Cuckney Water Meadows

A scenic countryside walk through fields to the nearby village of Cuckney, with views of the picturesque Cuckney water meadows and Grade I listed church.

The walk includes a range of surfaces, with some slight inclines, fields, country road crossings, steps and uneven stretches. 


Distance: 6.28 miles (round trip)

Time: 3.5 hours (round trip)

Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult (Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushcahirs)

OS Map:  Explorer 270, Sherwood Forest


See this walking trail on OS Maps

Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome on the public rights of way across Welbeck, but to help us protect our wildlife, livestock, and crops, please keep them on the lead and under close control.



1. Start this walk in The Courtyard at Welbeck. From here, head up through the car park to the top right-hand corner, towards the picnic area. 

The car park is open Monday - Saturday, 8am - 5pm. Sunday, 8am - 4pm. Closed Easter Sunday and over the Christmas period. Free parking.  Please note the door located at the picnic area, along with the car park barrier, is locked at the close of business. (Times may vary).

2. Walk through the door in the wall and along the path. Continue through the woodland and fields until you reach Lady Margaret Hall.

3. At Lady Margaret Hall turn left onto the Robin Hood Way towards Welbeck Village. 

4. Continue until you reach the junction. Turn right and head away from Welbeck Village. (Welbeck Village is a private estate and closed to visitors, please keep to the designated route and do not ignore the private signs).  

5. Follow the road until you reach the second Welbeck lodge and the iron gates. Please be careful on this road. It is frequently used by work traffic. 

6. Across from the second lodge, you will see a kissing gate. Go through and continue across the fields until you reach the road on the outskirts of Norton. Carefully cross the road and continue on the path through the fields. 

7. Follow the verge until you come to a stile. Climb through and carefully walk down the steps until you reach Cuckney Water Meadows.

8. From here, you can head into Cuckney Village and visit the Greendale Oak or retrace your steps to the Courtyard at Welbeck to enjoy lunch or coffee and cake at The Harley Café.  


Looking for a more detailed map? See this walking route on OS Maps.

Alternatively, download our illustrative walking route map here


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Stay with us

We have a selection of holiday cottages here on the Welbeck estate that will make your visit extra special. Stay in the heart of the Welbeck Village in The Winnings, or stay in a holiday cottage at Holbeck Farm Barns or Stable Cottage in Belph.