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Explore Blidworth Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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 (by permit only) 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 permit when using this woodland.

What do other visitors say?

Could you tell me why as horse riders we have to buy a discovery pass but not as walkers or dog walkers please? Thank you

Horse rider, 5/Nov/2016

Thank you for your query regarding the charge for a horse riding discovery pass. The revenue from this discovery pass goes back into improving our equestrian facilities and services provided and also covers riding in several woodlands as follows: Blidworth Wood – this includes a horse trail and lockable parking area (this is under repair at present) Haywood Oaks Sherwood Pines Forest Park - Parking is available in the outer main car parks where it is easier to unload and mount up, however if these are closed during quieter times please use a corner of the main car park. Maps and advice on riding can be obtained by contacting the forest park team on request. Farley Moor, Bottom Moor (both Matlock Moor) Wharncliffe Woods at Grenoside

Forestry Commission Response

We went round the blue trail and it is very badly signposted on straight bits there are plenty but at crossrounds you can not find any. We left the main car park and managed to get to the smaller one with luck more than anything. Going back to the main car park was a nightmare as we couldn't find any blue poles and spent about an hour looking for the marked trail.It is a lovely place but very frustating. I hope some more markers will be in place the next time we go.

Denise & Brian, 26/Aug/2016

Hi Denise and Brian, so sorry you had a hard time finding your way around. We do check the facilities regularyla nd we do know there are lots of waymarkers missing on the blue trail. It's on the list to do the Autumn so hopefully that will make things much better for our visitors.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I love walking this wood with our dog, we must go at least 4 times a week between myself and my wife. my only complaint would be that the Blue path does not seem to be managed. It would be great for the nettles, brambles and overgrown foliage to be cut back in the summer so that all parts of the path are kept in good condition. I often find new walkers completely lost in the summer months as the Blue markers are buried in the undergrowth.

Richard, 15/Aug/2016

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 during the autumn which includes the replacement of waymarkers which have been damaged and removed.

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Last updated: 29th March 2017

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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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