Sherwood Forest used to be one of the largest Royal forests in England and it covered over 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!).
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.