The Major Oak and Sherwood Forest

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This walk starts at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, near Edwinstowe. There's plenty here to keep the kids occupied, Robin Hood being the predictable draw. For adults, there's bags of information about the local flora and fauna and the history of this very ancient piece of woodland.

Once you venture out into Sherwood Forest itself, it becomes apparent just how old the woodland is, when you see the ancient oak-trees dotted about. The king of them all is undoubtedly the 800-year-old Major Oak, our next stop along the way. Admittedly, it's being kept healthy (and producing acorns!) with plenty of help and TLC from the local Foresters, but when you consider it looked after itself quite successfully for all but the last twenty years or so, it's clear that this is a remarkable tree.

Onwards through the woods and you may be fortunate enough to spot English Longhorn Cattle grazing in a specially set-up enclosure. If not, don't despair, there's plenty of wildlife to see here. A burgeoning grey squirrel population is the most apparent, but a fox ambled across the track right in front of me and there are also reputed to be various species of deer.

Dog owners: there are no stiles at all on the route, but in the interests of wildlife please control your dog in Sherwood Forest.

For a longer version of this walk, see Walk 4292.

England - Central England - Nottinghamshire - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Play Area, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
2/21/2016 - phil djokic

A nice afternoon walk our little staffie loves being in the woods,for our after walk pint and pub grub we visited the Dukeries Lodge in Edwinstowe,lovely food and very reasonably priced too,a short drive from Sherwood forest .

12/30/2014 - Valerie Monaghan

We did this walk on a pleasant Christmas Eve (2014). The route was easy to follow (see Note re Point 6) and the paths were well-made (a nice change from thick mud). Overall, an enjoyable, non-strenuous walk. Note: Point 6 appeared to be a place where the path reached a fork, rather than a junction. Take the left hand, major path. (We reached the junction at Point 7, thinking we were at Point 6!)

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