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Explore Blidworth Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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.

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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

After parking the car in Blidworth Wood on Lonsdale Lane, we noticed a mini parked on the green verge by the trestle tables seating area. There was ample space for the mini to be parked along the other cars. Also music was blaring from the car, plus they had 2 doberman dogs unleashed. The one would not leave my dog alone. I would appreciate your feedback/reply.

Sheila, 13/Jul/2014

Hi Sheila, I have passed your comment on to the local ranger and he will be in touch via email for more information. Thanks.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We took the horses around this wonderful wood on 15th June, but the tracks looked as though there had been a car rally there? the nice sandy surfaces had all been pushed to the side of the tracks and around the corners of bends. We didn't feel as though it had been left in the way they would have found the tracks, there were piles of sand next to the tracks which usually form the great surface. Hopefully something is in place to repair them?

Anonymous, 17/Jun/2014

Hi and thanks for your comment. The car rally went through on the 7th June. Road repairs will happen and the responsiblity for this lies with our civil engineering team. Repairs are due to take place in the next couple of weeks. I hope this doesnt spoil your enjoyment of this woodland.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We take our dog for a walk regularly in Blidworth Woods after being recommended by a friend and it's brilliant. I think the rangers do a great job of keeping the place clean and accessible. We've been taking her there for about 4 years now and I've got to say it's my favourite woods. Keep up the good work!

Sam Lad, 3/Jun/2014
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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.

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified