Lincoln Cathedral, St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark, Gunthorpe Lock, and Belvoir Castle are just some of the sights visitors are able to see from two new viewing platforms that have opened at Gedling Country Park from Friday last week.
The two platforms were officially opened by the Mayor of Gedling on Friday July 10 and offer visitors views as far as Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. The platforms also feature interpretation panels displaying information about some of the sights.
The platforms, facing to the North and South of the park, both feature wheelchair and pushchair accessible ramps to ensure that they are as accessible to as many visitors as possible.
The Gedling Country Park Viewpoints project is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development who provide grants specifically for projects which help promote growth, jobs and tourism in rural areas.
A new 100 space car park has also been completed next to the existing car park at the Spring Lane entrance. The extra spaces will double the current number of spaces and allow more visitors at peaks times and reduce parking on nearby lanes and roads.
Since opening in 2015, the park has become increasingly popular and has around 100,000 visitors each year, with that number expected to increase as the park continues to evolve and additional facilities, such as the view platforms, are opened.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said; “These new visitor attractions are a welcome addition to the already fantastic, Gedling Country Park. The park is very popular and we have tried to find the balance between making sure we have enough car parking spaces for visitors while at the same time keeping as much of the park as possible a home for nature. I would like to thank the Rural Payments Agency for fully funding the Viewing Platforms project and it is something we would not have been able to do without their support.
“I am sure the new viewing platforms will be popular with visitors, it is incredible what you can actually see when you get there. It is one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire and the views really are something special. I’m really looking forward to seeing visitors, photographers and school groups enjoying the views and learning about the area.”