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Sherwood Pines

June 10, 2012

Covering 3300 acres Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a great venue for many activities.

The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off-road riders. The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest. There are also many other tracks and trails to be explored.

Walkers can find peaceful walks amongst the trees, walk to the far south of the park and you are unlikely to met anyone on the quiet forest tracks.

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There are several play areas to entertain the kids of all ages and the ‘Forest Lawns’ for running around and playing games.  The visitor area has a cafe, toilets, Sherwood Pines cycle hire. You can also Go Ape! and have some fun in the forest at the UK’s No.1 Tree Top Adventure.

Now with a bridleway links to Rufford Abbey Country Park, Sherwood Forest Country Park and Vicar Water Country Park you can make a day of it by cycling round all four.

For a break based on Sherwood Pines try the new Sherwood Forest Cabins  in the park or  Center Parcs on its eastern boundary.

Don’t get lost! It would be worth printing of a copy of the Sherwood Pines basic map showing the forest tracks .

Walks

Sherwood Pines walk 1  Leisurely walk –  3.3 miles (5.3km)   Varied walk through the historic parts of the forest such as the Long Stoop (hill to climb). Try and find Robin Hood’s Whetstone (whetstones are used for sharpening blades).

 Sherwood Pines walk 2   Leisurely – 4 miles (6.4km) Takes you to some of the very quiet parts of the Forest. Some ups and downs – one going, two back.

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.

Five Parks walk  Moderate – 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.

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