A lush undulating expanse of countryside north of Hucknall, much of which D. H. Lawrence referred to as “The country of my heart” and 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.
Kings Mill Reservoir is located between Sutton in Ashfield and Mansfield, providing water based activities and a popular circular walk, run and cycle route. Angling, bird watching, sailing and model boat sailing also take place. There are picnic areas and a café.
The Mill urban adventure centre based at the reservoir offers a wide variety of land and water activities for children and young people. On land there are team games, a low ropes course, outdoor and indoor climbing walls, a maze of underground tunnels and mountain biking. On the water there is raft building, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, disability sailing and inflatable fun.
Tel: 01623 556110
Kings Mill Reservoir
off the A617 Sherwood Way South/ A38 Mansfield Road
Sutton in Ashfield