There are four major routes I take to walk from Clifton to the city centre of Nottingham:
1. Clifton - Wilford - Ruddington - West Bridgford - the city centre
2. Clifton - Wilford - down a footpath close to the river - the tram path via The Meadows part of Nottingham - the city centre
3. Long way via Clifton - Ruddington - West Bridgford (via the route of the 10) - the city centre
4. Direct to the city centre via the footpath by the tram tracks
Recently, I've been walking on that last one, the footpath via the tram tracks. This is easily the most direct way into the city centre from Clifton, as it is a mostly straight route, in addition to avoiding much of the traffic. A modified version of this walk is to take it all the way to the bridge over the Trent but to then turn right and go via West Bridgford, which is what I did today as it adds some extra distance to the walk.