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Sherwood Forest Country Park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubNottinghamshire Orienteering Club
Nearest townMansfield
PostcodeNG21 9RN
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.

The Permanent Orienteering Course has controls throughout the Country Park and a range of courses are suggested from Short - about 40 minutes, to Long/Difficult - about 2 hours.

The course Start is shown on the map with a purple triangle and can be used as the finish. Map updated 2021.

Admission to the country park is free - car parking charges apply to non-RSPB members.

Dogs Accepted under control. Guide dogs permitted.

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

A new visitor centre opened in 2018, managed by the RSPB and their partners on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Web site: www.visitsherwood.co.uk

Opening Times

Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre 

Daily from 10 am - 5 pm March to October. 10 am-4 pm November to February. Closed Christmas Day. The forest is freely accessible all year round.

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. On-site café/restaurant – refreshments available. Picnic Site. Toilets for disabled visitors

Further Information

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