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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

Latest News (19/01/2015 14:48)

Thinning operations are now live in Blidworth Wood until April 2015.

Please obey all signage and bear with us when trails are closed or diverted.  They will be opened as soon as possible. The car park on Longdale Lane will be closed at some point and notice will be given when we know more.

Blidworth Woods are located near the southern section of Sherwood Forest and consists of pine woods and open heath.


The undulating topography provides a good terrain for walking and horse riding. Two car parks serve the wood.

Longdale Lane is a large car park and has surfaced waymarked trails and a refreshment cabin. An information panel shows a map of the wood to help you explore the wider forest.

Blidworth Bottoms car park is a small car park.  There is a horse corral (for permit holders), an information panel and refreshment cabin at busy periods.

This wood is used extensively by horse riders on the Horse Trail throughout the year so please keep your dog under control at all times.

Walking Trails

Wander round the White Trail or explore further on the Blue Trail.  If you have a dog check out the Dog Loop straight off the car park.

Horse Trail

A 9km horse riding trail around the woods.  Be aware you need a Discovery Pass when using this woodland.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Just had a wonderful Frosty stroll in the woods with my 3 year old son. Lovely place, great pathways, not as crowded as some of the other wooded areas nearby. Thanks for your work in providing such spaces for the enjoyment of us all.

Perry, 4/Jan/2015

Please improve directions on your web site. No clear post code for each entrance at all! I am surprised anyone finds you.

Sarah, 11/Oct/2014

I have added postcodes for the two car parks to the direction information which you find by clicking the two trees logo on the map. I hope this helps people locate the woods.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

It was our first time at Blidworth Woods with my 21 month old daughter and, although the woods themselves are beautiful, I was left appalled by the number of irresponsible dog owners allowing their dogs to foul on the paths and not pick it up. There was also a number of small bags around the woods with obvious dog faeces in them, so some dog owners go to the effort of picking it up but then leave it, to the detriment of the natural surroundings and potentially deadly to the wildlife.

What should have been a relaxing stroll, was actually an obstacle course trying to avoid stepping in piles of dog faeces. Worst of all, is that most of the faeces is concentrated around the refreshment van.

I would love to return to take my daughter for a lovely walk in the woods but I believe it to be potentially hazardous to her health if she were to walk or fall in a pile of dog faeces.

I would say, that it is a shame a few dog owners spoil the reputation of many, however, the sheer volume of dog faeces in this area would suggest that it is actually the norm.

Rachel, 5/Oct/2014

The Forestry Commission woodlands are open for all to enjoy and although we go to great lengths to welcome dogs and their owners, we agree this shouldn't be at the detriment to other forest users. We have also looked into the provision of dog waste bins at our sites, but due to the size of our landholding and the numbers of users this is not an economically viable use of taxpayers money. It has also been our experience on other sites where bins have been provided, that the issue has not reduced, and it has also resulted in other anti social activities such as the bins being set alight. Therefore to control the litter we have a contractor to collect this in the vicinity of the car parks on a weekly basis, but we do have to rely on visitors to treat the forest appropriately, including dog owners acting responsibly. The Forestry Commission does try to encourage responsible dog ownership on our sites through the medium of signage, working with the Kennel Club to promote this within the rural environment, by requesting the owners to either 'bag it and bin it at home', or disposing of the debris well off the path. However we recognise that there is still work to be done to further encourage responsible dog ownership. There are initiatives currently in development within the Forestry Commission which will be rolled out with the sole aim of addressing issues such as those raised and all activity will be closely monitored to assess whether they are effective.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Refreshments cabins in both car parks.
  • Cycling
  • Cyclists are welcome but look out for horses.
  • Dogs
  • Dog Loop is provided at Longdale Lane car park. Please be a responsible dog owner.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed with a Discovery Pass. Horse Corral available for Discovery Pass holders. A designated trail runs from Blidworth Bottoms.
  • Information
  • There are information panels in both car parks.
  • Orienteering
  • Local orienteering club have a map of the wood.
  • Parking
  • Is available at Longdale Lane and Blidworth Bottoms.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are available at Longdale Lane.
  • Walking
  • It is very popular for walking and includes 3 walking trails.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK591528

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Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
All the time!
Is available at Longdale Lane and Blidworth Bottoms.

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