Clifton Tram WalkSince my first walk to Hucknall following the route of the Nottingham Tram, a further two tram routes have been opened leading to the suburbs of Clifton and Beeston, so I decided that for the sake of continuity I had better go follow them…

I picked a reasonably sunny Autumn day for the second challenge, following the line from Nottingham Station to the terminus at Clifton. Feeling a bit of a fool I walked up the stairs to the tram stop before turning round and leaving the station to join the pavement next to the tram line.

The Clifton and Beeston lines start together before the Clifton line branches off along the tree lined Queen’s Walk to cross the River Trent using the Wilford Toll Bridge. This bridge was opened in 1870 to replace the ferry, and the bridge ’piers’ are impressive Grade 2 Listed red brick structures. The central span of the bridge has been widened and strengthened to take the trams.

Wilford Toll Bridge

Wilford Toll Bridge

After passing underneath the A52 dual carriageway, the tram line heads out into open countryside and I was concerned I may not be able to follow, but the cycle path took me alongside it all the way into Clifton. I stopped for lunch in a lovely rural spot, utilising a fallen log as a seat and enjoying the Autumn coloured leaves.

Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

The next part of my journey took me through the heart of busy Clifton with its shop fronted main street, where I stopped for coffee. My resolution to stand on each tram stop was tested here as the stops were confined to islands in the middle of the road, and I felt slightly silly crossing the road to stand on them before walking away.

Tram stop

Tram stop

The Clifton line is the shortest of the tram lines, terminating at a Park and Ride near to the newly widened A453, and there was the added bonus of discovering that a promotion meant that all fairs were £1 today instead of the usual £2.70 so my ride back to Nottingham Station was even more enjoyable.

The terminal at Clifton

The terminal at Clifton

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