One of my favourite places to visit is Sherwood Forest. Where the legend, who was Robin Hood, supposedly lived. For those who don’t know, Robin Hood is best known for “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” and became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period. Even today, the major oak tree, which is associated with Robin Hood, is still standing and attracts many tourists to Nottinghamshire.
From being a child I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, especially when it comes to bike riding, which I love. This is one of the reasons I think Sherwood Forest is great. It is a great place for a family day out, with parking costing just £3 for the day, a gift shop on site, for the younger members of the family to get souvenirs such as a Robin Hood bow and arrow.
Also, for people with dogs, it is a dog friendly place (as long as your dog is friendly), there are many different walks to take, so you’ll always be giving your dog a long walk. Furthermore, almost every path you chose to walk will lead to the major oak tree, which is now thousands of years old and held up by scaffolding.
However, if you enjoy more adventurous days out, Sherwood Forest Pines, is a ten minute drive further, where you can mountain bike and is also home to Go Ape! And it only costs £1 to park for the day.
If you are into mountain biking, I would recommend Sherwood Forest Pines, as they have tracks labelled for you to do. For example, blue is the easier route, and red being the most difficult route. However, not being excellent at mountain biking, I would even say that the blue route is a challenge, but It is a great place to explore, either on your own or with friends.
Go Ape is also a great way to spend your day. I believe you have to be a certain height to take part, however I did Go Ape at about 11 years old, when I was probably about 4 foot something. This isn’t for the faint hearted and especially not for those afraid of heights. The staff show you how to use your harness before going around the course and are really helpful.
Afterwards there is even a Café onsite, although I think after a long day out it is nice to have a picnic, if the weather agrees with you.
So, I would highly recommend an outdoors day in Nottinghamshire, as it is full of nature and has many activities to do.
Hope you enjoy!