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Vicar Water Country Park

Mansfield Road, Clipstone, Mansfield NG21 9AA, England
+44 1623 466340
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Had a lovely peaceful walk with the dog, plenty to see, very relaxing, the cafe was good value, and... read more

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Mandy F
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Local walk

Lovely walk disabled friendly nice cafe could be anywhere nice and peaceful Ex PIT TIP free parking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stuart W
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Vicar Water Country Park has had a fascinating and varied history before becoming a 78 hectare, Green Flag award winning green space. In the Middle Ages the Vicar Water stream was known as Warmebroke - "Warm Brook" before becoming Vicar Water. Vicar Water was dammed in 1870 by the 5th Duke of Portland creating Vicar Pond for use as a fishery to supply the lakes at Welbeck Abbey. In the early 1900's Vicar Pond was used for boating and swimming by soldiers posted at the nearby Clipstone Camp. In 1912, the 6th Duke of Portland leased the area around Vicar Pond known as Anne Bower Hill to the Bolsover Colliery Company and coal was reached in 1922 after a break due to the First World War. In 1976 coal ceased to be tipped around the immediate area around Vicar Pond and 10 hectares of woodland was planted. In 1982 Vicar Water Country Park officially opened with Newark and Sherwood District Council officially taking over ownership in 1992. The park doubled in size in 1999 after more reclamation work was undertaken on further areas of spoil tipping. In 2000 the Visitor Center opened and the park received its first Green Flag award, which it has received every year since. In more recent times the park has become an officially accredited Country Park through Natural England and provides a host of recreational activities including fishing, cycling, dog walking, wildlife watching, model boat sailing, and horse riding. There are 3 waymarked trails available free of charge from the visitor centre where there is also toilets and Rumbles café to purchase refreshments.
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“lovely walk” (13 reviews)
“fishing lake” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mansfield Road, Clipstone, Mansfield NG21 9AA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a lovely peaceful walk with the dog, plenty to see, very relaxing, the cafe was good value, and a must for refreshments after a walk

Thank Mandy F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely walk disabled friendly nice cafe could be anywhere nice and peaceful Ex PIT TIP free parking but do ask for a donation

Thank Stuart W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely place for a walk fishing coffee and playing with the children on the park walk through to sherwood pines or bike there walk the other to meet up with a area that is a nature reserve

Thank Jill P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really nice for all the family. Dog friendly very clean. Brilliant for a family afternoon walk. Lakes are lovely to see, plenty of ducks. Nice to see the remote control boats being used in the smaller pond.

Thank rachelizb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to walk the dog,get some fresh air and to watch life go by. Dexter - the dog- loved sniffing around and meeting other canines. He was not so amused when he was (rightly) prevented from investigating the bird life and the people fishing....More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Hi Im Sam a 5 yr old sproodle. I've been here a few times recently as we are visiting my grandad who is in hospital. Firstly..it's maintained as well as it could be as some paths are quite narrow. It's £1 to park up and...More

1  Thank SproodleSAM
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

If you are looking for somewhere local to take the kids out for some fresh air, have a picnic and a run around this place is great. There's a cafe with toilets and an outdoor play area which is reasonably priced. Good for seating, you...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Nice place for a walk and great restaurant to visit after that serve a good range of food and drink. There are miles of footpaths to explore and cycle.

Thank markiep64
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

It can be an unassuming walk around the water or wander off into the woods, follow the old train tracks and find yourself in sherwood pines. What’s not to 💗 it can be challenging climbing the banks or a gentle stroll.

Thank Helena M
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Went here on a slightly cold and wet day which wasnt too good. This is a great place for everyone on a dry day. There are several walks and lakes.

Thank LewisH2
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egilbert91
18 May 2018|
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Response from markiep64 | Reviewed this property |
😀😀 in a word No fishing 🎣 and you might get some 🐕 diving in after the swans
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Marie F
5 April 2018|
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Response from Holistichealth2015 | Reviewed this property |
I've seen dogs off leads but you need to take one with you as there are ducks, other dogs, small children and the occasional car. I suspect it depends on how well behaved your dog is.
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heathercluer
12 February 2018|
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Response from foodofallfoods | Reviewed this property |
Don’t think any form of boating is allowed on this lake .
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