The natural landscape of Nottinghamshire is one of wooded areas, pasturelands and many acres devoted to mixed farming. Soaring church spires, impressive castle remains, great houses, landscaped gardens, and rich agricultural land - Nottinghamshire is steeped in history and visually stimulating. It has much to offer both the serious and casual visitor. Danish place names are commonly found, and reflect the course of English history, so evident in this county. The calm and placid River Trent flows through wooded vales in Nottinghamshire, forming the county border with Lincolnshire; the river creates a broad low-lying valley as it meanders through its middle course. South Nottinghamshire is dominated by the historic city of Nottingham. To the north-west, stretching toward Derbyshire, are the remains of the coalfield belt, which featured so prominently in the early novels of local writer D H Lawrence.
The wooded swaths of Sherwood Forest, legendary home of Robin Hood, sprawl massively in the north-east of the county. Nottinghamshire is a county of many contrasting features, some very evident, others hidden away, awaiting discovery.