Sherwood Forest Holidays: Parks & Forests
The wider Sherwood Forest region is made up of a collection of individual parks and forests. Many of these a located just a short distance from The Sherwood Hideaway – so you can easily experience the best the local areas has to offer. Whether you prefer relaxing woodland strolls or adrenaline-fuelled activity, you’re sure to find something for you nearby.
As you explore Sherwood Forest, there are many treats to discover. The best place to start is Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre where there is an exhibition about Nottingham’s famous outlaw, Robin Hood. Two marked trails start from here and heads past The Major Oak, an ancient tree which is thought to be 1000 years old and was said to be a hiding place for Robin.
This is the largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands with over 3,300 acres to discover. It’s a great place for outdoor activities and adventure and is home to the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and much more.
It is also a popular choice for cyclists and is a regional centre of excellence with a way-marked Family Trail, Adventure Trail and the more demanding Kitchener’s Trail. From here you can also pick up routes and links to the broader region, including Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Clumber Park. Sherwood Pines is open daily from 8am to dusk, admission is free although there is a car parking charge of £1 for the fist hour or £4 for the full day.
The amazing scenery of Clumber Park includes the world’s longest double avenue of lime trees, 20 miles of cycle routes, a peaceful serpentine lake, the chapel of St Mary the Virgin, and a Victorian exotic-flower-filled pleasure ground. One of the park’s highlights is the walled kitchen garden that produces fresh seasonal ingredients for the park’s restaurant. Open year-round 10am-4pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Rufford Abbey is set amongst 150 acres of beautiful historic parkland, woodland and gardens, just a few miles from Sherwood Forest. The 12th century ruins of a medieval monastery provide the central focus of the park, alongside a contemporary craft centre, lake, woodland walks, a sculpture trail, children’s play village and a cafe and restaurant.
Entry is free (parking charges apply). Open year-round.