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(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. The menu is available to view in the right hand menu.  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?

Hi there are cyclists welcome here if so can you confirm how many miles the trails are.

Kibd Regards

Claire Griffin, 23/Sep/2017

Whilst there are no specific cycling trails in Blidworth Woods, cyclists are welcome there however as these are popular woods for dog walkers and horse riders and we ask all visitors to be considerate to others. We would ask, however, that they do not cycle on the Equine Trail or Blue and White walking trails but keep to the forest roads of which there are 6 kilometres.

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History of these woods please

Janey, 11/Jul/2017

Hi Janey, your comment is a bit broad but we bought the wood in 1973 from the 1st Baron Sherwood. The site was already forested at the time.

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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

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Last updated: 7th November 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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