GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Robin Hood Way

107 miles (172 km)

Follow in the footsteps of this legendary figure on this super walk through Sherwood Forest and the Nottinghamshire countryside. On the route:

  • Nottingham Castle and the Robin Hood statue at route start
  • Wollaton Park - located near Nottingham at the start of the route this attraction includes a deer park and Elizabethan mansion
  • A waterside section along the Nottingham Canal near Trowell
  • Leen Valley Country Park - the path passes through this pretty country park located on the River Leen at Bestwood.
  • Newstead Abbey - with splendid lakes, gardens and the Augustian priory of Newstead Abbey, this is a major walk highlight. It is also the ancestral home of Lord Byron.
  • Burntstump Country Park with peaceful woodland walking trails.
  • The fascinating limestone gorge and caves at Cresswell Crags
  • Welbeck Estate - Next to Cresswell Crags you will find the estate of Welbeck Abbey. The route passes between the estate's two pretty lakes and passes the deer park with its resident white deer.
  • Bestwood Country Park with 650 acres of parkland and lakes
  • The white deer and Great Lake as you pass through Welbeck Park near Norton
  • The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park - reputed to be Robin Hood's shelter where he and his merry men slept.

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Pubs/Cafes

In In Nottingham we recommend you visit the unique Canalhouse pub in the city centre. Itis famous for having a canal that extends into the grade II listed building, complete with resident narrow boats.There's also a large covered beer garden situated by the canal side which enables people to sit outside no matter the weather. You can find it at 48-52 Canal Street, NG1 7EH
Also of interest is the Fellows, Morton & Clayton housed in the former canal museum. The 19th century pub has nice outdoor seating next to the canal. It's also on Canal Street near to the Canalhouse pub.
In Papplewick there's the Griffin's Head to consider. The pub dates back over 300 years and includes wooden ceilings, exposed beams, a well and three open fires. They serve good quality food and have a spacious outdoor area for warmer days. You can find them on Moor Road at postcode NG15 8EN. The worthy village is also a conservation area with an ancient church, 18th century cottages and the Grade I listed Papplewick Hall to see.
In Edwinstowe there's the Royal Oak. 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. The historic Rufford Abbey Country Park is located near here and well worth exploring.

Photos

The Robin Hood Way, Sherwood Forest - geograph.org.uk - 1330744

The Robin Hood Way in Sherwood Forest. This Long Distance Footpath is considered "challenging" in some parts but here in Sherwood Forest Country Park it is a pleasant walk through a beautiful forest.

Robin Hood Way, Catstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 660512

Catstone Hill. This Long Distance Footpath of 168km/105 miles links Nottingham Castle to Edwinstowe wandering through Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries. Here the route passes Catstone Hill, just east of Bilborough.

Robin Hood Way - geograph.org.uk - 1480221

Looking south-east along the avenue in Welbeck Park.

Robin Hood Way - geograph.org.uk - 852242

Looking west towards Cundy Hill, just west of Southwell.

On the Robin Hood Way - geograph.org.uk - 622402

View from the Robin Hood Way between Stapleford Hill and Trowell looking back to Stapleford Hill.

Footpath signpost on Robin Hood Way - geograph.org.uk - 439195

Footpath signpost on the trail. There is a tiny stream that passes beneath a small bridge here.

Swingate Farm from the Robin Hood Way - geograph.org.uk - 617028

Swingate Farm. The fields surrounding this farm have largely been divided into paddocks for grazing horses. It is not clear whether the establishment is a breeding farm or simply acts as a livery facility for horseowners.

Robin Hood Way at Strelley - geograph.org.uk - 604270

This farm track is part of the bridleway link between Strelley and Kimberley

Video

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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