Sherwood Forest: The Home Of Robin Hood

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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my dad was over visiting for the weekend and on the Saturday we decided to take a little road trip to Sherwood Forest. If nobody knows what that is, it is a royal forest in Nottinghamshire that is said to be where Robin Hood lived. It total it covers 1,045 acres and is full of wildlife such as deer, rabbits and a variety of bird breeds (not that we saw any of them in the cold weather).

I’ve been a few times in the past, but my dad and boyfriend had never been themselves. We’d chosen the perfect day with the sun shining (although it was a little chilly in places so coats were needed). Autumn may be coming to an end, but the red and orange leaves were still hanging onto the branches and we crunched our way through the fallen ones. It was a perfect afternoon out and the pictures don’t do it justice. We said that next time we would come in summer, when the weather would be warmer and it would be perfect for a picnic on one of the many benches dotted about.

Of course, we had to show them the infamous Major Oak, which, according to folklore, was Robin Hood’s infamous hideout. People have assumed that it’s age is between 800 to 1000 years old which is crazy when you think about it. It’s even more amazing to see in person. Unfortunately, because it is so old, it needs to be supported by metal rods to keep it upright, which you can see in the photo. My mum told me that when she was young there were no barriers to keep you away and people where able to take picture within the tree through a little slot. Of course, you’d have to be small enough to fit through.

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After we were done walking through the trees and enjoying the fresh air, we stopped in the cafe to have a bit to eat and relax. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was great to show my dad something new. While Ireland has it’s own famous places such as Newgrange (definitely worth visiting if you’re visiting) and The Giant’s Causeway, he hasn’t seen many from where we live up North.

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What has been the best place you’ve visited recently?

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