Gedling Country Park

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Gedling Country Park opened in 2015. The park has 580 acres of open space, footpaths and wildlife for you to enjoy, with stunning views over the surrounding areas, and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends, opportunities for exercise and activities and nature and wildness on your doorstep!

The park has a popular chldren's play area, complete with mining tower slide, picnic areas, two viewing platforms, a visitor centre whwere you can find out more about the history of the park and surrounding area and a fabulous cafe, offering hot and cold food and drink.

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Cafe 1899 

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The cafe at the visitor centre in Gedling Country Park has everything you need after a long walk around the park. It serves hot and cold food and drinks and has seating with beautiful views of the park.

Please note you currently need to pre-book an indoor table. Outdoor tables are still available on a first come, first served basis. Find out more about our safety measures.

Cafe opening times

  • Monday to Friday - 9.30am - 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 9.30am - 5pm

Toilets

Toilets are located in the visitor centre. The toilets' opening hours are the same as the cafe. Please note, the toilets are currently having additional cleaning sessions throughout the day and during those cleaning sessions, are not accessible. Please wait outside until the cleaner has finished.

Changing Places facility

The park boasts a Changing Places facility which includes height adjustable changing benches, a tracking hoist system, space for disabled people and carers, a central toilet and a non-slip floor. Access to the facilities is available with a radar key. 

Children's play area

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Come along and enjoy one of the top play areas in the borough, it incorporates the park's mining heritage with a rustic mining tower slide, mining train and old pit grasslands. The park has a toddler area, complete with swings, slides and a wheelchair accessible roundabout. 

Walking and cycling

We've laid out a series of trails to allow you to get round the park easily. They are graded for length and difficulty so you can take anything from a quick stroll with a pushchair to a strenuous workout.

Top Hard (Red) - 2.8km long with some steep inclines.

High Hazles (Blue) - 1.4km with gentle slopes suitable for wheelchair users.

Main Bright (Yellow) - 2.7km of mainly easy paths but with a sharp slope at one point.

Low Hazles (Green) - at 5.7km it's the longest route with several steep parts.

All routes are circular and are signposted at every junction.

Download our Orienteering map

Nature trail

The accessible High Hazles route includes a womderful nature trail for families to follow and discover carvings of eight animals which are local to Gedling Country Park.

The trail starts just after the children’s play area. To complete the trail you will need a nature trail leaflet and a crayon, which you can purchase from the café for 20p. The leaflet tells you all about the wildlife at the park and other things that you can look out for during your visit.

Viewing platforms

Two viewing platforms were officially opened by the Mayor of Gedling on 10 July 2020. They provide views as far as Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Each platform has interpretation panels with information about some of the sights you can see, including Lincoln Cathedral, St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark, Gunthorpe Lock and Belvoir Castle.

The platforms, facing to the North and South of the park, both feature wheelchair and pushchair accessible ramps, to ensure that they are as accessible to as many visitors as possible.

 

'Friends of' groups

There are several 'Friends of' groups that take an active role in maintaining and developing a particular park or open space. Gedling Country Park is supported by the Friends of Gedling Country Park group. Find out more about this group and others on our 'Friends of' page.

 

Getting to the park 

By car

Spring Lane entrance

The park is accessible by foot at all times but the car parks are only open from dawn until dusk. Car park gates are closed at night. The Spring Lane entrance car parking area has recently been increased.

Car park opening times

MonthOpenClosed
March 8am 6pm
April 8am 7pm
May 8am 9pm
June, July and August 8am 9pm
September 8am 7pm
October 8am 5pm
November - February 8am 4pm

Lambley Lane recreation ground entrance

The route into the park from the recreation ground involves crossing stiles, so people with mobility problems or pushchairs should use the Spring Lane car park.


By bus

Nottingham City Transport run buses that go close to the two main entrances of the park.

 

Management plan

A full copy of our Management Plan is available to view online and is deliberately designed as a working tool to assist staff, contractors, stakeholders and the park’s ‘Friends’ group to articulate and share their vision, understand their roles and responsibilities and plan for the future of Gedling Country Park.