GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

EdwinstoweWalks

17 miles (27.7 km)

This Nottinghamshire based village sits in a pleasant spot, on the edge of Sherwood Forest near Mansfield. The village includes an attractive High Street and a noteworthy medieval church with connections to the legend of Robin Hood.
This long circular walk from the village uses a section of the Robin Hood Way to visit Sherwood Forest Country Park, Clumber Country Park and the neighbouring town of Ollerton.
The walk starts in the village centre where you can pick up the Robin Hood Way and follow the waymarked footpath north into Sherwood Forest Country Park. This area of woodland includes a visitor centre, lots of wildlife and woodland trails suitable for cycling and walking. You'll also pass the Major Oak, an ancient tree thought to be over 1000 years old.
Follow the trail north and it will take you over the River Meden to the Gleadthorpe Breck Plantation. Here you head east to the Budby Corner Plantation before turning north to enter the splendid Clumber Park. You can follow the trails east to take you along the lovely lake to Hardwick Village. Here you cross the River Poulter, heading south towards Ollerton. This section passes Thoresby Park to the west.
From Ollerton you can follow the pavement along the A road west to return to Edinstowe.

Postcode

NG21 9QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Edwinstowe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Edwinstowe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Edwinstowe

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park - Explore 450 acres of peaceful woodland in this famous park and Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire
  • Clumber Country Park - Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle around the fabulous Clumber Park in Worksop
  • Thoresby Park - This walk visits the lovely Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire
  • Rufford Country Park - Visit Rufford Country Park near Mansfield and explore 150 acres of historic parkland
  • Southwell Trail - This traffic free cycling and walking trail links Southwell to Bilsthorpe in the Sherwood Forest area of Nottinghamshire
  • Vicar Water Country Park - Explore 200 acres of rare heathland, mature woodland and species rich grassland in this country park near Mansfield
  • Worksop - This walk follows a section of the Chesterfield Canal from Worksop to Kiveton Park
  • Creswell Crags - This walk takes you around this fascinatinglimestonegorge on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border
  • Robin Hood Way - Follow in the footsteps of this legendary figure on this super walk through Sherwood Forest and the Nottinghamshire countryside
  • Mansfield - The area surrounding the market town of Mansfield has some excellent choices for walkers
  • Sherwood Pines Forest Park - Enjoy several waymarked cycling and walking trails in this large woodland area in Mansfield

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village head to the Royal Oak for some well earned refreshments. They have an ample car park, an attractive interior with log fires and a fine menu. You can find them on the High Street at postcode NG21 9QP for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and parkland trails on the route are ideal for dog walking. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of the village you'll find Rufford Country Park. There's a pretty lake and some pleasant woodland trails here. Sherwood Pines Forest Park is also located near here and well worth a visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.

Photos

High Street, Edwinstowe - geograph.org.uk - 2501398

High Street, Edwinstowe

St Mary's Church, Church Street, Edwinstowe (3)

St Mary's Church, Church Street, Edwinstowe. Local legend has it that it was here, at the beautiful medieval church, that Robin married Maid Marian

Thoresby Colliery - geograph.org.uk - 1926927

Thoresby Colliery

The Major Oak - geograph.org.uk - 1328654

The Major Oak. This ancient tree is the major tourist attraction in the Sherwood Forest Country Park. It is reputed to be over 1,000 years old. in the first half of the 20th Century visitors could walk right up to the tree but now it is fenced off to protect the soil around the trunk from erosion and the tree itself. In the mid 18th Century the tree was known as the Cock Pen Tree as it was used as a holding site for fighting cocks which were stacked in wicker baskets and hessian sacks inside the hollow trunk before they were released for the now illegal sport of cock fighting. In 1790 a Major Hayman Rooke wrote a popular book called "Remarkable Oaks in the Park of Welbeck in the County of Nottinghamshire" in which he mentioned the tree. A short time later the tree was renamed the Major's Oak which was quickly modified to the Major Oak. Apart from a short period in the 19th Century when it acquired the additional name of the Queen Oak, it retains this name to this day.

Gleadthorpe Open, Sherwood Forest Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1330942

Gleadthorpe Open in the Sherwood Forest Country Park. The lack of flowering plants and trees on Gleadthorpe Open is due to a number of factors. The old common rights custom of 'pannage', bringing livestock into the forest to graze, meant that pigs grubbed out the root stock whilst foraging; fire was the probable cause of the tree loss and as it is low lying Gleadthorpe Open is susceptible to late frosts. Queen Oak Plantation is straight ahead. This probably originates from the 19th Century when a common name for the Major Oak was The Queen Oak.

"Temple" at Clumber Park, looking South East across the lake - geograph.org.uk - 285507

Clumber Park. "Temple", looking South East across the lake. This "temple" is one of many focal points, built in a classical style, that are found in Clumber Park. It affords a sheltered resting place for those who venture on a walk around the lake. This view is from the North West shore of the lake and also features Canada geese swimming line astern in the North Easterly direction of flow. This temple can also be seen from a smaller temple which is set back from the North West shore of the lake, near Clumber Chapel.

Ollerton - Church from Station Road - geograph.org.uk - 2369314

Ollerton

Ollerton - White Hart Hotel - geograph.org.uk - 2369301

Ollerton

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