Sherwood Walks

Experience Sherwood one step at a time

If you always thought of Nottinghamshire as a land of coal mines, prepare for surprises.  Reclaimed and re-landscaped several decades ago, former colliery sites are now green havens for wildlife.  And at its heart is some of England’s oldest woodland.  Don your walking boots to experience Sherwood and The Dukeries – a rolling landscape once dominated by the country estates of four dukes.

Walks within Sherwood Forest

Walk in the footsteps of Robin Hood.  These walks start from Sherwood Forest Country Park, where a car park, cafe, loos, shops and information point provide handy facilities.  (Please note that a small car park charge applies at most times of year.)

  • Here’s a 5.9 mile walk around the heart of Sherwood Forest.
  • This AA walk “A Merrie Tale of Sherwood” explores the legendary haunts of Robin Hood. 5.5 miles.
  • The Independent newspaper recommended this 11 mile route as an ideal winter walk.

More Challenging Walks

  • Feeling more adventurous?  The Robin Hood Way is a fantastic long distance path starting from Nottingham Castle and taking walkers in stages to the north of Nottinghamshire.  Visit sites of history and legend, from Bestwood Country Park – once a royal deer park – to Creswell Crags – a limestone valley with caves that sheltered early man as far back as the Ice Age.

Easy Family Walks

  • Discover the Dukeries estate of Welbeck Abbey, once part of Sherwood Forest, where today a first rate art gallery, cookery school and farm shop attract many visitors.  This 2.5 mile walk from Creswell Crags to Welbeck’s Harley Gallery is just the right length for a family stroll.  (N.B.  small parking charge at Creswell Crags, free parking at Harley Gallery)
  • National Trust member?  Park free and enjoy this short walk around lovely Clumber Park.  The 1.5 mile walk is flat and ideal for families with young children.  (N.B.  entry charge applies for non Trust members)
  • Greenwood Community Forest produced this leaflet a few years back which can help you get healthier as well as get to know walks around this area.

General Info

  • A lot of our work is about the environment, and improving it for nature and people. Using this link you can find information on Natural England’s Country Walks, that shows walks, rides and areas of open access provided under the Countryside Stewardship, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Environmental Stewardship Schemes.

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