A Nottinghamshire walk that provides an easy circuit through Sherwood Forest. The route uses woodland paths and tracks, including a section of the Robin Hood Way, passing the ancient Major Oak towards the end of the walk.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)The start is the large pay and display car park (grid ref. SK626676) close to the visitor centre just off the B6034 on the north side of Edwinstowe, which lies on the A6075 between Ollerton and Mansfield. After parking follow the Greenwood Walk and then Clipstone Walk west for just over a mile to reach a broad open "avenue" running north to south (grid ref. SK606670).
(1)Turn left here and continue walking until you reach the A6075 (grid ref. SK606663). Turn right along the A6075 for about 250 metres and then right onto the Robin Hood's Way (grid ref. SK604662) following the green arrows, passing a memorial to reach a T-junction (grid ref. SK590666).
(2)Turn right staying on the Robin Hood's Way for a mile to reach a T-junction (grid ref. SK598661). Leave the Robin Hood's Way, first going left and then right. After 250 metres you reach a fork. Continue straight ahead here ignoring the right-hand path (grid ref. SK600683).
(3)After 600 metres you cross the Robin Hood's Way (grid ref. SK606685). After 200 metres take the right fork following a bridleway. After just over a kilometre you reach a junction (grid ref. SK616678). Go left here (do not fork right uphill) and keep straight ahead to the Major Oak (grid ref. SK620679) and continue back to the visitor centre and the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: car park near Edwinstowe visitor centre
1 : mi 1.32 - alt. mi 1.32 - Turn left along avenue
2 : mi 2.84 - alt. mi 2.84 - Turn right on Robin Hood's Way
3 : mi 4.04 - alt. mi 4.04 - Continue straight on at fork
D/A : mi 6.03 - alt. mi 6.03 - Finish: car park near Edwinstowe visitor centre
Sherwood Forest in the heart of Nottinghamshire is famous for its connection with the legends of Robin Hood. This walk explores some of the woodland including the ancient Major Oak using a number of easy to follow tracks and paths.
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