There and back from Stathern to the castle grounds, up to 8 miles*

Drive a few minutes from the cottage to find this hill walk out of Stathern through the top of the castle woods to the boundary of the castle gardens. A lovely walk with fabulous views north across the Trent valley and close encounters with flora and fauna along the way.

* = best guess for the total distance out and back to the car again.

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Matthew, October 2020

“We stayed at Ruth’s place for two nights for my 24th birthday. A truly beautiful place, very comfortable beds, and sparkling clean!

Six of us stayed and there was plenty of room for all of us! The kitchen is by far the most well equipped out of every air B&B we’ve stayed at in the past! Cooking for six was easy!

Smart television in the lounge and a lovely bathroom! Thank you Ruth!”

Elizabeth, October 2021

“The cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped. There were plenty of walks straight from the door. Ours was a very short stay in this area but the cottage was very well located for what we wanted to do. Excellent wi fi was a plus when we needed to work.”

Plungar and the Anchor Inn, canalside and roadside loop, 2.5 miles

The village of Plungar is very near to Barkestone and accessible by canal path or roadside so an easy, mostly flat, walk or cycle ride for most groups. We have mapped a 2.5 mile loop for you taking in both kinds of path but of course you could make it a quicker walk by doing the whole thing there and back by the roadside or a more picturesque but longer hike by doing both legs along the canal.

Please note that there is no made path by the roadside so you will have to keep aware of motor traffic and be prepared to walk on the grass verge, which is reasonably wide. Take this route at your own risk and if in doubt stick to the canalside way. Please keep control of children, dogs and wayward adults and wear light coloured clothing. Take a torch if walking at night.

Over the fields to the Windmill Inn at Redmile, 1.2 miles

It’s a fine walk through grassed fields from the cottage to the Windmill pub, with the Belvoir Estate woods and castle always in view. The walk does include some potential hazards, namely styles to climb over and, on most days, at least one herd of cows to bypass, but it’s also a great way to stretch your legs and be rewarded with a meal and a drink after just a little exercise.

You can return to Cherry Tree Cottage by the same route or take the longer way back via the canal. To take that route, from the pub just walk north-west out of Redmile (away from the castle), over the canal bridge (beware cars here please) and down the steps onto the canal path here. Head west (under the bridge) and follow the canal path to where it meets Barkestone Lane. Cross the road and continue on the tow path round to the bridge at Jericho Lane. Here, join Jericho Lane as it heads uphill to your left. Follow it past the church and the small village green and turn left onto New Causeway when you get to the old schoolhouse. From here it’s two minutes to Cherry Tree Cottage at 27 New Causeway.

If you are a dog owner please please keep your dog on a lead in any fields with cows in and please please pick up any mess they leave.

Easiest Barkestone canal walk, 1.5 miles

Shows the canal full of bullrushes and two people walking with their dog

A walk west along New Causeway then right onto New Causeway, down this quiet lane to the canal, then a left turn along the canal and loop back through fields to the church and then to the cottage via The Green.

From the top of the slope just past the church there’s a fabulous panoramic view of the Trent valley. You can see Nottingham on the horizon to the left and Newark to the right.

Thirsty dogs can usually find a drink at the last house on Jericho Lane.

Lisa, July 2021

“Cherry Tree is such a beautiful cottage, peaceful, great walks in the in countryside, Belvoir Castle not far away. It was perfect for what we needed – comfy beds, and the kitchen was well equipped. Would recommend. The Windmill pub, in thd next village is walkable and does fab food.”