The Dumbles, Lambley, and Lowdham

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Feb 18

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Total distance about 16 km (10 miles). Total ascent 155 m (509 feet). Approximately 5.5 hours, including pub stop. Some paths are uneven and may be boggy in wet conditions.

Walk across the gentle rolling hills of Mid-Nottinghamshire, through centuries of agriculture and ancient settlements, in a green belt about 11 km (7 miles) northeast of Nottingham city.

Lambley means "lamb's meadow": the Old English words lamb and lēah meaning a forest, wood, glade, clearing, pasture. The village has hardly been touched by urbanisation.

Dumble is a local dialect word meaning 'hollow; wooded valley; deep cut water course' (Old English dumbel or dymbel). Lambley Dumbles are a fine example where the clay bedrock plateau, made up of Mercia Mudstone, is dissected by streams, forming steep sided, ancient wooded valleys rich in flowers and ferns.

Ploughman Wood was once part of a much larger area of woodland that dates back to the 13th century. It is mainly ash/oak with some other species and this mix provides an excellent range of habitats for wildlife.

The route takes us past HMP Lowdham Grange opened in 1998, built on the site of the former Borstal which closed in 1982. One of Lowdham Grange's new prisoner custody officers had previously been employed as a security guard for the gangster Reggie Kray.

We will visit the WoodLark Inn at Lambley during the afternoon.


Well behaved dogs are welcome but owners must ensure dogs are kept under control at all times.

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