Outdoor spots in the Midlands that you should visit this summer

This is the sign for Skegby Trail
Skegby Trail is just one example of a great outdoor spot in the midlands. Photo: Callum Altimas


Summer is almost upon us and with how up-and-down the weather is here in the United Kingdom, you’re going to want to make the most of it when that sun is beating down. To do that, you need to know the best places to visit.

Well, you’re in luck. We have you covered with four incredible underrated outdoor spots here in the Midlands that you should visit this summer. Whether it’s to relax, keep active or have fun, we’ve covered all bases with these.

Skegby Trail

Starting off a little simple, Skegby Trail is the perfect place to go if you’re wanting to do some light exercise in the heat. Surrounded by wildlife, the long, winding path straight through the heart of the trail is the ideal location for anyone wanting to go for a run or even cycling.

At just under six miles long, Skegby Trail also has several scenic areas if you’d rather take a leisurely stroll throughout. With a stream running alongside the trail, there are a number of secluded spots to relax in as well.

Sutton Lawn

Shifting to a more populated location, Sutton Lawn has a variety of different possible sporting activities for you to take part in. Located in Sutton-in-Ashfield, the 18-acre ground features a skate park, tennis courts, football pitches and an outdoor gym for anyone wanting to stay active and work up a sweat.

If you’re more inclined for a relaxing afternoon, Sutton Lawn has you covered there too, with a huge fishing lake to sit back and spend hours by the water as so many others like to do.

Newstead Abbey

As a historic landmark, Newstead Abbey costs £2 for general entry, but that’s pennies compared to the fun you can have once you’re on the grounds. Whether it’s exploring the ancient architecture, paddling in the waterfalls, or losing yourself in the fairground, there’s fun for everyone.

There’s also a wonderful selection of scenic locations for anyone wanting to take a picnic and just spend some quality time taking in the great outdoors. Located near the picturesque village of Ravenshead, there are few better outdoor spots in the Midlands.

Ladybower Reservoir

Rather than a nice, short and relaxing afternoon, you might want to make more of a day of things and there aren’t many better outdoor spots in the Midlands to do so than the Ladybower Reservoir. Situated in the Peak Districts, the area is perfect for hiking, with numerous hills and mounts surrounding the reservoir offering some pretty incredible views from above.

Just walking around the reservoir would take over two hours, but venturing up into the areas around the site, you could spend hours out in the sun and surveying the area from above, and taking in those stunning views makes it all worth it.