Visit the

Art Trail

Follow the Harley Art Trail and explore a story of art – from cave paintings to contemporary visual art.

The free entry trail leads from The Harley Gallery to nearby Creswell Crags, in an easy 20-minute walk.

The Harley Gallery is renowned for its contemporary visual art exhibitions – while Creswell Crags is home to Britain’s earliest cave art.

Along the way, you will find new sculptures by two local artists, Michelle Reader and Martin Smith, as well as interpretation panels which tell the story of art in this landscape.

Two horse sculptures mark the start of the trail. They have been made by artist Michelle Reader out of recycled materials collected from the Welbeck estate.

From here, visitors can then walk the route dotted with interpretation panels and kinetic trees created by Martin Smith. Their reflective, brightly coloured leaves complement their woodland walk setting.



Cave Art to Contemporary Art Walking Trail – exploring the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Countryside is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Download a map here.

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Opening Times

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Free entry

Find Us

The Courtyard at Welbeck, A60 Mansfield Road
Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
S80 3LW

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“The sculptures represent an encounter between a prehistoric species and a present-day species making the link across time between Welbeck and Creswell Crags. The contemporary animal, a racehorse inspired by the lineage of the ‘bloody-shouldered Arabian’ brought to Welbeck by Edward Harley, comes face to face with its ancestor, a wild horse found locally 40,000 years ago.”

Michelle Reader

Getting Here


Getting Here

Visit by car

Our entrance is on the A60, 5 miles south of Worksop – look out for the brown signs for Welbeck.

Public transport

Arriving by train? We suggest:

  •  Mainline Trains (LNER) to Retford. Then for ease, book a taxi for onward travel. Try Hinchcliffe Taxis of Retford. Call 01777 702 049 to book.
  •  East Midland Trains to Creswell. Creswell is on the Robin Hood Line and runs a service between Nottingham and Worksop. From Creswell Station, there is a 2 mile (45 minutes) walk through Creswell Crags’ picturesque limestone gorge. See the route in Google Maps here.


The Art Trail consists of a mixture of stone paths and public footpath / tarmac surface. Please note that there are some stretches of the trail which have uneven surfaces.