Birklands Sherwood Forest

Visitor information

Dating back to 1251, Birklands is part of the famous Sherwood Forest

With an extensive path network, varied history and special wildlife to discover, Birklands, near Edwinstowe, is a fantastic place to explore. You can access Birklands via the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Wildlife to spot

Nightjars, glow worms and thousands of other species rely on the unique habitat of Birklands, so bring your binoculars and a sharp eye - who knows what you’ll see!

Local history

Birklands, a Viking word meaning 'birch land', was property of the crown for nearly 600 years. It was used as a source of timber, grazing land and as an exclusive hunting ground for successive Kings and Queens of England.

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Historic features
  • Cycling opportunities
  • Horse riding 

Things to do

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Birklands and soak up the beautiful scenery. 

There are a number of paths around the woodland which give a range of route options to choose...

We welcome horse riders at Birklands on the two bridleways that run through the wood. Please keep to these bridleways and do not ride in the wider forest. 

The route 6 and route...

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes. 

Birklands has a variety of open paths and trails for you to discover.


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Field of purple orchids in the sun

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Shirebrook Wood on a winter morning

With its mixture of mature broadleaf woodland, newly planted trees, large open meadows and a scenic wetland valley, Shirebrook Wood offers something for everybody. 

This reclaimed...

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