perfect for any season, but particularly beautiful through the springtime and summer months, where the hedgerows are bursting with wildlife, providing nesting opportunities and vital habitats for both farmland and woodland birds. I would recommend you take a camera and binoculars if you have them!
Our walk begins in Ordsall, which stands on the bank of the river idle, an old farming village until the 20th century, it has seen many changes throughout the years as it has developed, grown and merged in to the town of Retford. The golf club, close to the start of this walk, was established in 1921 and has to be one of the most attractive courses in the county. I am not a golfer myself, but I am increasingly tempted to learn, it is such an idyllic setting, the woodland tracks and paths carve through the rolling landscaped parkland, pure tranquillity… It offers so many health benefits, as well being pleasing to the eye!
As we walk towards the tiny hamlet of Morton, notice the change in the landscape, the views are a delight, and surprisingly hilly. There is so much to see, from the pretty array of wildflowers, such as white campion, common mallow, and Cretan bryony, to the farmers busy working the land and livestock grazing the fields. Morton belongs to the parish of Babworth alongside the village of Ranby. Now predominately agricultural, it has an interesting history, synonymous with legendary highway men and royalty. It is believed that Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, stayed at the Old Rushey Inn (now cottages) in 1503, whilst on her long journey to marry James IV King of Scotland.
There are no refreshment facilities along this walk, but plenty of lovely spots for a picnic, if you are taking your dog, make sure you keep it on the lead. Respect the countryside code and enjoy!
DISTANCE: 4.10 Miles
DURATION: 1 Hour 20mins
GRADIENT: Mostly flat
STILES: None but there are gates
MAPS: Explorer 270 & 271
PATH INFO: Paths, tracks, field edge paths, footpaths. Fields can get muddy, so appropriate footwear is required
START PPOINT: Brecks Road, Outside Retford Golf Club – Roadside parking, please be respectful as residential area DN22 7UA
REFRESHMENTS/TOILETS: No public toilets, local shops for refreshments or perfect route for a picnic!
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