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June 10, 2012

Before the internal combustion engine was invented Ollerton was an important coaching stop on the Great North Road. Situated at the crossroads of the London to York, Lincoln to Mansfield and Worksop to Newark roads its coaching inns, such as the Hop Pole, made it an important village.

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Old Ollerton survives as a quiet backwater with some fine buildings surviving. These days the  crossroads have been moved away from the village centre as New Ollerton and Boughton have grown to become a small town.

Boughton Brake – local community wood – can be combined with a walk along Whitewater bridleway to see the remains of Robin Hood’s Cave.

Sherwood Heath – a SSSI nature reserve between the Worksop and Edwinstowe roads to the west of the A614 roundabout.

Ollerton Pit Wood – the former tip for the pit has been extensively planted with trees and trails created.

Ollerton has its own fishing lake, called Little John,  on Maida Lane, Ollerton, NG22 9RG  (tel01623822993  or  07715096738).


Ollerton walk 1  Leisurely – 5.2 miles (8.3km) Stroll from Old Ollerton to Edwinstowe High Street and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Ollerton walk 2 Leisurely – 4.5 miles (7.2km)   Start this highly rated walk in the attractive centre of Old Ollerton. It takes in Wellow with its famous maypole and Rufford Country Park with its abbey ruins. A very varied walk with some great views. Warning –  flight of 141 steps down and up at old railway cutting. Add extra for walking round Old Ollerton, Wellow (see the village map) and Rufford Country Park. Recommended

Five Parks walk  Challenging length  – 14 miles (22.5km). Mostly on good tracks or grass. A lot to see if you do your research first. Good spacing of tea rooms/pubs along the way. Recommended but long

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