Southwell - The Minster, Bramley Apple, Workhouse, Byron and Charles 1st

The historic Nottinghamshire Minster town of Southwell is the seat of the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. The Minster is globally important for the exceptional quality carvings ‘The Leaves of Southwell’. The town is famous for the original Bramley Apple tree which was sown in 1809, the fact that Charles 1st spent his final night in the town before he was taken to London for execution. Lord Byron also lived here. The Workhouse on the edge of town is a popular National Trust property.

Technical sheet
No. 3507184
A Southwell walk posted on 02/07/20 by arbepe. Update : 20/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.94mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 138ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 141ft
Highest point Highest point : 197ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 85ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Southwell
Starting point Starting point : N 53.082013° / W 0.946833°
Download : -
View over the minster


(D/A) Start at the Southwell Trail car park which is next to the Final Whistle pub. The trail was part of the Midland Railway link to Mansfield which closed finally in 1968. Walk past Caudwell’s Greet Lily Mill and cross over the River Greet.

(1) Take the footpath left. The flour mill was closed in 1977 and was converted into residential apartments in 1989.

(2) The footpath alongside the mill follows the meandering River Greet for about a mile to cross the river to the pleasant hamlet of Maythorn. Continue along the minor road, passing “All Mine Cakes by the Lake” café to reach the main road.

(3) Cross the road to the right to take the footpath, left, through Norwood Park by the golf course to the orchard. Keep to the footpath through the Bramley Apple trees and then between the huge area of strawberry plants to reach a road. Continue basically in the same direction while crossing two minor roads and then a narrow fenced path leading through a field, and to a footbridge in a dingle.

(4) On emerging from the dingle take a footpath immediately left which eventually leads to a pleasant wooded walk alongside the Potwell Dyke to a road.

(5) Turn right along Halloughton Road and continue to the main Nottingham road. Turn right and immediately left past the rugby ground. Keep straight on uphill ignoring the road branch to the right.

(6) At the top bear left to find a footpath off left. There are good views over to the Minster as you walk down the footpath before turning left along a path that leads down the side of the school.

(7) Bear right then straight ahead with the children’s playground to your right and the bowls club left. Continue along the road before turning right.

(8) Where the road then turns left, go straight ahead into the Minster grounds. When you have viewed the Minster and the Archbishop’s Palace, continue down Church Road to a footpath on the left where the road bends right. Take the right hand path and keep ahead ignoring paths left and right to meet Newark Road.

(9) Cross the road into a housing estate and either continue ahead or right to eventually emerge on to Upton Road.

(10) Turn left, and take the path left. This area has been planted as a community orchard and runs between the housing estate and the River Greet to emerge opposite your parking spot. Before taking the footpath you could use the opportunity to visit the National Trust Workhouse about 50 yards ahead before returning to the footpath. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 92ft - Southwell Trail car park
1 : mi 0.06 - alt. 95ft - Caudwell Flour Mill
2 : mi 1.29 - alt. 95ft - Maythorne Farm
3 : mi 1.74 - alt. 144ft - Maythorne Cottages
4 : mi 2.98 - alt. 154ft - Dumble
5 : mi 3.28 - alt. 128ft - Halloughton Road
6 : mi 4.06 - alt. 194ft - Robin Hood Way
7 : mi 4.52 - alt. 121ft - Robin Hood Way
8 : mi 4.84 - alt. 148ft - Minster grounds
9 : mi 5.41 - alt. 95ft - Newark Road
10 : mi 5.59 - alt. 85ft - Upton Road
D/A : mi 5.94 - alt. 92ft - Southwell Trail car park

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.22/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.33/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 20 Sep 2021 17:25:48 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 18/09/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

The written description is good but the map lets it down. Red markings look like A roads and obscure details. I use semi-transparent yellow.

on Mon 01 Mar 2021 09:56:52 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 01/03/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Really enjoyed this walk and only went wrong once!
Some beautiful scenery and history and we were lucky with the weather

on Mon 20 Jul 2020 10:01:49 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 18/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

The walk was really good with some wonderful views of Southwell. It is a good mix of countryside and town and has an easy terrain to walk with dogs.

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