CliftonKeyworth

Clikey two
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By Hugh Hudson on 08 Nov 2023


Distance

9km/6mi

Ascent

99m

Descent

71m

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Ever since walking CLIKEY one last year, I have had a nagging feeling that a better route is available, because the A60 crossing at Bradmore is not 100% safe and the road walking on Pendock Lane lacks adequate verges and can get busy. This route is slightly shorter - there is still quite a lot of road walking but apart from Flawforth Lane these roads have good pavements, and Flawforth Lane has a flat wide grassy verge on the south side that is well trodden and usually well mown, so although the road is something of a rat run it can be used safely and comfortably. There are a few places that can get a little wet and muddy, but that is also true of CLIKEY one. Note that I have plotted the route along the right of way line between Plumtree and Keyworth but the first field south of the railway bridge has a well trodden alternative along its perimeter

Ever since walking CLIKEY one last year, I have had a nagging feeling that a better route is available, because the A60 crossing at Bradmore is not 100% safe and the road walking on Pendock Lane lacks adequate verges and can get busy. This route is slightly shorter - there is still quite a lot of road walking but apart from Flawforth Lane these roads have good pavements, and Flawforth Lane has a flat wide grassy verge on the south side that is well trodden and usually well mown, so although the road is something of a rat run it can be used safely and comfortably. There are a few places that can get a little wet and muddy, but that is also true of CLIKEY one. Note that I have plotted the route along the right of way line between Plumtree and Keyworth but the first field south of the railway bridge has a well trodden alternative along its perimeter

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Clifton
Grid Ref SK5544834349
Lat / Lon 52.90375° / -1.17707°
Easting / Northing 455,448E / 334,349N
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Keyworth
Grid Ref SK6181631159
Lat / Lon 52.87439° / -1.08301°
Easting / Northing 461,816E / 331,160N
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Hugh Hudson

08 Nov 2023 (edited 09 Nov 2023) Autumn

Walked from Keyworth to Clifton on a mostly dry afternoon after a lot of rain. A little muddy, but safer than CLIKEY one. Good views from the hill north of Keyworth.

The first task is to reach the edge of Keyworth - this is a simple pavement walk to Crossdale Drive, where our path goes through an alley around the left hand side of the primary school. Beyond the school we emerge into open fields at the top of a hill with fine views. Here the path becomes unsurfaced and can be wet and muddy, and in the bottom field above the railway, it is clear that many walkers choose to follow the edge of the field though there is evidence that some people still use the direct line, so take your pick. Beyond the bridge under the railway we cross a sheep pasture (there are stiles) then follow Station Road (which has a pavement) into Plumtree, then straight on past the Griffin pub.

Eventually we take the signposted footpath left which crosses more potentially muddy fields and a couple more stiles to reach the bridleway. This is an excellent old lane, but it may be wet at times though the puddles can usually be avoided. It crosses into fields before a house, then goes through a largely abandoned graveyard to reach Flawforth Lane, where we go straight on along the wide grass verge on the south side.

Just before the A60 junction we cross to the north side. Lights and central refuges make the A60 crossing fairly safe, and we then go straight on into the centre of Ruddington, then right up the High Street, using the zebra crossing to cross then continuing up Wilford Road. I chose to use Manor Road to take us off the main roads for a bit, we then follow the Clifton Road, turning left into Old Station Drive to cross the line of the old Great Central Railway, rejoining Clifton Road at a roundabout. From here the rest of the route is a simple pavement walk, which is unavoidable at least as far as Fairham Brook (there are longer alternatives here but it is easiest just to continue on the pavements).

Overall this is a good safe route, but the stiles and muddy sections mean it is not wheel friendly (but no worse than Clikey one on that score, and there aren't any safe wheelchair routes available between Keyworth and Ruddington).


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