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Sherwood Forest Country Park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubNottinghamshire Orienteering Club
Nearest townMansfield
PostcodeNG21 9HN
Carpark locationThe car park for the Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham.

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The legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood, this 450-acre country park is now part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and home to a fascinating ecosystem. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak.

Please note that the old visitor centre is now out of bounds, the course start and posts are accessible.

Admission to the park is free - car parking charges apply.

Dogs welcome

Winter opening hours (weather permitting):

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Weekends: 10 am to 4.30 pm

Getting there

Bus: Most bus routes stop on High Street in Edwinstowe, which is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the Visitor Centre and park.

Car: Details below

Train: The nearest stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles).  Both are served by the Robin Hood line, operated by East Midlands Trains.

Other Things to do in the Area

On a trip to Sherwood Forest look for birds including nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers and redstarts and marvel in the shadow of the historic Major Oak. You can browse the Visitor Centre shops or relax with a coffee in the Forest Table Restaurant.

Please note that the old visitor centre is now closed and the new RSPB Visitor Centre open.

Maps Available From

Visitor Centre shop. Groups should pre-book with the ranger on Tel 01623 823202 or email.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience