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April 2003
A walk around Gotham
The Cuckoo Bush
The perfect place to start and finish - The Cuckoo Bush in Gotham

Need to work off some unwanted calories?

Why not take a gentle stroll around Nottinghamshire.


John Holmes, BBC Radio Nottingham
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John Holmes presents the afternoon show on BBC Radio Nottingham between 2pm and 5pm.

There's been a pub on the site of the Cuckoo Bush since 1858.

Gotham has become famous the world over after tales of Batman and Robin in Gotham City.
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BBC Radio Nottingham presenter, John Holmes, is a keen walker and suggests a gentle hike around Gotham as a perfect way to unwind.

The Cuckoo Bush
It all starts at the pub (where else!). The Cuckoo Bush is so named to commemorate the exploits of the "Wise Men of Gotham."

They, allegedly, built a fence around a bush to keep a cuckoo in so it would sing to them throughout the year.

There's been a public house on the site since 1858.

The Walk
Suitably equipped, you can set off on the short 2.75 miles walk.

Map of Gotham Walk
The Gotham walk

1. Follow Leake Road past the Kegworth Road junction, then continue along Nottingham Road until you come to the bend.

Carry straight on, leaving the road and heading onto a rough track next to the British Legion Clubhouse.

Turn left through a picnic area, follow the footpath along the old mineral railway, which is now called the Gotham Railway Walk.

2. Follow the railway walk for some way then leave it via a footpath on the right, just beyond a park bench.

John takes the strain
John Holmes takes the strain

Keep going on the field path, on the left of the hedge, climbing slowly towards some wooded hills.

Go through a kissing gate then turn left following a cart track.

There are some lovely views here so don't rush.

Ignore a gate leading to Gotham Hill Wood but turn right, passing another gate on your left. Keep going along the field boundary over Gotham Hill.

3. Head through a metal bridle gate, cross to the edge of the wood and turn right, following the edge of the wood.

You keep to the edge of the wood and go through a bridle gate.

Continue along a track over fields, descending to a redundant section of Nottingham road next to a riding stables.

4. Turn right, back onto the A453 and head into Gotham village (and the pub!).

With thanks
This walk is taken from the book Pub Strolls in Nottinghamshire by Peter Fooks.

It's published by Countryside Books and costs £7.95.

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