Make sure you go into the garden at Clumber park if you have any chance at all and eespecially if you are a National Trust member and so are automatically granted access – it’s one of the most cunning gardens I’ve seen in the UK. They don’thavee to treat for slugs, the soil doesn’t tolerate them – what a dream for me in an area witb approximately 1 million slugs to the acre…
Quite close by is Clumber Park which we prefer for walking. It is a large area of parkland which belonged to a large stately home which was pulled down after the war. All that is left is the Library which is now the tea room, a few outbuildings, restored walled garden and the estate church. The houses for the estate workers are still scattered around the grounds.
It is now owned by the National Trust. There is a lovely circular walk round the lake which has very tame swans which will hand feed, ducks, geese, coots etc. There is an orienteering course, bikes for hire and an excellent adventure playground for the children. On a Sunday afternoon there is cricket match. The car park is always busy but once away from the walk around the lake you can have to woods to yourselves.
Mention Sherwood Forest and it instantly conjures up an image of men clad in green tights stealing money from the rich and giving to the poor.
The public’s fascination with the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men seems endless; the 2010 Russell Crowe film is testament to that. There have been films or television series made about Robin Hood in every decade since the 1900s and yet, it seems we still can’t get enough.
It’s not surprising considering the legend’s unusual setting. The idea of a band of ‘good’ outlaws living and evading capture in a forest is a classic back to basics story.
Sherwood Forest is a Royal Forest in Nottinghamshire, surrounding Edwinstowe village, the site of Thoresby Hall. The forest that we know today is only a remnant of the once proud 10,000 acre forest. It now stands at 450 acres, made up of the ancient forests of Birklands and Budby.
And don’t forget to visit the famous Major Oak which, local folklore has it, was Robin Hood’s main hideout. The tree is believed to be between 800 and 1,000 years old and its branches are now supported by an elaborate scaffolding structure. The impressive tree is just a 10 minute walk from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.
And if you are very lucky, you might just see Sherwood’s last remaining herd of wild deer roaming the open heath.