Trains to Sherwood Forest
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The legendary Sherwood Forest is home to some of the most well-known and best-loved English folklore. The tales of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws continue to endure worldwide. While the stories might be folklore Sherwood Forest is very much a real place to visit.
Getting to Sherwood Forest
Located in the heart of the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside, the legendary Sherwood Forest is only nine miles west of the market town of Chesterfield. Chesterfield is easily reachable on a CrossCountry train to Chesterfield Station.
The journey to Chesterfield Station is served by several routes including Sheffield to Chesterfield, Nottingham to Chesterfield and Derby to Chesterfield. You can even get from Birmingham to Chesterfield in under an hour.
About Sherwood Forest
Situated halfway between Sheffield and Nottingham, sits what could be considered the most famous forest in the world. Once thought to be home to history’s greatest outlaw, Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest today is part of a thousand-acre nature reserve which surrounds the village of Edwinstowe.
Today the land is carefully protected and managed by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) along with partnerships with several other national and local bodies. Everyone involved in the preservation of the forest aims to both conserve and promote the area, and ensure this very special part of English history can be enjoyed by future generations.
Things To Do in Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest used to be the exclusive hunting ground of Kings and Queens (Robin Hood opposed this, which is partly why he became so famous). Today the land that was once the preserve of royalty can be enjoyed by people from all over the world.
The forest as it exists today might only be a fraction of the size it was in Norman times, but there is still plenty to enjoy. Sherwood Forest is an ideal place to explore on foot or by bike. There are over 60 miles of trails and paths spread among the woodland and parks of the area. The routes have been helpfully marked out, so your journey through the trees can be as relaxing or as challenging as you like.
If you prefer a more authentic mode of transportation then horse riding is an option too. There are several riding schools in the area, catering to everyone from beginners to experienced riders. The Dukeries Riding Centre even offers riding for the disabled.
Much of the historic forest has been lost over the centuries, but the diminishing woodland does have one silver lining; golf! The Sherwood Forest Trust works with several local clubs, providing advice on land restoration and management to preserve this verdant corner of England.
There’s more action nearby if you want it. From quad bikes to archery (of course), treetop adventures to assault courses, and paintball to laser tag, you can still find enough thrills of the modern world to suit any outlaw.
Why not book your journey to Sherwood Forest today and see where the legend of Robin Hood began?