PERLETHORPE / THORESBY PARK
This lovely site is in the grounds of Thoresby Hall Estate and coincides with a Morris Car event in Thoresby Park. The site is ideally located for visits to Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park. The hall is a short drive away.
Directions: From Nottingham take A614; at Ollerton roundaboat continue on A614 (Blyth rd) in 2 miles turn left at Thoresby roundabout onto Netherfield Lane, site on left. Camping in Thoresby Estate, hall about ½ mile away in Perlethorpe
SWYTHAMLEY & HEATON CENTRE
Directions: Try using the co-ordinates if you have a sat nav as they are the most accurate.
You might wonder where this place is but the KGB knows. In 1980, just before the Moscow Olympics, Russia claimed that we were training spies at the Ukrainian centre who would infiltrate the USSR disguised at athletes. No wonder we seldom win; we should have sent real runners. During WW2 the camp was visited by Vera Lynn and Glen Miller, and now it’s your turn.
Weston Hall was started in 1642 but never finished, as can be seen by the bricked up doors half way up the walls. However it was good enough for the Roundheads who garrisoned it in the civil war, and some are still there buried in the churchyard after the battle at nearby Kings Mill. 1770 saw the building of Weston Lock enabling goods to be transferred from the canal to the Trent and you can still see the warehouse buildings. But if you really want to see canal history you must visit the Shardlow Wharf Conservation Area, at nearby Shardlow, a place created entirely by the canal meeting the Trent, a river port, and like most ports it’s full of pubs, seven at the last count.
Railways killed canals, but not at Weston because someone built one right through the middle in 1873. The sidings created lots of jobs and housing was erected for the workers. Unfortunately sparks from the engines burned down other houses; thatched ones.
Up the road is East Midlands Airport (thereby completing the trains and boats and planes theme) and Donnington race track, which houses the brilliant Wheatcroft Collection of racing cars. Visit Calke Abbey (NT) to see a countryhouse which was totally neglected through lack of funds and has been kept as a house in decline. See Ashby De La Zouch with its ruined castle.
Directions: From A50 take A514 south toward Swarkstone, 100 yds turn left continue 1.4 miles. Sight signposted on right