A lovely walk starting in the market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Leading into the quiet countryside with mosty well-kept paths to Car Colston, where you can have a well-deserved refreshing drink in a dog friendly pub, before heading back to Bingham.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) The start is the Buttercross in Bingham market place. From here head north up Station Street towards the Station (if you have taken the train to Bingham you could start here ).
(1)Once you have reach the railway go over the foot bridge, onto the playing field. Go diagonally right across the field to top right hand corner, there may Cricket or Football being played, so you may have to go around. An old concrete water trough is also in this corner. From here turn right, a long the hedge line, not the sports field metal fence.
(2)You reach a farm track, cross this track and head towards a small wood. Go past the wood, keeping a hedge on your right until you get a path marker from here. Go over a small bridge over a dyke, into a field and turn left (this may be ploughed or may have crops in it).
Keeping the dyke on your left until you get another path marker, then diagonal right across the field (There is quite often a path through the crops made by other walkers. Can be muddy at times.) Over another dyke bridge. There is a grass path. Keeping the hedge on your right, continue over a small farm track, onto another grass path, past a manure pile. All the nice things of country walk.
(3)Just past the manure, turn left down a grassy field. Towards another wooded area. Continue over another dyke bridge, keeping the well-grown hedge on your right and the field on your left. Keep going until you reach Car Colston. At the crossroads turn left past the Royal Oak Pub
(4)Continue past the pub, with the dyke and hedge on your left until you reach a stone bridge of a sort over the dyke. Go through the kissing gate into the large grass field. There may be cattle in the field so keep dogs on a lead. Go diagonally right across the field, past a pond (may be dried up ) on your left down to the bottom corner.
Go through another kissing gate and over another dyke. On to a path with crops on both sides, you can see Bingham Church Spire from here, so keep heading toward it. Straight over a farm track, keeping hedge on your left. Through another kissing gate and straight over a farm track. Through a final kissing gate and over a last farm track.
(5)Here you have two dyke bridges, go over the first then turn left and go over the second then up the hill. This will lead back to the playing field and the concrete water trough. At the top of Parsons Hill, do take time to look around. Looking south east you can see Belvoir Castle on the hill in the distance, turning anti-clockwise you can see Whatton Church Spire, Bottlesford Spire, Scrarrington Spire, Car Colston Spire, and looking north you will see Kneeton Windmill.
From the concrete water trough, keep going straight with the hedge on the left. Continue over the railway, following a path ahead of you between the bunglows. At the church turn right, which will lead you back to the Buttercross in the square.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - The Buttercross
1 : mi 0.14 - alt. mi 0.14 - Railway Footbridge
2 : mi 0.55 - alt. mi 0.55 - Farm Track
3 : mi 1.93 - alt. mi 1.93 - Turn Left
4 : mi 3.01 - alt. mi 3.01 - Royal Oak Pub
5 : mi 4.51 - alt. mi 4.51 - Two dyke bridges
D/A : mi 5.09 - alt. mi 5.09 - The Buttercross
Dogs to be under control or on a lead.
Good walking boots may be needed in the winter months.
All but one of the Pubs in Bingham are dog friendly, my favourite being the Horse and Pough.
The Royal Oak at Car Colston is also dog friendly, and serves food from 12pm and 2.30pm, also in the evening.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Bingham has a Market on Thursdays.
Car Colston has a large area of common land where cattle graze or then may be cricket being played.
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