Feeling energetic? Enjoy a full walk around the boundary of Wilford (or at least the city part of it).
Amalgamating highlights from several of our favourite walks, this short trek takes you across the entire area with tranquil walks along the River Trent, Fairham Brook, around Iremongers Pond and along the tram track. This walk gives you the full breadth of Wilford's variety of environments whilst giving you more than your needed daily exercise!
1 hour, 25 minutes
Some off-path area and steps, not appropriate for wheelchairs/pushchairs. Accessible route available.
- Iremongers Pond
- St Wilfrid's Church
- Trent Riverside
- Fairham Brook
We suggest you start at Wilford Lane Tram Stop.
Follow the path alongside the tram tracks northwards (towards the city) for 0.6 miles (roughly 12 minutes). Eventually, the tracks will make a sharp left turn. Rather than following the tracks, follow the path to your right, reaching the top of the flood embankment.
Step 2 *
Take an immediate left at the top, crossing the grass at a sharp angle to your left to follow a sloped track down towards the Swales (the smaller set of ponds) and Iremongers Pond. Once you reach the south-east corner of the pond, follow the gravel track along the right bank northwards between the pond and old railway embankment. Continue along the gravel path around the northern edge of the pond.
Immediately after crossing the inlet from the river to the pond where the gravel path turns sharply left, continue straight forwards through the less worn path towards Wilford Toll Bridge. When you reach the base of the bridge, follow the path under the second-from-left arch of the bridge and onto Moderns Rugby Pitch. If you are uncomfortable crossing beneath the bridge, follow the rough path to your left bringing you up to the level of the road. Following this, cross over the tram tracks and take the ramp directly opposite the path up - bringing you onto the Moderns Rugby Pitch. Turn sharply to your right, meeting the other side of the Toll Bridge arches.
Step 3 *
Follow the right-most edge of the field around until you reach the gravel car park below the flood embankment. Follow the track ramp up and down on your left, reaching Rectory Drive and the Ferry Inn in the distance ahead. Turn sharp right and you will be facing the back gate to St Wilfrid's Churchyard.
Entering St Wilfrid's Churchyard, you have three options of walks to reach the opposite gate. You can either make a sharp left to walk along the hedgerow and line of seasonal bluebells and follow the edge of the graveyard towards the gate or, continuing forwards towards the old gazebo, you can choose to walk around the right-hand side of the church or left, past the grave of Captain John Deane. All paths will eventually reach the gate at the far end. Follow this through to The Paddock and St Wilfrids Church Drive. Continue until you meet the Village Green and Main Road.
Continue south (right) along Main Road (without crossing) - you will eventually walk up along the Bee Bank. As you reach the end of the Bee Bank wall, follow the path through the stile on your right to continue along the river bank. Continue along this path, remaining on the rightmost path when it eventually splits to descend to the foot of the flood embankment.
Step 6 **
Remain on this path, continuing below Clifton Bridge, until you reach the Trent Riverwalk Car park. Following the left ramp out of the car park, cross the road at the crossing on your left-hand side. Upon crossing Clifton Lane, turn right and follow the main pavement to the left, continuing through the subway beneath the Clifton Lane flyover - you may prefer not to use the subway, if so, follow Alternative Route 2. When you reach Westerfield Way (Silverdale), cross the road and follow the road to your right until it forks with the road continuing to the left and Silverdale roundabout to your right.
Step 7 ***
Cross over the left fork of Westerfield Way, towards Silverdale Roundabout. Take the first turn left, bringing you down a set of steps and alongside Fairham Brook. Follow the path alongside Fairham Brook for 0.5 miles (roughly 12 minutes), ignoring the path to your left midway through. You will reach a T-Junction - follow the path to your right, over Fairham Brook. Reaching immediately another T-Junction, take the left turn and follow the path. You will shortly reach a Y-Junction - take the left turn, marked by yellow paving at the entrance, bringing you alongside the tram tracks.
Remain on the path following the tram tracks, continuing below Clifton Boulevard, until you reach Ruddington Lane. Cross Ruddington Lane and swap to walk alongside the right-hand side of the tram tracks. Remain walking alongside the tram tracks, passing Compton Acres Tram Stop, until you make it to Wilford Lane. Cross over Wilford Lane and you will have reached the start point.
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Accessible Route 1 *
After Step 1, for an accesible route avoiding off-path areas - rather than following Steps 2 and 3, follow Coronation Avenue west towards the Ferry Inn. Continue in the same direction along Rectory Drive following through to Step 4.
Accessible Route 2 **
Rather than passing through the subway, take the immediate right turn to walk alongside the sliproad meeting Clifton Boulevard. Continue, passing a bus stop, until the path ends meeting a crossing over the sliproad. With due care, take the crossing on your left to cross below the fly-over - continue over the second crossing bringing you to another bus stop. Follow the path directly behind and perpendicular to the bus stop bringing you to Westerfield Way. Cross over Westerfield Way and turn to the right, bringing you to the corner of the T-Junction and Step 7.
Accessible Route 3 ***
Follow Westerfield Way on your left, running alongside the flood embankment on your right. Remain on here for 0.2 miles (roughly 5 minutes), continuing around the corner to your left, until you reach Brookthorpe Way. Cross over Brookthorpe Way and follow this road to your right for 0.2 miles (roughly 5 minutes) until you reach the junction with Monksway (road) on your left and The Downs (road) in front of your. Cross over Monksway in front of you, then cross by The Downs on your right, bringing you to a path into the wooded area and back towards Fairham Brook. Continue along this path, following it to the left at the first Y-Junction, remaining on the path for 0.3 miles (roughly 6 minutes).
You will reach a T-Junction - follow the path to your right, over Fairham Brook. Reaching immediately another T-Junction, take the left turn and follow the path. You will shortly reach another Y-Junction - take the left turn, marked by yellow paving at the entrance, bringing you alongside the tram tracks. Continue from Step 8.
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