With its rolling hills, lakes, ponds and woodlands old and new, Cotgrave Country Park is a great place to visit, explore and enjoy. It has developed around the Cotgrave Colliery that closed in the 1990s. The park is owned and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Old railway lines are still visible, and the Grantham canal, still in water, winds through the park with working locks. The imposing Heron Lake is used by a local angling club who work hard to protect and increase the variety of wildlife including wildfowl of many species. Foxes, deer, rabbits and other notable animals are in residence here. There are many interesting walks with panoramic views over Nottinghamshire as they climb the hills, and the park is now linked to Radcliffe and Holme Pierrepont via a Multi-user-Route (MUR) utilising the disused rail link for the pit. Several miles of well-surfaced tracks are enjoyed by walkers, cyclist and equestrians alike, and a dedicated dog pool is provided for the many dogs that enjoy the park.
There are several entry points to the park, all shown on the park map:
The best way to experience the park is to explore it yourself, but here are some highlights to look out for:
We encourage everyone to travel to the park by foot, bike or public transport where possible, but a free car park is available for motorists on Hollygate Lane (the car park has a height barrier).
There are no toilet facilities in Cotgrave Country Park. There are also no general waste bins in the park; please take away everything you bring to help keep the park tidy and litter-free.
Dog walkers are welcome in the park, and dog waste bins are provided at several points around the park; please ensure you clean up after your dog and use the bins provided. There is also a dedicated Dog Pool near the car park on Hollygate Lane.
Our friends Ginger and Blue Coffee can often be found in the park, providing light refreshments. Or why not walk into Cotgrave and enjoy one of the cafes or pubs on offer!