SUSTAINABLE travel support organisation TravelRight, which helps businesses and residents in a number of areas of Nottingham, including Bulwell and Bulwell Forest, is hosting a series of free public events to celebrate the past, present and future of the River Leen.
A variety of free activities have been arranged, including a walk that takes place between 10am and 11.30am on 21st March. The walk starts at the Bulwell Riverside Cafe and will be led by the Bulwell Forest Action Group. At just over two miles, the route will explore areas of the Riverside as well as Bulwell Market, Bulwell Bogs, Cinderhill and Mill Street in Basford.
TravelRight Project Co-ordinator Andy Parkinson said: “The River Leen is a great route for getting to work, cycling for leisure or even walking the dog. Come along to one of our events, learn more and explore the area by foot or by two wheels.”
Bill Blackmore, walk leader for the Bulwell Forest Action Group said: “We hope that these events will encourage people to explore the River Leen both for its unique place in local history and also to include it in their day to day local walking and cycling trips in the future.”
People interested in hearing more about the heritage of the River Leen should go along to the Local History and the River Leen Greenway Talk, where local historian Chris Matthews will give a free talk about the importance of the River Leen. The one-hour talk, in association with Nottingham City Council Libraries, takes place on Thursday 21st March at 11:30am at the Bulwell Riverside Building.
On the same day a free cycle ride will also take place at between 12.30pm and 1.30pm which will take riders five miles along a traffic-free waterside route.
The final event of the series will take place on 23rd March at 12.30pm, starting at the Bulwell Riverside Building and finishing at The Fox and Crown public house in Basford.
Chris Matthews will lead this two-hour tour, which will also look at the architectural gems of Bulwell town centre and will identify the mills, hosiery and bleaching factories that once littered the river.
The TravelRight events form part of the Bulwell Week of Action, organised by Nottingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team.
For more info, contact TravelRight on 0115 8833732 or drop into Bulwell Riverside and collect a copy of the River Leen map. People can also find more information by visiting www.thebigwheel.org.uk/travelrightevents