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" Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood "
Date & start time: Saturday 18th March 2017, a midday start.
Location of Start : Edwinstowe Craft Centre car park, Nottingham, Uk ( SK 624672 )
Places visited : Sherwood Forest Community Park, the Major's Oak and Forest Centre.
Walk details : 3 miles, 100 ft of ascent, 1 hours 45 mins including the exhibition.
Highest points : Visiting the Major's Oak and walking the Forest.
Walked with : Paua and Abi, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Overcast and cold with one rogue rain shower along the way.
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We're away for a few days to catch up with family in person rather than on the phone.
Paula invited us down to Tickhill near Doncaster and our time there included a local walk in Sherwood Forest.
Before we travelled back on Sunday we drove the short distance to Sheffield to meet our other 'northern' daughter
and to check out the new house she is in the process of buying.
Saturday found us in Sherwood Forest . . . Edwinstowe Village to be precise.
The spire belongs to the church where Robin Hood was believed to have married Maid Marian.
Plenty going on including this small pony trekking party who were just returning from a Sherwood Forest outing.
Paula and Abi had been here before so they knew the way round without needing trail markers.
The forest is full of paths . . . evidence of the popularity of the place with visitors.
It is late winter and the famous Sherwood Forest oak trees are still without leaves.
" Happy families "
Being an SSSI (Site of special scientific interest) there is considerable management of the area
designed to maintain and enhance the woodland and the many sections of old heathland that lie within it.
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Difficult to conceive of Robin Hood hiding in these woodlands with this sort of winter cover.
Downhill towards the centre of this part of the forest . . . chance for a run if you want.
Hold your cursor over the picture to see who runs faster.
All the paths, or at least many of them, lead to the Major Oak, regarded as the centre of the forest.
It was well known even in the late 18th Century but is now so old it needs a few discreet supports to help take the weight of its heavy boughs.
The Forest is famous for its connection to the legendary Robin Hood and so the Park Information Centre is named after him.
Chance to visit the exhibitions and for toilets and refreshments.
It also tries to explain who Robin Hood was, why he was an outlaw
and how he supposedly fought to protect the poorer villagers of the area against the tyrannies of the landed gentry.
From the centre it was just a short walk back to Edwinstowe car park at the end of our circular walk.
Good boy Harry . . . he may not have run around as much as Dylan but he had a great walk around the woodland.
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In the evenings we were fed, watered and royally entertained by Paula, Tom and Abi.
[ Who said "smile" at the camera ?]
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Compact System Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . trees to hide inside.
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