Sherwood Forest // Travel Diary

Sherwood Forest was once one of the largest Royal forests in England and covered 100,000 acres. Nowadays, it’s mostly famous as the place where Robin Hood and his merry men lived. This literary connection is also why I wanted to come here. It was the very last trip I took with my car before selling it and it couldn’t have been a better one.

Friday evening, I drove up to the Peak District where I was staying in a hostel. When I woke up on Saturday morning, it was pouring rain out.  And while, at first, I really wasn’t that enthusiastic about going for a walk in that weather, it turned out to be the best kind of weather for a day in Sherwood Forest. Because it meant there was hardly anyone there.

I can definitely see this forest getting really busy during summer and school holidays. It’s a great place to take your kids – a lot of trees to climb in. As it was, I’m glad I was there alone. It would have been frustrating to constantly have to wait for the kids to climb down from yet another tree.

The Major Oak

This monstrous tree is between 800 and 1000 years old and it’s where, according to local stories, Robin Hood and his merry men slept. There are several theories as to how and why this tree became so big – none of them very interesting. That said, it was pretty cool to see this something this old.

The poles are there to keep the branches from snapping (that’s how heavy it is!).

Carved houses

As I was walking, I found these tree trunks that someone carved into tiny houses. There were no signs that they were part of some kind of exhibition or scavenger hunt for kids (they might’ve been, though). They really added to the magical feel of the forest. I could just imagine tiny dwarves living here.

The forest is incredibly old (it’s been there since the end of the Ice Age) and this makes it almost feel like you’re walking through a fairytale. I loved the entire atmosphere of the forest. I do recommend not reading any scary books that take place in a forest before coming here (I did). Take a bottle of water, something to eat, a blanket and a notebook/sketchbook and you can easily spend the entire day here.

 

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13 Comments

  1. 9 November 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I love the carved houses! They are so cute! I agree that the forestry was very fairy tale like. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 6 November 2018 / 11:58 am

    It looks amazing ! And that tree was massive !

  3. 6 November 2018 / 11:39 am

    I never knew this was where Robin Hood lived! Sherwood Forest is absolutely stunning in autumn

  4. Bindu Thomas
    5 November 2018 / 10:07 am

    Beautiful relaxing place! I loved those cute houses. Oak trees are awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Khushboo Motihar
    4 November 2018 / 5:32 pm

    This looks like such a perfect place for a family holiday. The Carved houses look amazing!

  6. jen
    4 November 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Those houses are so cute! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  7. 4 November 2018 / 1:34 am

    This looks like such a relaxing place to walk through and clear your head. The Major Oak is gorgeous!

  8. dalleynedvm
    4 November 2018 / 12:28 am

    Those are very interesting pictures. I love the pictures of the different trees and foliage that you presented.

  9. 3 November 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I love Oak trees! This forest seems like a cool place to visit. The houses are adorable!

  10. Ellie Plummer
    3 November 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I live in Nottingham but I’ve never been to Sherwood Forest but I really want to go now.

  11. 3 November 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I didn’t realize Sherwood Forest was a real place! Those tiny houses are such a cool addition!

  12. rahmakhan155
    3 November 2018 / 1:14 pm

    This looks soo amazing! I loved those cute houses.

  13. 2 November 2018 / 10:48 pm

    I love those carved houses! I bet if I went with my husband, we would pop a squat and start carving himself!

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