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Explore Blidworth Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

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.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Walked the woods for the first time in ages today. Disappointed to see there were no way marker posts anywhere and the track way in from the blidworth bottoms car park was littered with dog muck! Shame to see this lovely spot going to ruin.

Anonymous, 1/Oct/2015

Thank you for your feedback on your visit to Blidworth Woods. This facility is checked on a regular basis by our Recreation staff and any issues are highlighted to be included in our ongoing district repair and maintenance programme. We are scheduled to undertake work on the blue trail at Blidworth to replace waymarkers which have been damaged and removed. To control the litter on site we do have a contractor who litter picks around the car parks, however we do have to rely on visitors to treat the forest appropriately, including dog owners acting responsibly.

Forestry Commission Response

I have found where to purchase the discovery pass but can't see where I get the key from to access the horse corral.

Carl, 1/Oct/2015

Hi Carl you can request a key in writing and send it to the Central District Office marked for the attention of the South Beat team.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

I walked the blue route this weekend and whether the posts with the blue markings have been removed, stolen or are just not there but at two specific crossroads I wasn't sure which way to turn as there was no post

Mat, 28/Sep/2015

Hi Mat, we know there are some missing as this has been picked up on facility imspections. The replacements have been ordered and they will be replaced shortly. Hopefully this will solve the problem and you can continue to enjoy walking the trails in Blidworth woods.

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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


Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: SK591528

Get directions


Opening & Parking

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

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified