Sturton le Steeple – Clarborough Nature Reserve – North Leverton

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We start by the church at the little Nottinghamshire village of Sturton le Steeple, which strangely enough, doesn't have a steeple. We walk very steadily up to Sturton High House Farm. At 67m, this isn't the highest ground in the area, but still gives long views all around.

Next, we descend into a shallow, wooded valley, which is home to the Clarborough Nature Reserve. You are free to have a wander around the reserve. Our next port of call is the excellent Leverton Windmill. This is a working windmill, though opening hours are quite limited. It is open 'some' Sunday afternoons 2 - 5pm and by appointment. (Please ring 01427-880573 before visiting).

From the windmill, we soon enter the village of North Leverton with Habblesthorpe. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the longest place name in England. It's a pretty little place and you would be forgiven for stopping off at the local pub, The Royal Oak, for refreshment. The way back now is via the village church (where your humble contributor tied the knot) and then over fields to Sturton le Steeple. For those preferring refreshment post- rather than mid-walk, you'll find another excellent pub, The Reindeer Inn.

Dog-owners, please note the presence of cows and some awkward stiles between North Leverton and Sturton le Steeple. Also, dogs must be kept on a lead if visiting Clarborough Nature Reserve.

England - Central England - Nottinghamshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
18/08/2014 - Sam Roebuck

Rewalked 18-Aug-2014 in view of Ernest's comment. At the time of walking, the footpath from Waypoint 8 was a little overgrown, but was still walkable without difficulty (though shorts may not be too comfortable). The footpath improves greatly after 500m.

27/06/2014 - Ernest Malcolm Styring

On the guide number 8 it says turn on to a grassy track that takes you down to the windmill. This took some finding. We had to ask a local dog walker, who pointed it out, as it was so over grown, and not signed. We did with difficulty get down to the windmill after picking up lots of nettle stings. If we were to do this walk again in summer, I would carry on past that turn and walk down the road to Leverton.

16/07/2009 - helen willison

I thought Sam might like to know that today we have done another of his walks. We recently did Historic Lincoln. Fifteen of us from Worksop Ramblers did the Sturton le Steeple, Clarborough Nature Reserve and Leverton Walk. We were lucky with the weather and had sunshine all the way. We had coffee in the shade of the apple tree in Clarborough Nature Reserve where there was wild flowers for us to try and identify. We then called in at North Leverton Windmill where the miller met us and gave us a guided tour which was most interesting and informative. Lunch was taken sat outside and then the last part of the walk through Leverton, admiring gardens on the way, and back to Sturton. Everyone really enjoyed the day, so thanks once again Sam. Helen Willison

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