As soon as school was out on Friday, we packed the car, hoisted the bikes onto the roof, and set off for a mini break to one of my favourite places in the UK, Sherwood Forest. This forest is most well-known for its links with the legend of Robin Hood. We’re not sure whether Robin Hood really did exist but, regardless, I find Sherwood to be a truly magical place 🙂
M and I lived in Nottingham back in the 1990s, so we know the area pretty well. Nowadays, we try and visit once a year, normally during the October half term when the forest is full of the colours of Autumn/Fall.
This year, for the first time, we chose to stay in a log cabin in the forest.
I loved the lounge area inside the cabin, with its little wood burning stove. So cosy!
Lil’ L had his first archery lesson… and turned out to be pretty handy with the bow and arrow 🙂
We also went to visit Major Oak. No trip to Sherwood would be complete without visiting this ancient tree where (as the legend goes) Robin, Marion and the band of Merry Men hid out. This incredible tree is over 1,150 years old!
However, the main reason for our trip to the forest was to ride the trails at Sherwood Pines. The Kitchener’s Trail is absolutely awesome and currently my favourite trail in the UK!
We rode it three times over the weekend. Lil L’s verdict… “sweet!”.
The trail has lots of twists and turns, which makes it very exciting. I love this sort of trail as it requires single pointed concentration… if your mind wanders… you’re likely to hit a tree trunk or stump. I fell off once, which was more of a technical hitch where I skidded on sand into a ditch, rather than a mind wobble/fear moment (or a “mind slide” as me & M have started calling them 😉 ). Luckily, I was wearing the new knee pads that M bought, so I didn’t feel a thing 🙂
There’s lots of variety on the trail, including the options of a fast downhill section and dirt jump area for the real adrenalin junkies.
I loved all the different sections we rode through, which included pine forests and ancient woodland filled with chestnut trees.
There was even a super spooky section, which you had to wind your way through.
Here’s a couple of action shots.
From the back, it looks like I was dressed appropriately for biking… but I so wasn’t! Under the jacket and knee pads, I was wearing jeggings and a sparkly top. The Essex girl in me still loves a bit of sparkle 😉
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, filled with sunshine, lots of fresh air, exercise and a large dose of myth and magic 😉