Bestwood Village, Nottingham NG6 8TQ

Located north of Nottingham, just off the A60, the 650 acres of Bestwood have a richly varied landscape, wildlife and industrial heritage. This country park, popular with walkers, cyclists and bird-watchers, was once home to one of Britain’s busiest coal mines.

The park and surrounding area was once a huge hunting preserve, covering 3,711 acres. As part of the Royal Sherwood Forest, Bestwood was a popular and convenient hunting location for local landed gentry and monarchs visiting Nottingham.

By the time of the Industrial Revolution, the land was cleared and a thriving coal mine had been built. It survived well into the 20th century and was closed in 1967. During its heyday, it was one of the busiest mines in the country. The deepest shaft, Top Hard, was nearly half a mile deep.

Today, visitors can enjoy a wealth of natural beauty and explore Nottinghamshire;s industrial heritage at the Winding Engine House. You can do some bird watching on the Mill Lake, or enjoy the park on foot, bike or horseback.

If you brought your own lunch, you will find picnic tables located throughout park. But, if you fancy a hot cup of coffee, pop down to the Dynamo House Café.

The Dynamo House Café is open on Saturday, 10am til 1pm and on Bank Holidays. It serves hot drinks and home-made cakes. It is run by volunteers from the Friends of Bestwood Country Park and the Bestwood Village WI and all profits benefit the park. So while you are enjoying a relaxing beverage, you are helping keep the park alive.

You will find accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities in the Dynamo House and other toilets throughout the park. Bestwood is just four miles north of Nottingham, between Arnold and Bestwood Village. So, if you are looking for an escape from the city, visit Bestwood Country Park