Your first walk might be the 700m stroll through the woods to the Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre. Here you will find details of all the trails in the forest, including the one-mile Dragonfly Trail, an easy, surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Pass some of the oldest trees in the forest before resting at the Dragonfly Pond. This walks also takes in play areas for the children. Â For a longer, three-mile walk, take the Nightjar Trail, which veers off from the Dragonfly trail.
No visit to this part of this world is complete without visiting the Major Oak, reputed to be the base of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Try thisÂ five and a half mile circular walk, which takes you past this world-famous landmark and through ancient woodland, where there are hundreds more veteran oak trees. Discover lots of other short walks in and around Sherwood Forest, to capture the spirit of the Robin Hood legend.
Nottinghamshire County Council has put together a whimsicalÂ walking guide, with some intriguingly named walks. â€˜Ghosts, Lovers and a Four-Poster Bedâ€™ is a hilly two-hour walk around Teversal, a half-hour drive from Sherwood Forest. The four-poster bed is a family pew in the church. Â â€˜Priories and Snowdropsâ€™ takes you around the pretty village of Blyth at the northern fringes of Sherwood Forest and promises, among other things, floral beauty, chivalrous knights and a gambling reprobate!
Clumber Park, just 20-minutesâ€™ drive from Sherwood Forest, is a wonderful mix of picturesque parkland and gardens, dappled woodland, and a magnificent lake. Walks here are plentiful and satisfying. TheÂ Clumber ParkÂ walk is a 45-minute walk, suitable for all abilities, which takes you on a meander through the parkâ€™s history. Another, slightly longer walk, theÂ Walk for All Seasons, has bluebells in spring, flowers in summer and stunning colours in autumn. Clumber Park also has a delightful two-mile long avenue of lime trees to walk through.
TheÂ Robin Hood WayÂ is 105 miles long. It runs from Nottingham Castle to Edwinstowe, taking in the parks, forests and beauty spots of Nottinghamshire. The whole stretch might be a bit much, but pick it up at Edwinstowe and see where it takes you for a day. There are also 14 circular routes which spin off from the main route. Itâ€™s the perfect way to explore Nottinghamshire.