However, the surrounding countryside is fairly flat, interspersed with lots of pretty little villages connected by relatively quiet country lanes, so ideal for the leisure cyclist, if not the commuter.
There are two well signed legs of the National Cycle Network available, Routes 15 and route 64. This ride uses some parts of each of them.
We start at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and finish in the Market Place in Newark, both within easy reach of nearby train stations, and if travelling from Derby, there are frequent direct off-peak services costing as little as £6 (return) with a Railcard.
The length of the ride is about 23 miles.
An un-metalled and badly potholed lane takes us into Ratcliffe-upon Trent where we turn left at the Co-op onto Shelford Road.passing the railway station. It is here where we leave NCN Route 15 which which proceeds ahead to Bingham.
Close by the memorial, in the adjacent field, stand these remarkable plant sculptures which are 23 feet high.
Lots of potholes on this track,
At Wensor Bridge we cross the River Devon (pronounced " Dee-von), which flows Northwards to Newark and joins the River Trent.
It takes us all the way into Newark.
A path alongside leads through to the Market Place and train station which are but a short distance away, alongside the River Trent and the Castle.
A nice leisure ride on a variety of surfaces, passing through picturesque flat countryside with lots of interesting things to see. Probably best done in this direction with the prevailing wind and the sun on your back. Lots to see and do in Newark. Good train connections at both ends of the route.