Rushcliffe lies immediately south of the City of Nottingham and the River Trent and extends across towards Newark in the north east and Loughborough in the south west. Rushcliffe covers 157 square miles (around 400 sq km) and the circumference of the Borough is 123.3km - see towns and villages on a Map of the borough of Rushcliffe.
Although parts of the Borough lie close to Nottingham, Rushcliffe has a strong identity of its own. The main centre of population is West Bridgford, where around 41,000 of the Borough's 111,100 population live. The remainder of the district is largely rural, with the centres of population split between small towns and villages.
West Bridgford, a leafy suburb, is where the Borough Council has its Community Contact Centre at the Rushcliffe Customer Services Centre. The council's headquarters is also based in West Bridgford, at the Rushcliffe Arena.
West Bridgford has a lively town centre, offering a range of shops to cater for most everyday needs, with plenty of low-cost parking - and there are three large superstore shopping developments in the area. For those who prefer life in the country, Rushcliffe offers the best of both worlds: the delights of rural living coupled with good transport links for getting to work and to other parts of the county and country. Some of the most delightful small towns and villages in Nottinghamshire lie within the Borough boundaries. The largest include Bingham, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Cotgrave, Keyworth, Ruddington and East Leake. Each boasts its own schools, shopping centres, health care facilities and leisure activities.
Access to the M1 motorway and the A1 from Rushcliffe is easy. Main line rail services are available at both Nottingham and nearby Grantham, with journey times to London of under two hours. The East Midlands International Airport lies just outside the Borough boundary. Access to Birmingham and the National Exhibition Centre is easy thanks to the M1/A42/M42 link.
West Bridgford can boast that it is the home of two of the most famous names in the world of sport - the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest Football Club. The National Water Sports Centre is nearby at Holme Pierrepont. These top class facilities are complemented by an excellent range of sports and leisure facilities provided by the Council.