Length: 4.3 km (2.7 miles)
For the other Nottingham route, click here.
Here's another Nottingham route, shorter than the main Nottingham Sights route. This one loops through a couple of quiet areas on the north side of town. It starts at the same spot as the other route, at the old market square, then takes you by the castle, heading downhill into the elegant "Park" neighborhood, west of downtown. Then it heads northeast, past the cemetary to the Arboretum park before heading back downtown.
|Nottingham's old market|
|View into the castle grounds|
The Park is a restricted-access neighborhood full of nice villas. It was once a deer park, developed in the 1800s by the dukes of Newcastle. There were a lot of ill-feelings at the time, because the townspeople regarded the area as public land.
It's a really nice area to run through, though, with its circular layout of homes bordered by some athletic fields on the east edge (lawn tennis and squash).
|Tennis courts in the Park|
Head north through both circles and keep running northwards along North Road. North Road ends at Derby Road, where you run out the neighborhood gates. Turn right here.
Run eastwards on Derby Road until you get to the big intersection at Alfreton Road. What looks like a small white train station straight ahead is the main entrance into the general cemetary. Turn left here and run to the first turnoff on the right side, Cromwell Street, where you turn right.
You will run along the cemetary wall for the entire length of the street. Cromwell Street ends right at the entrance to the Arboretum park. Cross Waverly Street and go into the park.
|View back into the Arboretum from the tunnel|
|The Chinese Bell Tower|
|The formal flower garden|
Turn left on Waverly and run straight back into the downtown. The street name will change to Goldsmith Street, going along the tram tracks past the main Nottingham Trent University building. The tram tracks will lead you right to the market square again along Market Street.
|Nottingham Trent University|