WALK #4 – Ruddington to Bradmore – and back

This is the fourth walk in the series – and we have already headed south, north and west – so this stroll takes in countryside to the east of Ruddington, around the pretty village of Bradmore. The walk takes about three hours and is about four and a half miles long. Unlike the previous walks, there are no nature trails or country parks, but paths and tracks across open countryside and farmland, so please ensure that you are wearing sturdy footwear, or preferably good quality hiking boots. As with all the…

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WALK #3 – Ruddington to Clifton’s Greatest Hits

The third walk in this series takes us from Ruddington towards its nearest neighbour.  Clifton has its roots as a village, existing now within the Nottingham City boundary but growing up initially around Clifton Hall, an ancient family seat.  It was much enlarged by the building of a large council estate in the 1950s and is now a vibrant suburban community, enhanced by its new tram route and, arguably, the dualling of the A453 which reduced its seemingly permanent congestion during rush hour. This walk takes in some of the…

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WALK #2 – Ruddington to Sharphill Wood – and back

The second walk in this series takes us from Ruddington into an attractive wooded nature reserve.  Sharphill Wood is reputed to be the patch of real countryside closest to Nottingham City Centre, and is situated on a ridge above West Bridgford.  The walk incorporates a safe crossing of the A52 – essential if you’re going to be able to explore North beyond Ruddington’s boundaries! First, please click on the map below should you wish to open it in a separate window, for reference. Walk #2 begins again in the centre of Ruddington,…

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WALK #1 – A Short Circular Stroll Around Ruddington

This first walk is for Ruddington residents and tourists alike.  It takes in many of the attractions of the village, as well as providing a number of opportunities to see the trains which run on the nearby Great Central Railway at weekends and bank holidays throughout most of the year, except for a number of weeks in winter. First, please click on the map below should you wish to open it in a separate window, for reference. Walk #1 begins in the centre of Ruddington, by the ‘Ruddington Church’ bus stop…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Restaurants

Ruddington Restaurants – from Indian to Italian and a variety of great British food, too. There are LOTS of places you can pop in to have something to eat in Ruddington.  As well as the cafes/delis most of the pubs now serve food and some offer extensive menus in smart dining-only areas with waiter or waitress service. You might like to try one of our five popular Ruddington restaurants:- Dhaka Delhi: High Street stop – Navy 3, Green 10 The Three Spices: – Easthorpe Street stop – Green 10 Ruddington Grange Golf…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Ruddington Church. The chapel of St Mary, built in 1459, became Ruddington’s parish church when St Peter’s Church in nearby Flawford was demolished in 1773. Much of the current Grade II listed Gothic style building dates from 1824 but it retains the chancel and steeple from the ancient fabric. The impressive manual pipe organ was installed in 1908 and made by Brindley & Foster of Sheffield. The church is in frequent use for worship as well as other village events…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Graves of the Rorke’s Drift Survivors

The Graves of the Rorke’s Drift Survivors: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Ruddington Church. A short walk along Vicarage Lane will take you to Shaw Street Cemetery. It contains the graves of no less than three of the survivors of just 150 British and colonial troops who successfully defended the Rorke’s Drift garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors in South Africa in 1879. The recently restored headstones of Privates Caleb Wood, James Marshall and Robert Tongue (pictured) can all be found fairly easily.

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | The Village Museum – CLOSED

The Village Museum: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Ruddington Church. Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus, curator Gavin Walker says it is unlikely the museum will reopen for summer 2020 or for the foreseeable future. This is housed within part of St Peter’s Rooms, which was Ruddington’s former Victorian school. Founded in 1968, the museum explores retail life in late Victorian and early Edwardian Ruddington through a series of displays which recreate the village shops of yesteryear. These include the world’s oldest surviving fish and chip shop interior – relocated…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Ruddington Grange Golf Club

Ruddington Grange Golf Club: Catch the Navy 3 to Grange Court. Try out the 18 hole par 72 golf course – or just pop in for a drink and a meal. Since it was created in 1988, Ruddington Grange has acquired a reputation as one of Nottinghamshire’s very best courses. It is open seven days a week and green fees start at just £10 per person.

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