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Newark & River Trent accessible stile free walk, Nottinghamshire

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Walk Details
Newark was once a significant inland port and transport hub for the wool, coal and grain trade of the area in part thanks to its position on the River Trent. This short walk, that is wheelchair friendly, takes in part of the riverside walk and history of the area.

This is a circular walk so you can start anywhere you like on the trail and go either way around. We are starting opposite Newark Castle and going in a clockwise direction.

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The castle is steeped in history and there are plenty of information boards around the walls and gardens providing background information.

From the castle ruins and surrounding gardens the towpath leads down to the river. From here you can take a river cruise or you can enjoy a stroll along the towpath. Both these options are wheelchair/ buggy accessible.

The riverside walk meanders through the old town and along many cobbled streets, which can be a bit bumpy in a wheelchair, but still flat and easy to access. It then joins the riverside again and continues back along locks on the other side.

You may want to pause for a moment at Newark’s dry dock – the largest inland facility of its kind in the UK which still repairs/restores local crafts. Behind the dock is the entrance to a park-providing a great setting for a picnic, and a stroll in the sensory garden.

Crossing the Trent we turn back towards the old town; this section offering particularly good views of the castle, as well as opportunities for observing the regular barge and boat traffic on this quite majestic river.

Access TOG’s Verdict:
This is a lovely riverside walk that’s wheelchair friendly. Although there were no toilets where we parked the car by the castle, but we were told that there are wheelchair accessible loos located in the market place.

This walk was commissioned by The Canal & River Trust.

Carpark: Town Wharf, Newark-on-Trent, Newark NG24 1TP

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Newark Northgate, Lincoln

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".