Sherwood Forest: Here are some things you probably never knew about Robin Hood's legendary home

Here are some fun facts you probably never knew about Sherwood Forest Here are some fun facts you probably never knew about Sherwood Forest
Here are some fun facts you probably never knew about Sherwood Forest
Did you know Sherwood Forest was formerly a royal hunting ground?

Sherwood Forest is, arguably, one of the most famous woodlands in Britain.

Renowned for its connections to the people's hero Robin Hood, the woodland attracts around 350,000 visitors every year.

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Today, it is home to Center Parcs and many other places to stay, enabling you to enjoy this ancient for all its glory and history.

So, forget 100-acre wood and the New Forest and the Forest of Dean - we're taking you for a walk on the wild side, through Nottinghamshire's pride and joy.

Here are 10 interesting facts that you might not know about Robin Hood's legendary home.

10 fun facts about Sherwood Forest

1. A famous resident

Statue of Robin Hood in Sherwood ForestStatue of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest
Statue of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest is widely known as the legendary home of Robin Hood, the iconic outlaw of English folklore. The forest has been associated with his tales of adventure and justice for centuries.

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Annually, Sherwood Forest hosts the Robin Hood Festival, celebrating the legendary outlaw with medieval-themed events, archery competitions, and historical re-enactments. It's a fantastic time for locals and tourists alike.

2. It's really old

Sherwood Forest is one of the largest remaining ancient oak woodlands in the UK. Some of the trees are over 500 years old, providing a unique and picturesque setting for visitors.

3. Large and in charge

Today, Sherwood Forest is pretty massive, encompassing around 424.75 hectares or 1,049.6 acres.

But when the Domesday Book was compiled in 1086, the forest covered around a quarter of Nottinghamshire (approximately 19,000 acres or 7,800 hectares)

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4. A legendary hiding place

The Major Oak, a massive and ancient oak tree in Sherwood Forest, is said to be Robin Hood's legendary hiding place. It's estimated to be around 800-1000 years old and is a popular tourist attraction.

The Major Oak, located 15 minutes into a walk through the woods from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Edwinstowe, is known across the globe as as the secret hiding place of outlaw hero Robin Hood. Reputed to be almost 1,000 years old, it is the biggest oak tree in Britain, with a girth of 33 feet (ten metres) and a canopy of 92 feet (28 metres).The Major Oak, located 15 minutes into a walk through the woods from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Edwinstowe, is known across the globe as as the secret hiding place of outlaw hero Robin Hood. Reputed to be almost 1,000 years old, it is the biggest oak tree in Britain, with a girth of 33 feet (ten metres) and a canopy of 92 feet (28 metres).
The Major Oak, located 15 minutes into a walk through the woods from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Edwinstowe, is known across the globe as as the secret hiding place of outlaw hero Robin Hood. Reputed to be almost 1,000 years old, it is the biggest oak tree in Britain, with a girth of 33 feet (ten metres) and a canopy of 92 feet (28 metres).

5. A royal hunting ground

In 1066, during the invasion of England, King William the Conqueror made Sherwood Forest a Royal Hunting Forest that was frequently visited by the Mercian Kings.

The forest became popular with King John and King Edward. The remains of a hunting lodge can be found at Kings Clipstone named King John's Palace.

After the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1536, the land was sold and granted into private ownership which was converted into house estates.

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6. Walk on the wild side

Sherwood Forest is not just about the legend of Robin Hood; it's also a haven for diverse wildlife. Visitors may spot various bird species, red deer, and other woodland creatures including badgers, bats and foxes while exploring the trails.

7. It's a green flag (unlike your ex!)

There are no red flags to be found in Sherwood Forest, only bright and shiny green ones.

The forest has received the Green Flag Award, recognising it as a well-managed and welcoming green space. This accolade makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers and families.

8. Shoot your shot

Given its connection to Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest offers archery experiences for visitors, allowing them to channel their inner outlaw. Additionally, there are various outdoor activities and events held throughout the year.

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Visit Sherwood Forest on Sherwood Forest various dates in August and try your hand at the noble Medieval skill of archery in the shadow of the Major Oak.Visit Sherwood Forest on Sherwood Forest various dates in August and try your hand at the noble Medieval skill of archery in the shadow of the Major Oak.
Visit Sherwood Forest on Sherwood Forest various dates in August and try your hand at the noble Medieval skill of archery in the shadow of the Major Oak.

9. Sherwood Pines

Adjacent to Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Pines is a popular recreational area known for its mountain biking trails, walking paths, and Go Ape adventure course, providing a different perspective on the forest.

10. Conservation Efforts

There are ongoing conservation efforts to preserve the biodiversity and historical significance of Sherwood Forest, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy its beauty and cultural heritage.