Check out ‘hidden gems’ on your doorstep during Bank Holiday and half term

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People looking for ideas this Bank Holiday weekend and the forthcoming school half-term aholiday re being invited to explore some of Nottinghamshire’s ‘Hidden Gems’.

Among those being put in the spotlight are Kimberley Green and the Great Northern Railway Path at Awsworth/Kimberley (SEE BELOW).

With Nottinghamshire County Council’s country parks – Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest and Bestwood Country Park — expected to be busy again this coming weekend and during next week, the public are also invited to consider visiting some of the county council’s green estate sites.

People out and about are also invited to once again take a ‘selfie’ photograph of them and their friends and family capturing ‘A fun day out’ to feature on the county council social media channels. Post your pictures on Twitter to: @nottscc

Green estate sites include restored former pit tips, disused railway lines, new and mature woodland, agricultural land and old gravel workings. One of the most important elements of site management is involving local people and communities.

Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our country parks will again be a popular destination this coming Bank Holiday with exciting events as well as stunning surroundings at Sherwood, Rufford Abbey and Bestwood.

“If people are looking for something different, then a visit to one of our Green Estate sites might be another idea to consider. Many of these sites are used for recreational activities such as cycling, horse riding, walking, or simply enjoying nature, and most have at least part of the site put aside for wildlife. They are hidden gems and well worth a visit.”

Here are some of the sites that are best suited for visitors:

• Kimberley Green and the Great Northern Railway Path, Awsworth/Kimberley (Grid reference: SK 490 446 and SK 485 4444 to SK 502 450)

Access: Awsworth Lane, Awsworth (both sites), and Church Hill/Edgewood Road/Newdigate Street, Kimberley (Great Northern Railway Path)

Site details: Kimberley Green is an area of naturally regenerated grassland, scrub and wetland on a former landfill site. The Great Northern Railway Path is a disused railway line with scrub and species-rich grassland habitats. Both sites have surfaced paths.

• White Mole Wood (Birch Wood), Ranskill (Grid reference: SK 662 881)

Access: Track off Mattersey Road, Ranskill (B6045)

A naturally regenerated birch wood on a calcareous substrate, holding four species of orchid. A surfaced path loops through the site.

• Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard and Freckland Wood, Newstead (Grid reference: SK 524 527 (Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard) and SK 527 525 (Freckland Wood))

Access: Station Avenue, Newstead

Site details: Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard is a naturally regenerated area of grassland and birch scrub to the west of the Linby Trail, crossed by a surface path.

Freckland Wood is a restored colliery pit tip to the east of the Linby Trail with areas of broad-leaved woodland and grassland. There are no surfaced paths on the latter site.

• The Ranges, Linby/Hucknall (Grid reference: SK 533 507)

Access: Wighay Road, Linby

Site details: A restored colliery pit tip with a range of habitats including planted broad-leaved woodland, grassland and wetland.

• Dob Park, Hucknall (Grid reference: SK 523 499)

Access: Washdyke Lane (off Hucknall Bypass, A611)

Site details: The first woodland planted as part of the Greenwood Community Forest on an area of former arable fields. Grassland and wetland areas are also present on the site. There are no surfaced paths.

• Linby Trail, Linby/Newstead (Grid reference: SK 533 509 to SK 525 527)

Access: Wighay Road, Linby or Station Avenue, Newstead

Site details: Very fine calcareous grassland on a disused railway line. A surfaced path runs along the entire length.

Elsewhere there are selected events and activities taking place in Nottinghamshire country parks this coming holiday at Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey country parks and Bestwood Country Park is also open to visit and enjoy.

For more details visit: and you can also sign up to the Email Me service via the county council website.