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Brierly Forset Park

LOCALITY: Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire
DISTANCE: 3 miles (4.83 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Nottingham

Walk description:

Brierley Forest Park Visitor Centre was opened in December 1999 and is located at the end of Skegby Road in Huthwaite.

The Centre has full access for disabled people including free wheelchair hire. Information on some beautiful routes around the park suitable for wheelchair users is available.

The Park, 100 hectares (250 acres), provides many trails, nature conservation areas, recreation facilities (such as a golf club and a football pitch), art and sculptures, and areas of local historical interest.

The Park was launched in May 1994, marked by the pit wheels from Sutton colliery installed in the park.

Wildflower meadows have been sown with native species such as yarrow and ox-eye daisy, and wetland areas created.

A wide variety of wildlife now flourishes, for example a large population of skylarks nest on the spoil tip. Other residents include foxes, owls, meadow pipits and lapwings.

There is a Ranger Office at Brierley Forest Park Visitors Centre. The centre offers refreshments, exhibitions and information. The forest is acclaimed as the largest urban community forest in the East Midlands.

Additional notes:

Paths and gates: RADAR gate from Skegby Road car park to main paths, key can be borrowed from visitor centre. A range of routes from short and gentle to longer, but relatively easy, circuits and climbs. Routes from 1/4 mile to 3 miles.

For more information ring 01625 550172

Most paths are made of compacted red ash and are suitable for most wheelchairs and buggies. Paths to the north of the park can become muddy. Eastern half of site is Rooley Tops with longer steeper paths to the top.

The footbridge in the middle of the park, leading to Rooley Tops is very narrow and not accessible by wheelchair.

22/10/2007 | Walk posted by Admin Team

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