The tour in our district

Newark and Sherwood welcomes the tour of Britain on Saturday 8 September hosting the race for the second time.

Most of the route is now fixed but over the next few weeks all the finer details will be confirmed.

Gunthorpe

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Landmarks Gunthorpe is famous for its iconic bridge. It is popular with walkers as it offers a peaceful spot to take a break, have a picnic, watch the lock keeper at work and enjoy the wildlife and river birds. It might be livelier than usual though on Saturday 8 September!

Lowdham

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Landmarks Lowdham is known locally for its active events programme and you can guarantee that the tour riders will receive an enthusiastic welcome from locals. It's also famous for its gold painted post box outside the post office in honour of local hero and Paralympic sprinter Richard Whitehead.

Oxton

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Landmarks Oxton is a delightful little village crammed with listed buildings including an old forge and chapel. It is one of the few places to have a registered toad crossing point. Each March Beanfold Lane is closed to all vehicles to allow toads to cross the road safely back to their breeding ponds.

The spires of Southwell MinsterSouthwell

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Contact Honor Dunkley - Southwell Tourism Officer

Landmarks Southwell Minster the cathedral of Nottinghamshire, The Saracens Head Inn, Southwell Workhouse and home to the Bramley apple

Events - Race day is a chance to spend time in Southwell's historic centre, as well as seeing many of the world's elite cyclists at close quarters! There are many great vantage points to see the cyclists as they ride through the town around six tight bends! On the Burgage will be a giant television screen.

The cafes, pubs and restaurants will be welcoming people for lunch and refreshments. Our community will be decorating Southwell to greet the Tour. From scarecrows designed by Westhorpe residents, bunting, numerous yellow bicycles and a 'Best Dressed Window' display amongst Southwell's shops. Come and see their creative designs!

Visitors will also be helped by volunteers to maximise your enjoyment of the event!

Hockerton

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Landmarks Hockerton is well known locally for the Hockerton Housing Project which is the UK's first earth-sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development. Look out for the grass covered houses built into the bank as the TV helicopters above. Also just up the road from Hockerton and favourite with local walkers and cyclists is the Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour - a family run dairy and cafe serving around 20 seasonal ice cream flavours. This will be a great cheer point from which to watch the race.

Caunton

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Landmarks a picturesque rural village with a medieval church, St Andrews, a Manor House, two popular pubs (The Plough and The Caunton Beck) and the Caunton Beck stream running through the middle of the village. A stunning little village from which to watch the race.

‌‌Norwell

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Landmarks Norwell is an example of a typical farming community reaching back hundreds of years. Like many small North Nottinghamshire communities it would have once had its own village blacksmiths, wheelwright, stonemason and builders. Today Norwell is still thriving and has a village shop that is popular with local cyclists out for a Sunday spin.

‌‌Ossington

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Landmarks Ossington is a small rural village centred around Ossington Hall, the ancestral home of the Denison family. A quiet spot to watch the riders up close as they speed by.

‌‌Moorhouse

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Landmarks A tiny rural hamlet. Moorhouse chapel stands alone in a field approximately 2 miles east-south-east of Laxton. The present building was constructed in 1860-1 in French Gothic Revival style by the architect Henry Clutton, and it replaced an an earlier, medieval chapel which, in all probability, occupied exactly the same position.

‌‌Laxton‌

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Landmarks Laxton is best known for having the last remaining medieval open field system in the UK. This is where three fields are divided and farmed in strips. The village has a visitor and heritage centre in the grounds of the popular Dovecote Inn, the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle and it is the site of the National Holocaust Centre.

‌‌Egmanton

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Landmarks A pretty rural community close to Tuxford and the Lincolnshire border. It is centred around Egmanton Church and village hall and The Old Plough Inn. Popular with Sunday cyclists exploring this part of Nottinghamshire.

The Robin Hood Trail, EdwinstoweBudby

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Landmarks a small hamlet of working farms. It was once part of Sherwood Forest before the area was cleared for agriculture. Yellow bikes will mark the village entrance.

Robin Hood landing boxEdwinstowe

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Contact Sherwood Forest Trust

Landmarks Home of Robin Hood. Legend has it, it was here at the beautiful Church of St Mary, that Robin married Maid Marian. The high street is home to a statue in their honour. Sherwood Forest, now a National Nature Reserve, is home to over 900 veteran oak trees - the most famous being the Major Oak. New for this year is the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.

Decorated Heritage Museum Bike in BilsthorpeBilsthorpe

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Contact Bilsthorpe Parish Council

Landmarks A former mining village tucked away in a lovely rural setting. Coal mining arrived in Bilsthorpe in the 1920's and today the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum is dedicated to Nottinghamshire mining history. Last year local residents created a bicycle bonanza of decorated bikes! Cant wait to see what happens this year.

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Kirklington Mill PondKirklington

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Contact Kirklington Parish Council

Landmarks a pleasant rural village surrounding the Church of St Swithin.

The Old Reindeer Pub, EdingleyEdingley

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Contact Dominic Byrne at the Parish Council

edingley_clerk@outlook.com 

Landmarks The race passes right through the village towards Farnsfield, passing the pub, village hall and church.

Events - Yellow bikes galore again this year! The village was so well decorated last year that the tour organisers asked to come back!

Farnsfiled ChurchFarnsfield

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Landmarks On route (Longland Lane) past the WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial which is dedicated to 7 crewmen who lost their lives in 1944. The Parish Church of St Michaels take pride of place in the centre of the pretty village.

Events Farnsfield will be welcoming the tour with bunting, decorated bikes and cheering crowds. Pretty Farnsfield St Michaels Church will be open for refreshments and toilet facilities for spectators.

Blidworth ChurchBlidworth

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Contact Blidworth Parish Council

Landmarks Blidworth Parish Church of St Mary dates from the 15th Century and is reputed to be the burial place of Will Scarlet.

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