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Kings Clipstone

June 10, 2012

Many places claim to be the heart of Sherwood Forest, but Kings Clipstone has a stronger claim than most. In medieval times the village was the site of Sherwood Forest’s Royal Palace.

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This was a large complex of buildings properly called the King’s Houses, but known as King John’s Palace since the 16th century. It was used by all the Plantagenet Kings over 200 period.  Alas only  parts of the Great Hall walls survive. In 2011 Time Team made it their first visit to Nottinghamshire and were able to show that the site covered a large area. The village is also surrounded by a wealth of important historical sites. If you want to discover the history of the ‘Royal Heart of Ancient Sherwood’ then consult the very  informative

Kings Clipstone Village website


Kings Clipstone  Robin Hood walk 1 Leisurely – 7 miles (11.2km)

Kings Clipstone  Robin Hood walk 2 Moderate – 8 miles (12.8km)

Kings Clipstone  Robin Hood walk 3 Moderate – 9.5 miles(15.1) or combine with RH2 – 7miles (11.2km) – the only walk guide going past the Parliament Oak, Sherwood Forest’s oldest tree.

Kings Clipstone walk 1 Parliament Oak Leisurely 3.2 miles (5.2km) A walk from the Parliament Oak on Peasfield Lane (A6075) along the ridge through the woods to the Maun Valley Trail (line of the Flood Dyke irrigation channel) and back along Newbuildings Drive. New highly recommended

Kings Clipstone walk 2 Leisurely – 5.5 miles (8.8km)  A walk through Kings Clipstone to the  River Maun, and the fishing lakes, remains of the Flood Dyke irrigation system, the Spa Ponds and back along the straight mile of Clipstone Drive.

Kings Clipstone walk 3 Leisurely – 7 miles (11.2km)  Starting at Vicar Water Country Park across to the Maun Valley, then to Kings Clipstone returning along the Vicar Water Valley. Recommended

Kings Clipstone walk 4 Leisurely – 6 miles (8.4km)   A fairly flat walk starting from Vicar Water Country Park across to Clipstone Drive, then along Squires Lane to Kings Clipstone before returning up Bog Lane. Avoids the hills in walk 3

Kings Clipstone walk 5 Leisurely –  5 miles (8km)  Starts at Archway Road, to Edwinstowe past Archway House and some of the old oaks of Birklands and returning to the village down Broad Ride and Archway Road. Recommended

Kings Clipstone walk 6 Leisurely – 7 miles (11.2km)   Starts at Vicar Water Country Park. Then follows by an attractive route through Sherwood Pines. The route uses the wide verge on the B6030 to get to Kings Clipstone and finally returns up the Vicar Water valley.  Recommended

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