Dog-walking guide leads to Bestwood Country Park

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n BOOK — ‘Nottinghamshire: A Dog Walkers’ Guide’, Jane Broomhead, Countryside Books, of Newbury, Berkshire

BESTWOOD Country Park has been described as a ‘green haven amid an urban sprawl’.

It encompasses the winding-engine house of the former Bestwood Colliery and the land was a popular haunt of Charles II, who enjoyed staying there with his mistress, Nell Gwynne.

More significantly, as far as this new book is concerned, it is very popular with dog walkers.

It is hard to be sure, once you are off your home patch, where you can walk safely with your dog without the frustration of getting lost, finding your route blocked with impassable sites or encountering busy roads.

In her new book, Jane Broomhead has put together a collection of dog-friendly walks so that others can explore Nottinghamshire’s wonderful countryside without these problems.

Bestwood Country Park and 19 other routes have been designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads, and they vary in length from two to six miles.

The publication provides information on the distance and terrain of each walk, livestock likely to be encountered, the number and type of stiles en route and, in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery.

As well as clear, numbered route instructions, each section includes a matching numbered map, information on how to get to the start, places of interest, and local pubs and cafes where dogs are welcome.

The walks include beautiful woodland routes at Stapleford Wood, Blidworth Wood and Dyscarr Wood, tranquil waterside walks beside the River Trent at Gunthorpe, Attenborough and the River Meden at Bevercotes, and through nature reserves teeming with wildlife such as at Bestwood and Ruddington.

There is also a chance to see impressive sculptures, based on the area’s heritage, at Brierley Forest Country Park.

“My advice is to take your time and enjoy the wealth of sights, smells and wildlife that is out there for everyone,” says Jane. “I hope my book will provide readers and their dogs with many happy hours of inspiring and enjoyable walks together.”

The author was born in Nottingham and now lives and works in the north of the county, promoting tourism.

She and her family, along with their two black Labradors, Macey and Jake, are enthusiastic walkers.

The dog walkers’ guide has been published by a company in Berkshire (although BARKshire may be more appropriate).

n OUR PHOTO shows Jane and her dogs