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What We Do
WF&CG is a community group whose members share an interest in the countryside. We maintain the public footpath network in Warsop, we undertake conservation projects, we provide information about the local natural and historical heritage and we organise a programme of walks.

The group was set up in 1996 to maintain Warsop’s rights of way network as agents of the Parish Council under the Nottinghamshire County Council Parish Paths Partnership (P3) scheme. Although the P3 scheme has been scrapped by the council this work is still carried out by volunteers from this group. The tasks involve at least two grass cuts a year along many of our footpaths and bridleways along with clearing the vegetation growing alongside the paths. We also install, replace and repair signposts and waymark posts and install and maintain stiles and bank steps. Each year we survey the condition of all 52 public footpaths, bridleways and byways in the parish.

Conservation projects have included tree and hedge planting on The Carrs alongside the River Meden. We have undertaken scrub clearance on the Hills & Holes SSSI following management plans from Natural England and continue with an annual grass cut on the Rhein o'Thorns section of the site.

We hope to encourage enjoyment of Warsop's countryside through our series of local walk guides which were published in our community newspaper Warsop & District News. They were also made available as walk packs and may be downloaded from this site. Our monthly column in Warsop & District News highlights local countryside and wildlife issues. Our booklet The Countryside of Warsop Parish - Birds, hedgerows and plants in around the Hills & Holes was published in 2001 and much of the content is reproduced in the Warsop's Countryside section of this site.

To mark the new millennium we embarked on a survey of approximately 1400 field boundaries in the parish of Warsop. We wanted to record the state of our hedgerows and celebrate the variety of this important wildlife habitat. Surveying took ten years to complete and the outcomes and the data collected may be viewed on the hedgerows section of this site.

In 2016 we marked the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Perambulation of the Manor of Warsop witha programme of walks and celebrations. We published a booklet and leaflet based on the history and walking routes around the parish boundary.

Our group walks usually take place on the third Saturday of each month. We aim for a mixture of local walks and trips further afield. The length of each walk is usually around 10km and we usual adopt a steady pace to allow enjoyment of the countryside.

You are welcome to join us on our workdays or on our walks. Our contact details can be found in the Warsop & District News.