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Southwell Minster

Southwell

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Southwell town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Southwell's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Southwell is a Nottinghamshire town with chocolate box streets and a stunning minster or cathedral with pepperpot spires, dating back to the 12th century. It is also home to the Bramley apple and boasts the most complete workhouse in existence, and the place where the poet Byron lived. There are a number of impressive prebendal houses, and the town's Methodist church has the unusual feature of an old right-of-way running underneath it, necessitating a larger seating capacity upstairs than downstairs.

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Curious About... Southwell

  • An exploration of Southwell'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 Southwell 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 and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Workhouse to Minster - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting at England’s best preserved workhouse, this walk takes you alongside a bubbling river bounded by a community orchard, before opening out onto Caudwell’s imposing mill. Past the old railway station and onto Burgage Green, once home to Lord Byron. Now it’s down through the charming, quaint and quirky town centre, past an unusual church, before ending at Southwell Minster, with its distinctive ‘pepperpot’ spires.
1.5 hoursOK

2. Minster Circular - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the iconic Minster this walk leads you past some stunning Prebendal houses, before following a typical Southwell footpath – a rural interlude amongst widespread heritage. Onward next to the birthplace of the Bramley apple and an historic meadow, before seizing the opportunity to explore a glorious sensory garden, the ruins of The Archbishop’s Palace, and the delightful grounds of the Minster itself.
1 hourOK but diversion maybe needed

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.
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Downloads
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.

"An amazing Minster, a maze of leafy paths, and intriguing history, especially liked the bit about King Charles II. He seemed to pop up a lot around here!"


Latest Revision : August 2021


Southwell

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