Blidworth Woods

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Visitor information

With walking trails, horse riding opportunities and a picnic area, Blidworth Woods is perfect for a day out in the forest

Located near the southern section of Sherwood Forest, Blidworth Woods consists of pine woodland and open heath, providing the perfect place for walking opportunities and a range of other outdoor activities.

Refreshments are available in the cabin at Longdale Lane car park. It's the perfect place to refuel after your woodland adventure.

Blidworth Woods can be accessed from two car parks:

  • Longdale Lane is a large car park with access to three waymarked walking trails, including a surfaced easy access trail. There is an information panel which shows a map of the wood to help you explore the wider forest.
  • Blidworth Bottoms car park is a smaller car park, from which you can access the blue walking trail. There is a horse parking corral (for permit holders on a first come first served basis) and an information panel to guide you.

Dog walking

Dogs are welcome at Blidworth Woods but as this wood is used extensively by horse riders on the horse trail (by permit only) throughout the year, we ask you to please keep your dogs under control at all times.

At a glance:

  • 3 walking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome - please take your dog's mess home with you
  • Refreshment cabin

Things to do

Explore Blidworth Woods on horseback along its 9km horse riding trail. The trail is waymarked - follow the posts with horseshoe logos on them.

A permit is needed to ride at Blidworth Woods. For more information and to purchase a horse riding permit, please see the Sherwood Pines Membership page

There are some large stones and boulders to navigate in places.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Explore Blidworth Woods on our waymarked trails or smaller paths that criss-cross the forest.

Try out the dog loop with your four-legged friend, take a short stroll on the white trail or venture further into the wood on the blue trail.  

Nearby forests

Leaves turning orange at the start of autumn

Located near the villages of Blidworth and Rainworth, Boundary Wood is a young woodland with newly planted broad-leaved areas as well as conifers that tower above a beautiful wild-flower meadow. 

Wander the range of surfaced paths that criss-cross through the wood, or explore the SUSTRANS national cycle route that passes through, connecting you to Sherwood Pines in the north or Haywood Oaks in the south. 

Thieves Wood

Thieves Wood provides the scenery for an exciting day out with a walking trail that starts from the car park, offering easy access into the wood. 

The Robin Hood Way, a long distance trail that runs through Nottinhamshire exploring the legend of Robin Hood, also passes through the wood.

There is also a refreshment cabin in the car park where you can stock up on snacks in preparation for your adventure!

Woodland path running through trees

With an extensive path network, varied history and special wildlife to discover, Birklands, near Edwinstowe, is a fantastic place to explore.

Field of purple orchids in the sun

Enjoy the mixture of woodland, wetland and grassland at Oxclose Wood. Banks of orchids, the song of the skylark and the hovering kestrel are all here for you to discover.

The surfaced trails make it a lovely place to walk, reflect, be creative and simply enjoy the beauty around you.

Steep climbs are rewarded with spectacular views and you may even catch a glimpse of a buzzard.

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