Sherwood Forest

. Friday, November 17, 2006
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After reading about the lads at JangleJangle going to Sherwood Forest and playing at being Robin Hood we decided to have a little ride over that way for a change as Bob wanted to audition for the role of the sheriff of Nottingham.

As with most of our trips the day starts with a excellent breakfast and today was no exception as we decided to call into the Salt Box Cafe near Derby. After finding a table as the place was packed as a bunch of guys and gals from the Christian Motorcyclists Association had also stopped here for a break while on one of their runs. Bob demolished a Tattie Breakfast in his usual gusto.

After being suitably fed and watered we headed onto the A515 into Ashbourne and then onto the A517 towards Belper. Once at Belper we went through Heage to get onto the A38 which we took north until we crossed the M1 then carried on the A38 to Mansfield, from there is was just a short ride to Edwinstowe and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. (note that if you visit in a car then there is a £3 parking charge but if your on a bike it's free!)

After playing dodge the leaf litter in the car park we parked the bikes and had a stroll around the visitor centre, which is quite a large area consisting of toilets, exhibition hall complete with the obligatory shop, restaurant and other bits and pieces. Once we had walked around the exhibition, played sword fights with wooden swords in the gift show (and nearly getting thrown out) we decided to go and find this big tree that everyone seems to talk about (Major Oak) Unfortunately after walking 100 yards we came across a sign telling us it was a 20 minute walk and Bob was unable to walk that far due to his gammy leg so we decided the best course wasn't into the forest but the restaurant instead.

Once we had warmed up with a nice cup of coffee, had a letch at a load of foreign ladies in tight jeans it was time to head home as it was starting to get dark (Bob's ASBO prevents him from going out at night)

For the trip home, due to the dark skies, we decided to jump onto the M1/M42 and head south.

Sorry for the quality of the pictures, Bob had forgotten the memory card for his camera and mine was playing up.

More pictures of the trip can be found here


Anonymous said...

the sign was telling lies, it was only a ten minute walk. I'm glad you avoided the dreadful food in the visitors centre!!