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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Nottingham to Gunthorpe|
|Distance : miles (km)||21.98 (35.37)|
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|This is a route i've done a few times and is a mix of safe roadside paths, a cycle trail through colwick park, and onwards down the river Trent to Gunthorpe. There are a few roads en route which are neccessary to go on without making a detour, including an industrial estate between colwick park and the trent, but most of the way is on riverside paths and farm roads.
I normally go from my home in West bridgford but this route goes from near Trent Bridge just to make it easier.
Head down meadow lane past the football ground, and continue on to the large junction where we need to turn left onto daleside road. I generally stick to the path on the right down here though there is a cycle path the other side. Continue on until you reach a roundabout and take the road to the right (Trent Lane). Follow this and then turn left down towards little tennis street, following the cycle route signage for colwick park. At the t junction turn left and take the little path which goes down the right side of the building at the end. This will take you through to the road surrounding the racecourse, and taking a left will eventually lead to Colwick park.
The second turning on the right should lead you past a large log plonked right in the middle of the path, and then will take you past the play area. Continue through to the right, squeezing past a metal gate, and onto the path which goes past the 'Loop Lake' to the left. When you get out the trees just follow the path through the park. It makes no difference which way you go through the park, as long as you eventually make it to the main carpark and wardens hut at the main entrance. Its difficult to get lost here so just keep going, enjoying the nice bike friendly paths and the parks wildlife.
From the main entrance, leave the park down river road, and when you reach the junction onto Mile End Road, turn right. This is the road down to the industrial estate and can sometimes be busy, especially with vans and large lorries, so take care. Luckily you need only bike down here for a couple of minutes.After passing the large juntion on the left (known as road no.1), look out for a blue cycle route sign pointing to the right and take the path between a couple of buildings, one being a large pet food factory. This will take you to the trent.
From here its pretty much simple to follow the river path. There are some nice stretches of the river from here all the way to gunthorpe. Be mindful of the cycle gates placed around the netherfield lagoons nature reserve. You will pass a lock about halfway to Stoke Bardolph and after this the path is pretty straight through to Burton Joyce. After stoke bardolph you will return to the road but it is pretty quiet and also a joy to ride on.
Last time i did this route i had to go into the village of burton joyce, as shown on the map, but once the waterworks have finished it should be ok just to go straight down the riverside path, avoiding the village. In the meantime however just carry on through, turning right at the main road near the barbers. Continue down the main road until you reach Trent lane and go down here, then turn left down criftin road aand continue to the end, before turning right and carefully crossing the train tracks.
The route now passes through quiet farm tracks and can be done at a more leisurely pace. Just mind out you don't swallow too many flies. From the train tracks follow the path to the left and continue on, going straight on at the crossroads. The path then snakes through the fields and is pretty easy to follow, cross the stream over a little bridge and continue straight on to lowdham road.
This is a busy junction with a lot of lorries so be careful here. Cross to the other side and utilise the path rather than endangering oneself on the road going right from the fields. From here its pretty easy to get to gunthorpe thoguh it is advisable to go through the village than to continue along the bypass.
And you have reached your destination. The village is pretty nice, typical of those found in this area of the county. The main point of interest is certainly the Unicorn Pub, which faces the trent and has a large carpark and picnic area/beer garden. It can be quite busy here though, so if you just fancy a picnic or a rest there are plenty of places along the river to relax.
The way back can be exactly the same, but for a bit of variety i have included an alternative route on the map, which goes under gunthorpe bridge and follows the river for a while before re-joining the farm track which leads back to burton joyce. When the waterworks in BJ are complete you can follow the river all the way back to colwick industrial estate.
This is a relaxing route, taking between 60-90 mins at a leisurely pace each way. More adventurous types may like to explore further down river, or even take an alernative route back to notts, for instance over the river and back via radcliffe.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Unicorn Pub - Gunthorpe
Ferry Boat Inn - Stoke Bardolph
|Cycling Clubs located in this region|
|Mansfield Road Club|
|Velo Club Long Eaton|