“ Centre for country walks located in Carnarvon Street, Off Fackley Road, Teversal, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. Tel = +44(0)1623 442021. „
We live on the out skirts of Nottingham and the Teversal Visitor centre is about a 15 minute drive away so over the years we have spent many a day walking or cycling the trails. Obviously the centre is based at Teversal, Nottingham (off Frackley Road) and is a visitor centre and large free car park with easy access to the trails. There is also a pub sharing the car park, with a cheap carvery so once you've burnt off those calories you can soon replace them... The visitor centre is fairly basic but has clean toilets and cheap food, run by volunteers who are helpful and eager. 10.30 till 3.45 are their opening hours. The site leads to numerous walks based on old railway routes, most of which can be extended. The key feature for us it the circular nature of the walks, as you can tailor the walk on ability. When our children were small, a quick walk round silver hill pit taking 45 minutes was enough, as they grew old a several hour route was more appropriate. The trails are also cycle paths, well laid and easy to ride on. All our children have learnt their cycling skills on these trails as the flat (old train tracks) service make cycling easy and the trails making it safe for dodgy cycling. My more adventurous and competitive brother often hits these trails on a far faster moving bike. The connections to other trails are again very good. A link route to Brierley park, Rowthorne and also to five pits trail add to the variety. You can also link to Hardwick Hall easily. There are many routes to explore and they can be found on their website, http://www.teversaltrails.com/visitorscentre.htm It has to be a 5 Doo Yoo score, free day out, beautiful and safe trails, what more could you want?
The Teversal Trails are a collection of footpaths that have been established along the routes of former colliery rail tracks in the Mansfield and Ashfield areas of Nottinghamshire. The rail network in this area started to decline from the 1930’s and the last to close was the Teversal to Pleasley line in the late 1970’s. The tracks have been all removed and there are now a number of different routes providing tranquil walks through beautiful countryside, a lot of which has been designated as local nature reserves. As the tracks follow old railway routes there are no steep climbs and the tracks are wide and very well cared for. This means there is plenty of room for wheelchairs, pushchairs or for people who choose to cycle along the routes. The routes do not get very busy and in a couple of hours walk you will probably only see about two dozen people. You will most likely see more rabbits and squirrels than people. Sometimes the trails are in sheltered cuttings and at others are on high embankments with wide views over the area. At Teversal there is a visitors centre with a large free car park. The centre is run by volunteers and is normally open seven days a week (between 11.00am and 4.00pm) providing hot snacks and drinks. The staff are extremely friendly and always want to help you, and can provide lots of local information. The prices of the food and drinks are embarrassingly cheap. There is seating inside and outside of the visitors centre and also a large grassed area suitable for picnics or games. During the year there are a quite a number of special events held at the centre, normally aimed at family groups and relating to nature or the environment. There is a programme of events displayed at the visitors centre. There are a number of circular walks starting from the visitors centre, most about 5 miles in length. These routes are nearly all “off road”, but do take in some of the beautiful villages of this area. (The chance to visit some very inviting public houses). One village of particular interest in Old Teversal which has connections with Lord Carnarvon of Tutankhamun fame and D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. The Ordnance Survey maps covering the trails network are Landranger 120 and Pathfinder 779. If you fancy a quiet gentle stroll through some beautiful countryside then this is the place for you. It is very tranquil and very relaxing.