This is the legendary home of Robin Hood. Unfortunately, i did not meet him during our walk yesterday. I did see his statue though.
Getting there only took us 50 minutes. There are ample parking spaces for everyone. Be prepared to bring coins with you as you need to pay £3 for parking. Keep the ticket with you just in case you decide to eat in the restaurant, The Forest Table. The parking fee can be refunded to you if you spend £15 or more.
The visitor centre is right next to the car park. They have shops where you can buy souvenirs and food.
Sherwood Forest have three colour coded walks that start from the visitor centre. We took the shortest (blue) route first, just about a mile – which took us directly to the Major Oak. This oak tree is one of main attractions in the forest. It is estimated to be between 800 to 1000 years old, making it one of the oldest oaks in the UK. This path is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
According to the folklore, the Major Oak is where Robin Hood and his merry men slept. A friend of ours told us that they used to go around the tree and tried to get into the gap where Robin Hood would have hidden. The tree is fenced off so we cannot even touch it.
After seeing the Major Oak, we followed the red route, which is the longest – about 3 miles. This took us past the heathland and through the oak plantation. According to the leaflet we took from the visitor centre, we would see the stag headed and sculptural old trees. Unfortunately, i couldn’t tell which ones they are. i intended on googling them as we walked but i didn’t have any network signal.
This was not i have planned for my weekend walk but it is a very pleasant place to spend your day alone, with a partner or family and friends. I noticed there are very few walking on the red route. We walked for nearly a mile before we met other walkers. Dogs are allowed but in some areas, you need to put them on lead.
We ended our walk looking into the exhibition centre. It is more for younger visitors but it was fun to go around and learn about the famous outlaw again.