A visit to Robin Hood's
Sherwood Forest is an experience. Robin Hood was outlawed for
his deeds and beliefs in a time when the rich grew richer and
the poor poorer (sounds familiar!!). He and his merry men spent
their time living off the land in the forests and scrublands in
the UK, avoiding capture and occasionally robbing from the rich
to give to the poor. The stories of the legend have been passed
down from generation to generation, embellished and questioned.
There are books written that make him out as a short Welshman
others that question his existence at all, but the stories tally
so well with findings of caves in Nottingham Castle and the
other major landmarks, that there can never really be any doubt
- and whilst some say he was in other parts of the Country, he
spent most of his time in the Forests of Nottinghamshire.
He did however travel to avoid capture, his appearance in other parts
of the country probably well publicised to the authorities to aid his
cause, but only after he'd moved on. Yorkshire was an area that he used
because of easy access using the higher level Pennine tracks away from
the thoroughfare with reports of him visiting as far as Robin Hoods Bay
near Whitby, but most of the landmarks are in Nottinghamshire.
A Visitor Centre stands near to the Great Oak, a tree that was
reputedly used by Robin as a hiding place. It is indeed a massive tree,
impressive in itself, and easy to see how Robin and his men could have
hidden away in it or any of the other gnarled trunks of ancient Oaks
that stand in close proximity. Do not believe those that say it would
only have been an acorn in Robin Hood's day since nobody actually knows
when Robin lived or how old the tree is, so just imagine an encampment
at its base with a lookout on a stump nearby.
The Visitor Centre is
fascinating with a permanent display, a chance to try out the
stocks and a tea room, but for the best experience just walk
around the woods at dawn as the light filters through the Oak
trees and the forest comes alive - live the film.
Nottingham Castle is the number 2
Robin Hood visitor attraction and can be coupled with a trip to
the Robin Hood Experience in Nottingham. The Castle is a well
maintained traditional Motte & Bailey with many stories
connecting it with Robin and the infamous Sherriff of
Nottingham Castle is the number 2 Robin Hood visitor attraction and
can be coupled with a trip to the Robin Hood Experience in Nottingham.
The Castle is a well maintained traditional Motte & Bailey with many
stories connecting it with Robin and the infamous Sherriff of
The Church in Edwinstowe is connected in that this is where Robin
Hood married Maid Marrion, there are also other stories of the times he
visited the village and church which was close to his main camping area.