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Explore Shirebrook Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

This picturesque woodland is rapidly developing into one of the most attractive wildlife sites in the region.

With its mixture of mature broadleaf woodland, newly planted trees, large open meadows and a scenic wetland valley its a great place to explore.

What do other visitors say?

I have only recently come across this wood. Its a lovely walk and is a good distance if you do the full circuit. I was wondering if there are any plans for a cafe and toilets on the site.

Alice, 19/Oct/2015

Hi Alice, there are no plans for any further development of the site. I am glad you had a good walk round and I hope you continue to do so.

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It's amazing how the industrial landscape of the past has been transformed into a beautiful young woodland with a diverse mix of habitats. I would love to see the place in another 20 years

Tom, 5/Jul/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

This was once a great place for a circular horse ride, but unfortunately someone has decided to lock off a gate near the arches at Sookholme so you are forced up a rocky hill at the lower end with a not so scenic view of the rear of sports Direct.

The car parking has access into this area, but has a height barrier. Even if you gained access you would be ring fenced and unable to ride anywhere. There is no allocated parking for horse boxes which could be VERY easily accommodated off Sookholme Lane. It is a shame that in comparison with other local sites Shirebrook is not as accommodating for horse riders. Would someone please see sense and reinstate full access to horse riders to keep us off the treacherous roads?

The majority of local riders fathers and grandfathers worked at Shirebrook colliery,and it would be lovely for everyone to share this beautiful spot and enjoy its transformation since 1984.

Ellen, 2/Jan/2015

Hi Ellen, I have passed your comment onto the site ranger who will be in contact via email shortly.

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Last updated: 25th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Cycling is allowed throughout the wood.
  • Fishing
  • A fishing club operate on some of the ponds. Please contact them for details.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is permitted on site.
  • Information
  • An information panel is next to the car pak.
  • Orienteering
  • Please see the local orienteering club for more information.
  • Parking
  • The car park is off the B6047 close to Sookhome village.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are located near the car pakr.
  • Walking
  • The extensive network of forest roads and paths offer a good variety of walking routes.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK544668

Get directions


Sherwood Forest Community Rangers
0300 067 5443

Opening & Parking

The car park is off the B6047 close to Sookhome village.

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