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Explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors.  There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play. 

Gruffalo orienteering pack2Gruffalo Orienteering Course

Come along and try the Gruffalo orienteering course at Sherwood Pines! Use a simple map to find 12 Gruffalo markers in the woods. Check the link for more info.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

Get fit and get points with BountsGet rewarded for exercising with Bounts

Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.

Forest Activity BagForest Activity Bags

Hire one of our bags to go on your own woodland adventure and explore the forest. Each bag includes binoculars, wildlife spotting guides, magnifying glass, games and freebies to take home.

 Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road riders.

Forest walking trails

The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book a visit.

Go Ape Forest Segway    

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book a visit.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to contact us so we can ensure you have a safe and successful event...

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat.  There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods?  Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.

 

 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

As a frequent user of the pines and in particular the red route I am coming across more and more walkers on the red route which is quite dangerous.I am speaking to more and more people who are encountering this on the other bike routes, walkers with there dogs which are not on leads, strewn across the pathways with there children running riot.

It is quite annoying when they have to reign in there children and dogs and make a loud tutting noise as you pass. It is a bike route after all.

I was talking to a cyclist on my last visit who had actually had an accident trying to avoid these people.

There should be dedicated routes for cyclists and walkers.

It is my view that a child or dog is going to get hurt one day and nobody wants that to happen.

It may be an idea to have signage to warn walkers that they are actually entering a bike route although I think common sense should prevail.

The pines are there for all to enjoy lets do it sensibly and safely.

Paul, 10/Nov/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love it here! Great outdoors day for the kids,mum and dad and the dog! Always go home tired but totally relaxed....unlike when you go to places such as wheelgate etc

Thanx so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous, 3/Nov/2016

When will the new play area be open my grand children miss it

Anonymous, 31/Oct/2016

Hi Paula Unfortunately major builds like these take time. We have invited designers to tender and are awaiting their responses, as soon as we can agree on a design that works for Sherwood Pines we can started on the build.

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Please email us at sherwood.fdo@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 7th December 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

Get directions

Contact

Central District Office

0300 067 4340
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Parking
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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