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Sherwood Forest 8 miles walk
With your back to the Art and Craft Centre turn left and follow the track to the amusement park. Turn left in front of it then right along one edge and pick up a well defined bridleway which follows the forest edge for about 400m where five tracks meet. Follow the bridleway signed for Gleadthorpe for 50m.
- 2 Left through the barrier on to another bridleway which hugs the forest edge. Continue ahead for about 1 mile (1.5km) - the massed ranks of conifers of Sherwood Pines and the twin headstocks of former Clipstone Colliery can be seen on your left.
- 3 At the end of the bridleway go through a line of trees and turn left onto National Cycle Route 6 along a broad ride. Follow route to where it runs alongside A6075 and leave where it crosses.
- 4 Pick up path ahead with Robin Hood Way direction marker.
- 5 After 500m, at another marker, turn left onto a path which continues along the forest edge. 600m on, a cross and pile of stones on the left mark the site of the Chantry chapel and hermitage dedicated to king Edwin of Nothumbria.
- 6 Soon after a track is crossed and 100m on the path turns right where after 400m it meets a broad forestry track. Go ahead for about 1 mile (1.3km) where track turns right for 30m to a junction of tracks.
- 7 Turn left at waymark on surfaced track denoted as Hanger Hill Drive, descending gently for about 1 mile (1.2km).
- 8 Ar crossroads of tracks turn right and go uphill. The path veers right then straight ahead to a barrier. Keep ahead leaving forest, cross cycle route and follow bridleway.
- 9 After about 1 mile (1.3km) a junction of tracks is met a Ladysmith Plantation. Take first gate on right and follow the footpath across heathland of Budby South Forest.
- 10 After 900m continue ahead passing through a conifer plantation which is soon left to meet a track. Cross and 30m on take the left fork of dividing path to join bridleway turning left along it.
- 11 This is now the heart of the original forest known as Birklands and part of the National Nature Reserve. Continue for 800m to a five way junction.
Take second path on left to reach the Major Oak.
- 13 Continue on past tree for 700m to reach Sherwood Forest Country Park visitor centre.
- 14 Continue on past tree to reach visitor centre.
- 15 Continue on past tree to reach visitor centre.
- 16 Leave the visitor centre through the car park
- 17 Pass picnic and play area road descends past cricket pitch
- 18 Return to starting point at Art and Craft Centre
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From: Thursday, 1st January 2015
To: Sunday, 31st December 2017