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|Author: Claire, Published: 03 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail through the heart of Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of Robin Hood. The walk will give you chance to see the Major Oak, the forest’s most famous landmark, as well as many of the other ancient majestic oak trees which populate the area. Throughout the walk you will see bird feeding stations, making woodland birds such as nuthatches and woodpeckers a common sight. |
The walk is relatively flat with just steady slopes in a couple of places. There are no stiles and just a handful of single gates. The surfaces are a mixture of stone and dirt forest tracks, some of which can be muddy after wet weather and all of which can be a little uneven with tree roots in parts. The route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs. There are toilet facilities and a cafe at the start of the walk. Dogs are welcome in the forest and can also be taken on a lead into parts of the visitor centre. Parts of the forest are grazed by cattle and sheep during the summer so take care with dogs at these times. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on the B6034 Swincote Road, just north of Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. There are brown tourism signs to guide you to the entrance. Approximate post code NG21 9HN. Car parking charges apply during school holidays and on weekends and bank holidays (£3 per car per day April 2013). The bus service from Nottingham to Worksop stops in Edwinstowe High Street, which is just a 10 minute walk from the starting point.
|Start to Major Oak|
Start point: 53.2027 lat, -1.0636 long
The walk starts from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Stand facing the visitor centre complex gate and turn left onto the path signed to the Major Oak. Keep to the path alongside the fence, following signs to the Major Oak. Continue until you come to an open junction where you will find the Major Oak fenced to the right. As you walk ahead with the tree on the right, fork right to reach the information board.
|Major Oak to Forest Drive|
Start point: 53.2044 lat, -1.0724 long
Continue past the information board and keep following the path clockwise around the fenced enclosure of the Major Oak. Ignore the first path off to the left and on the left you’ll pass The Laughing Tree, a wooden sculpture said to bring joy to the wood.
|Forest Drive to Centre Tree|
Start point: 53.2107 lat, -1.0935 long
Turn immediately left onto the bridleway which runs parallel with the major forest drive to the right. Follow this path for some distance.
|Centre Tree to End|
Start point: 53.2017 lat, -1.0931 long
Turn left here passing alongside the vehicle barrier. After just a few paces fork right off the main path, onto the public footpath signed to Edwinstowe passing another vehicle barrier. Follow this path for some distance ignoring any paths off to the left and right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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