While on your horse riding holiday with Equestrian Escapes in Sherwood explore Nottingham and the legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood, this 450 acre country park is now part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and home to a fascinating ecosystem. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including the 1000 year old Major Oak.
Things to do and see
For non-riders who like the outdoors this is a great area to explore
- Walks and Trails in the forest - covering all fitness levels, interests and durations – from a short sweet nature trail to a day spent amongst the giant ancient oaks.
- Nottingham Castle - with excellent views of the town and is notable for its bronze statues of Robin Hood and his merry men by Nottingham-born sculptor James Woodford. Destroyed in 1651 by Parliamentary forces, the original castle was replaced by an Italian-style palace belonging to the Duke of Newcastle that's now home to two great museums: the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, with its impressive collection of medals and regimental uniforms, and the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
- The Lace Market - Just a short walk away from the Old Market Square in Nottingham centre is the historic Lace Market, once the heart of Britain's lace industry. Protected as one of the city's most important heritage zones, these former warehouses and display rooms now house numerous shops, restaurants, and lace makers.
- The City of Caves - Numerous caves exist in the sandstone underneath Nottingham, including the spectacular 322-foot-long Mortimer's Hole directly below the castle. In all, more than 450 caves lie beneath Nottingham, the largest known grouping of caves in the country, and have been used for centuries for storage and defense. Accessed from the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, fascinating public tours of the caves are available. Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham
- Go Ape – High ropes and zip wires - Top Adventure in Robin Hood country features a tree to tree zip wire (one of the only tree top tree zip wires in the country!)
- Creswell Crags is a spectacular magnesian limestone gorge with visitor centre. Dotted with a large number of caves, fissures and rock shelters, many of which harboured secrets from our Prehistoric past. Archaeologists have been excavating these caves since the 19th Century, when the Victorians first discovered the artefacts that lay beneath the cave floors. So much material was excavated early on that many of today’s archaeologists now excavate the spoil heaps (rubbish dumps) of previous excavations to find any artefacts which were missed!
Where to eat and drink
- The Elmtree at Elmton - Cosy pub serving classic and modern dishes based on local produce, some from neighbours' gardens. Elmton, Worksop S80 4LS tel: 01909 721261
- Thai Cassia Bar & Restaurant - Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly. 30 Park Street, Worksop S80 1HF, tel:01909 476110
- The Devonshire - British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly. Rectory Road, Upper Langwith, Mansfield NG20 9RF tel: 01623 747777
How to get there
As the accommodation is not on-site to the riding a car is the best way to get about.
Detailed directions and postcode will be given at the time of booking.
From the North or South on the M1 take the junction 30 and follow the A616 towards Creswell
Take the train to Nottingham or Worksop and change for Creswell
Mazzas Taxi 01909 721620
Village Cars 01246 813995
Pick your level of walking in the acres of forest
Nottingham Castle sits atop the City of Caves
Nottingham Gallery and Castle
Part of the famous Lace district in Nottingham
Explore the City of Caves
Go Ape in the treetops of Sherwood Forest
Creswell Crags and Gorge