Sherwood forest is associated with the famous Robin Hood legend, using the Major oak as his hiding place from the sheriff of Nottingham whom lived in the castle. Legend has it that he married Maid Marian in St Mary’s Church.
The village is surrounded by the forest a 450 acre site and once the royal hunting forest with 900 veteran oak trees and many birch. Thoresby Colliery serves as Edwinstowe’s main source of employment but tourism is also a major influence on the local economy.
Take the A1 north then the A57 towards Worksop at the roundabout take the 1st exit, A614 turn right into Clumber park. Park in the main car park opposite the lake and chapel view.
An expanse of heath and woodlands with designed landscapes and a magnificent lake full of wild life, the park is set in 3800 acres with the lake covering 87 acres. Stroll around on foot or hire a bike to see the beauty of the countryside and travel the 2 mile long double avenue of lime trees, Europes longest with 1300 limes. Points of interest are the pleasure grounds, with the walled kitchen garden giving a taste of the past with its beautiful plants. Take a look at the willow farm exhibition of Victorian tools and equipment or the chapel with its 180 foot spire. Better still just sit at the side of lake, a haven for wild life, with the view of the Clumber Chapel set in a picturesque back ground or watch the world go by.
Continue on towards Edwinstowe turn right then left B6034 at roundabout 1st exit A616 then right B6034into Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre and park.
Cross the bridge enter the centre via the medieval courtyard, browse the exhibitions, shop try the café, nice cuppa. Back outside travel the walks and trails in the forest and the large area of dry lowland heath spotting the several minor streams flowing into the river Idle, a special nature reserve with marked trails.
The Blue trail takes a circular path round the Major oak aged 800 to 1000 years old Robins left takes a 45 minute walk. The Green trail skirts around the Longhorn castle takes a 1hour walk. The Red trail leads around the whole forest takes about 2 hours could give this one a miss.