A lush undulating expanse of countryside north of Hucknall, much of which D. H. Lawrence referred to as “The country of my heart”. He based many of his novels around the places and families of the area. The villages of Jacksdale, Underwood, Bagthorpe, Lower Bagthorpe, Selston, Annesley, Ravenshead, Newstead, Linby and Papplewick are set within the Hidden Valleys landscape.
The area has miles of way-marked rural walks, cycle paths and bridleways with fascinating sites of natural, industrial and cultural heritage, nestled amongst wooded areas and open countryside. Along the walks you will find Newstead Abbey, Felley Priory, Annesley Old Church and several rural parish churches, each with their own fascinating tales to tell. Way-marked walks range from 2.5 miles to 10 miles. There are several country pubs along the trails where you will receive a warm welcome.
There are miles of off road trails in Ashfield, follow the link below for routes suitable for walking, bikes and horses; Ghosts, Lovers and a Four Poster Bed – a walk around Teversal, plus five other routes around the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.