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Cycling & bike hire at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Cycling from your cabin

Family trails in Sherwood Pines

Hire your bikes from Sherwood Pines Cycles at the Visitor Centre, a short walk through the forest from your cabin and take the easy, Green graded Family Cycle Route. It’s a pleasant three-mile loop with picnic benches if it all gets a bit too much for the little ones.  Take the pace up a little with the Blue Adventure Cycle Trail. This family-friendly trail rewards you with a leisurely morning or afternoon in the forest, enjoying fresh air, nature, exercise and family time.

Waterside Cycling

Beside canals, rivers and lakes

There are some lovely waterside routes to cycle around Sherwood Forest. Vicar Water Country Park is a good place to start. This 80-hectare park has many waymarked trails and the added attraction of a visitor centre and café.  Over at Clumber Park, a five-mile trail at takes you round the serpentine lake in this beautiful landscaped parkland. Finally, pick up the 40-mile stretch of the National Cycle Network Route 6 from Nottingham to Worksop, starting with a cycle through Mill Lakes Country Park and finishing with a pleasing  stretch beside the Chesterfield canal.

Sherwood Forest area

Routes for everyone

The whole area around Sherwood Forest is great for cycling, with off-road trails and quieter country roads. For a short route, take Kings Clipstone Route 2 from the Sherwood Forest Visitors website. This leisurely five-and-a-half mile cycle takes in forest and waterside cycling. For a longer cycle ride, try the Ancient Sherwood route, which goes through Clumber Park and, at 20 miles, is ideal for a family afternoon out with a picnic.

Advanced cycling and mountain biking

Thrilling trails in Sherwood Pines

Sherwood Pines has 45 miles of off-road trails with varying levels of technical challenge.  Start with some practice to improve your skills on the Red Skills Loop. Now you should be ready for the Red graded Kitchener Trail, which weaves an eight-mile single-track route through the forest. Finally, the Bike Park, with the Dirt Jump Zone and the Downhill Zone, offers some exhilarating challenges for all mountain bikers, from beginners to experts.

Longer cycle routes

Explore the area

Sherwood Forest is on the Derby to Sheffield section of the National Cycle Network (sustrans), route 6, which forms part of the 154-mile Derby to York cycle route. Pick it up for as many miles as you can manage through this green, forested section of the route. For a picturesque cycle that takes in some pretty villages try ‘Almost No Hills’, a 25-mile circular route, that, as the name suggests, is relatively flat for easy cycling.