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Vicar Water Country Park

LOCALITY: Clipstone, Nottinghamshire
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (4.02 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
OS MAP: Nottingham

Walk description:

A new country park created partly on the pit heaps of Clipstone Colliery. Completed and opened in summer 2000. Today the spoil tips have been transformed to heathland, woodland and grassland and offer spectacular views across to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

At the centre of the park is Vicar Pond, a 2.5 hectare fishing lake that was created by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 1870's. In the past the lake has been used for boating and swimming but today it is a thriving course fishery (day tickets available).

Recent improvements to the park have included the construction of a Visitor Centre, planting of large areas of new woodland and heathland and the creation of a network of footpaths and cycleways, including the Sustrans National Route and the Timberland Trail.

The park offers the visitor:�
1) Greenwood
2)Lakes for angling and wildlife.
3)Spectacular views from the top of the hill.
5) Excellent bird watching opportunities.
6)A visitor centre with disabled toilet, refreshments and meeting room.

Opening Times: The country park has open access. For opening times of the visitor centre telephone (01623) 424836.

Location: Main entrance signed from Mansfield Road, B6030, opposite Clipstone Social Club. For Sat. Nav. users the post code is NG21 9AL

The park has a range of routes from short and gentle to longer.

Additional notes:

There are relatively easy, circuits and climbs. Routes from 3/4 mile to 2 1/2 miles.

Most paths are made of compacted red ash and are suitable for most wheelchairs and buggies.

22/10/2007 | Walk posted by Admin Team

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