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Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Newark-On-Trent town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Newark-On-Trent's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Newark is probably best known for its castle, built alongside the River Trent in 1123 by the Bishop of Lincoln – Alexander the Magnificent. King John died there in 1216 after eating a ‘surfeit of peaches’ – hope you don’t believe in ghosts! Newark is also famous for antiques and hosts the biggest antiques fair in Europe 6 times a year. British Sugar PLC runs a major factory there, processing 1.6 million tonnes of sugar beet a year. There’s a floating bar in a barge on the Trent, entry/exit via a gangplank – don't drink too much!


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Curious About... Newark-On-Trent

  • An exploration of Newark-On-Trent's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Newark-On-Trent in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Vibrant Park to Castle Grounds - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From a vibrant, yet historic park, right next to a bustling marina, this walk leads you along cobbled streets and a riverside path with otters at play. Soon you’ll cross the Trent at a busy lock and walk the length of the castle on the far side of the river. Now it’s up into the town, past a magnificent church and Newark’s historic marketplace, before curling back to the castle with stunning views all around.
1.5 hoursOK, but a diversion maybe needed to cross the lock

2. The Castle to Friary Gardens - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
The start of this walk gives you a guided tour of the castle ruins and its delightful grounds. Then it’s up into the town, past many of its shops on byways ancient and new. Pass through Newark’s fascinating Royal Market square before exploring the grounds of its splendid 15th century church. Now it’s down another striking street, past a former friary to end at a park, once the friary’s gardens.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Hi, Impressive service – the booklets arrived by today’s post less than 24 hours from the order!! Looking forward to trying them out with our grand-daughters next week during half term. Thank you."

Latest Revision : September 2022


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail