Walk distance: 3.2 miles
Pub stop: The Rose and Crown, Cotgrave
Starting point: Church Lane, Cotgrave (on street parking)
Download the route map here.
This circular walk starts in Cotgrave village and makes its way along the Grantham Canal and Cotgrave Country Park. Grantham Canal runs for 33 miles and was primarily built for the transportation of coal to Grantham in the 1700s.
For this walk, park down Church Lane – a cul-de-sac where you will find plenty of on road parking. From here, follow the footpath sign towards Tollerton. Follow it to the right through a field and turn immediately left. Keep following the path until you join a leafy lined alley.
Turn right here and follow it to the end, cutting through a hedge onto another field. Go across the field corner until you reach a road, and here turn right. The sewerage works will be on your right.
Carry on down this road until you reach an equestrian farm. Pass through a gate and follow the path past a small holding on the right. Then cross the farm lane into the next field.
Go through the gap in the hedge and head directly across this field (Tollerton Airfield will be on your left). Eventually you will reach an opening onto the Grantham Canal towpath, turn right here and carry along the tow path.
Keep following this path passing the Lock Keepers’ Cottage. Continue past the disused lock until you reach Cotgrave Road and cross here. Please note this is a busy road so be careful when crossing.
Continue along the towpath until you see the sign for Cotgrave Country Park on the right and follow this. Keep going as the path bends round and goes past a pond on the left. Follow this round to the other side and go up and over a small hill and down some steps on the other side.
Here you will reach a well trodden path, turn right and pass through a wooded area. At the end the path turns left behind some houses, and then right again through a small alley to Mill Lane.
When you are back in the housing estate, go down Mill Lane to Main Road, turn right and follow this road back to Church Lane, which will be on your right. Here you will pass The Rose and Crown, which is a dog friendly pub.