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BLUETONIC WALKS FOR WELLBEING

Enjoy blue spaces and find a walk  somewhere in the East Midlands. The routes have been provided by the Bluetonic community. In our mindfulness and connecting section we have activities you can use on these walks. So if you can find the time sit and take in the blue space by using one of them. The health benefits of being around water often, are highlighted in this article in the guardian.

If you have a walk you would like us to feature in the East Midlands. Please use the template provided here to send us details. We want to grow resources together and encourage more people to take simple action to improve their wellbeing. 

 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE


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NOTTINGHAM, WOLLATON, PRETTY PONDS WALK

The walk is on some roadside paths, around the ponds and through the park.  Martin’s Pond is a Local Nature Reserve, which was the first to be designated in Nottingham in 1976, and was first documented in 1835. The area is a haven for wildlife and associated with the fisheries, which sourced the lake at Wollaton Hall.

BEESTON WEIRFIELDS - TRENT VALLEY WAY

This circular walk combines both canal side and river views.  Enjoy watching activities on and around water and spotting the local wildlife.

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NOTTINGHAM - THE HOOK AND THE TRENT

Iremongers Pond is hidden away on the south bank of the Toll Bridge. A beautiful lake and park unseen to most who walk the Toll Bridge. The pond itself offers walks round the recently completed bank side path for walkers, pushchairs and wheelchair users.

BULCOTE AND BURTON JOYCE -TRENT VALLEY WALKS

A walk of around 4 miles, which starts off hilly, but ends with a gentle walk along the River Trent.

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HOVERINGHAM TRENT VALLYEY WALKS

A flat walk of just over 4.5 miles following the River Trent and then quiet field paths.

GRAMTHAM CANAL AT GAMSTON TO COTGRAVE

Walk along the Grantham Canal to Cotgrave Country Park where there are lakes and wetland areas.

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GAMSTON, TRIPLE BLUE

A route along the historic Grantham canal and over the iron bridge at Lady Bay, before joining the system of paths on the former Great Northern Railway which take you to the edge of Sneinton Woods to Colwick Country Park. This route takes you round the edge of the City through green corridors and blue spaces. Enjoy the diverse wildlife including many migratory birds during the winter.  See last page for your walk activity.

DENTON RESERVOIR

A circular walk to Denton reservoir along a small stream and then the Grantham Canal.  Look out for birds along the route including swans, grebe, coot and mallard.  In the woods, listen out for the woodpecker.  Banks of snowdrops lined the route along the stream in February.

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EAST BRIDGFORD AND KNEETON - TRENT VALLEY WALKS

A walk of just under 5 miles, hugging the River Trent before rising sharply at Kneeton to enjoy views for miles around on your return journey.

 

DERBYSHIRE


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SAWLEY TO SHARDLOW

95% of this walk is by the water, be it the River Trent or the Trent and Mersey Canal. If you have time, why not take in the beautiful old inland port of Shardlow?  It has various places you can grab some food or a drink or pack up a picnic and sit by the water.

TRENT LOCK AND SAWLEY WALK

60% of this walk is by the water, be it the River Trent or the Erewash/Sawley Marina Canal. If you have time, why not take a refreshment stop in the old village of Sawley when half way around?  It has various places you can grab some food or a drink or pack up a picnic and sit by the water.

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SUNSET WALK ST CHADS LAKE

100% of this walk is by the water around St Chads lake. It's a short walk and makes a lovely sunset walk.   The pictures in this walk were taken at sunset on the evening of the 26th February 2021. The sun set that night at 17:38 so we started the walk at about 17:20 so we could see it setting and take in the wonderful colours created.

 
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You can view the walks via  a map here: