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Published July 3rd 2016
Sherwood forests- the home of the world's best known outlaw
The recently gone May half-term found us having a quick break in the Sherwood forests Nottingham, getting to know one of its most famous citizens of yore- Robin Hood! The Robin Hood trail begins from the Sherwood forest and is free! (apart from the very reasonable £3 car park charge).
The park is unspoilt verdant wood and though there was not much to do in terms of activities, it was a lovely walk. We did take the customary shot at Major Oak (see picture) which is roughly thousand years old. Legend has it that Robin Hood and his merry men used to meet inside that tree, which now can only be admired from a distance (too many groups have since then tried to fit themselves inside, hence the injunction!).
We also watched the very informative video on Robin Hood and I learnt that till date no one can be 100% certain whether someone like that indeed lived in the area.
We also walked through the museum which has a wonderful chronological activity walk through, eventually ending when Robin Hood went up to London and met with the then monarch, King Richard III also known as Richard the Lion Heart. He always had sworn allegiance to King Richard, it was only the Sheriff of Nottingham who was his arch enemy.
The forest has some beautiful flora and fauna existing in a peaceful ecological balance of man and nature. An annual Robin Hood festival happens every August, I understand. This time it is from 1st-7th Aug 2016 and promises to be time of fun from the medieval times.
Whether Robin Hood and his outlaws actually existed, we shall never know for certain. But one thing definitely remains, his name has become synonymous with championing the cause of the poor. All in all a trip to Sherwood forests makes for some good memories and deeper reflection on social justice.