Leave Mansfield heading to Bislthorpe before arriving at the magnificent Sherwood Forest. Pass through Edwinstowe on the way to Ollerton, to arrive in Retford. From Blyth, pass through Worksop to finish the trail at Creswell Crags on the Derbyshire border.
Explore the market town of Mansfield, home to Mansfield Museum, depicting over 100 years of local history through exhibitions of artefacts and local art.
Visit the Bilsthorpe Heritage and Mining Museum to explore Nottingham’s mining history through a range of artefacts, displays and memorabilia.
The royal forest of Sherwood Forest – a 450 acre country park, is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, a heaven for wildlife and birdlife. The park contains The Major Oak, visitor centre and of course many tales of the legend that is Robin Hood. Close by you will find Sherwood Art and Craft Centre.
Just a few minutes from the Sherwood Visitor Centre, the historic village of Edwinstowe is the burial site of King Edwin, the Saxon King of Northumbria. Legend has it that Edwinstowe is where Robin Hood married Maid Marian, and in the high street you find a statue in their honour.
At Thoresby Hall you will find the Queen’s Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, tracing the regiments history. Just outside Ollerton you explore the educational National Holocaust Centre & Museum.
The market town of Retford in the Valley of the River Idle is bisected by the Chesterfield Canal. Take in the Bassetlaw Museum and the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, whilst slightly further afield you will find the Wetlands Animal Park.
Pass through the village of Blyth, home to the priory of St. Mary and St. Martin, on the way the way to the historic Hodsock Estate and Priory – famous for its displays of snowdrops.
Known as the “Gateway to the Dukeries”, Worksop is home to Mr Straw’s House, a 1920’s museum and an ideal base to visit the likes of Clumber Park and Thoresby Hall.
The enclosed limestone gorge of Creswell Crags is set on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Explore the artefacts at the museum, trails and caves – home to Ice Age hunters and world famous cave art.