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Budby, Hazel Gap and Thynghowe

September 14, 2012


Budby is worth visiting because of the large area of heathland to the southwest of the village called Budby Forest South. This area escaped the conifer plantations because it was used as a tank training area. Fortunately the compressed soil left in the tank tracks is ideal for heather.

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Budby was rebuilt as a Thoresby estate village for its agricultural workers. The River Meden flows at the side of the main road as it twists its way through the village and there is an important area of willow carr (wet woodland) on the side of the river.

Budby’s original 1866  Victoria post boxes is a rare survivor with only 20 examples remaining.

Budby Castle , with a quirky history, is the village’s most interesting building, but unfortunately is not open to the public.

Nottinghamshire history carries a 1908 article about  Budby.

Budby Forest South

To the southwest of Budby at the top of Hanger Hill is the Thynghowe site. This is may have been a Viking moot(meeting point). This area of Sherwood Forest has also yielding intriguing evidence of Iron Age activity.

The  Dukeries Centre sells antiques and has a licensed tea room with homemade food as well as an art school and artists supplies, Open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm (Sunday 4pm).

Hazel Gap

Hazel Gap is a very important junction on the National Cycle Route through Sherwood Forest.  Bridleways and footpaths converge here from Sherwood Pines and Edwinstowe, from Warsop, from Norton and Cuckney and from Clumber, Thorsesby.

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