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Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands

Nottingham Road
Nottingham Road

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As a child, I always thought Nottingham Road was the equivalent to ‘The Wind in the Willows’ in KwaZulu Natal, and indeed, this beautiful part of the world with its old-world country taverns and traditional old family farmland is reminiscent of the children’s classic written in 1908.

Nottingham Road is a village easily reached from the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, only 20 minutes from the foothills of the Drakensberg.

The landscape here is truly the green rolling hills of Natal, dotted with fly-fishing dams and an ordered beauty that has earned Nottingham Road its place in the heart of the Midlands Meander – an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, restaurants, and a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits that was originally created to attract visitors off the beaten track.

‘Notties’, as the locals are apt to call Nottingham Road, began as a tented camp, set up by the Sherwood Foresters in 1856 as a military fort to protect farmers in the area from raiding San hunter gatherers, who were indigenous to the area. In 1880 work on the Durban-Johannesburg railway began, running past the original Fort Nottingham by over 20 miles, to stop at Karkloof Station. The village that grew as a result of the station later became known as Nottingham Road.

Nottingham Road locals are a friendly bunch, and there is plenty to do in the area, starting with a visit to the Nottingham Road Brewing Co - a rustic brewery that produces beers with original names like a ‘whistling weasel pale ale’, a ‘pie-eyed possum pilsner’, a ‘pickled pig porter’ and a ‘tiddly toad lager’ - you can understand why ‘Wind in the Willows’ would come to mind.

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average visitor rating: 5/5"We loved the quaintness and charm of Nottingham Road. We were fortunate enough to experience some of the snow, which made it even more magical. This really is ..." - Esther, Knysna

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Albert Falls Amble

The Amble, also sometimes referred to as the Albert Falls Amble, is a complementary route to the Midlands Meander and Boston Beat. The route markets itself as 'the road less travelled'. But where the Midlands Meander is an arts and crafts route that focuses on the area north west ... more information

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

The source of the uMngeni River lies in the uMngeni Vlei area, an ancient wetland bounded by hills. From here it meanders eastward through undulating pastoral countryside until just before Midmar Dam, where it is joined by the Lions River. Below Midmar Dam the river plunges some 111 metres down ... more information

Gowrie Farm Golf Estate

Gowrie Farm Golf Course, one of KwaZulu Natal’s finest golf courses, was built in the traditional way with push up greens and rugged bunkers. The fairways and tees are Kikuyu with bent grass greens and surrounds. Only people over the age of 65 or those with medical certificates are allowed ... more information

Midlands Meander

The enchantment of the Midlands has long inspired many a visitor and resident to creativity and as a result, local artists, potters and weavers combined to create an arts and crafts route in 1985, which was to become the highly successful and popular Midlands Meander. The route stretches ... more information

The Amble

The Amble, also sometimes referred to as the Albert Falls Amble, is a complementary route to the Midlands Meander and Boston Beat. The route markets itself as 'the road less travelled'. But where the Midlands Meander is an arts and crafts route that focuses on the area north west of ... more information

Umvoti Vlei Nature Reserve

Lying just outside of Greytown, the Umvoti Vlei Nature Reserve is 267 hectares that function as a sanctuary for wetland birds - an ideal spot for bird watching that provides an unobtrusive bird hide for avid bird spotters. Most of the reserve is a wetland, hence the fantastic bird life. In the area ... more information

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Gowrie Market

Where: Nottingham Road
How much (per person): Price on request

The Gowrie Market is a gathering of local producers, who are encouraged by "Local is lekker". The market is a collaboration of the freshest ... more information

Guided Horse Rides at Kleinbosch

Where: Nottingham Road
How much (per person): Price on request

Horse riding with experienced guide - Explore 1200 acres of farmland and natural bush which includes 7 dams and part of the original Voortre ... more information

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Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub

Where: Nottingham Road

Come and join us at this quaint Austrian Tavern where you and your friends and family can sample our fine selection of the Nottingham Road draught brews, or you can carouse in true European-style with ... more information

Blueberry Hill

Where: Nottingham Road

Blueberry Hill is a complex of artists, artisans and coffee afficiandos perched on a hill on the winding Nottingham Road in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands. Blueberry Hill acts as a gallery space for vario ... more information

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