- Nottingham Road
Heart of the Midlands
Nottingham Road is situated just minutes from the foothills of the Drakensberg, within easy reach of the main road between Johannesburg and Durban. It is known as the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander.
This small, quaint village is known to its locals as “Notties” and lies in a picturesque landscape of rolling green hills, dotted with fly-fishing dams. Notties offers visitors real old-world English charm with traditional taverns, an eclectic mix of art and crafts and historical attractions. The locals are friendly and a “must do”, is a visit to the local Nottingham Road Brewery. It is a delightful rustic brewery which 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’!
The Nottingham Road hotel, the village, its farmers’ hall and the shops of The Nottingham Road Junction are the main draw cards of the town, but don’t forget that the area also caters extremely well to outdoor enthusiasts – equestrian events, fishing, mountain bike trails, hiking trails and even canopy tours are all part of the experience!
The attractions of the Midlands Meander bring travellers for both day trips and longer stays and Nottingham Road is also used as a stopover en-route to the Drakensberg
Nottingham Road boasts numerous restaurants and excellent accommodation which includes the local hotel, B&B’s, Guesthouses and self-catering cottages.
Things to do and see
- The Candle Dipping Shop
- Nottingham Road Brewery
- Blueberry Hill Complex
- Gowrie Market
- Midlands Meander
- Albert Falls Amble, “The Amble”
- Midlands Birding Route
- Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve
- Gowrie Farm Golf Course
- Fort Nottingham Museum, 15 km
- Howick Falls, 38 km
Nottingham Road receives approximately 799 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 18˚C.
There are daily local flights into Pietermaritzburg Airport, approximately 69 Km’s away via the N3, and into King Shaka Airport in Durban, approximately 162 Km’s away also via the N3. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The first white Settlers in the area were the Voortrekkers. They started leaving the area when Britain annexed the Boer Republic of Natalia in 1843. Most sold their farms to the newly arrived British settlers and by the 1850s there were only a few of the original Voortrekker families left. Many farm names in the area, however, still have an Afrikaans/Dutch origin.
The community was on the very edge of civilisation as they were the only white people in the area, and they were troubled by Bushmen who came down from the Drakensberg to steal cattle and horses. The government decided to create a ‘buffer zone’ by establishing a small military outpost in west of the existing settlement, and 13 000 acres of commonage was allocated for the village of Fort Nottingham, which was proclaimed in 1856.
Until 1875, Fort Nottingham was described in the Deeds office as Nottingham after the Sherwood Foresters’ hometown, but its name was changed to Fort Nottingham to avoid confusion with the village of what is today Nottingham Road, which grew up around the railway line.
The railway line reached the site of the future Nottingham Road station by the end of 1883, and the station constructed where the line and road to Fort Nottingham intersected, hence the name Nottingham Road.
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