A balmy Sunday morning and perfect weather for Albus and I to explore the first section of the Southwell Trail. Accompanying us today were Sarah and Rob, both from the Discovering Southwell team and Nikki. All are residents in or near to Southwell, only Rob had been on the trail before so my landscape mapping walks were the perfect motivation to get them exploring a part of Southwell that they’ve been meaning to 'do', but just hadn’t got around to doing yet. (The excellent café at Maythorne also added a certain incentive).
Opened by Nottinghamshire County Council in the 1970’s the Trail follows a 7.5 mile section of the disused Midlands Railway between Southwell and White Post Farm, with a spur out to Bilsthorpe. Extensive work in 2005/6 made it into an accessible car free route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It provides a rich and varied habitat and vital wildlife corridor through agricultural land and villages that has earned it declaration as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).