Robin Hood Way (Nottinghamshire)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 52.95028, -1.15314
Adm. div. Nottinghamshire
Vicinity From Nottingham in the south to Clumber Park in the north, from near Moorgreen in the west to southwell in the east
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1985
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Robin Hood Way, with the start at Nottingham Castle marked / Waypoints converted from The Walking Englishman.
Robin Hood Way through Claypit Wood / Tim Heaton, 19 Sep. 2009, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-08. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-04-25.

The Robin Hood Way is a recreational footpath in Nottinghamshire, established in 1985. This convoluted path has a total length of c. 168 km. From Nottingham in the south to Clumber Park in the north, from near Moorgreen in the west to southwell in the east.

The idea of a Robin Hood-themed recreational path or series of connected paths was conceived in 1980 by Chris Thompson, then social secretary of the Nottingham Wayfarers' Rambling Club. The official opening took place in May of 1985. As is the case elsewhere the Robin Hood-related sites in Nottinghamshire tend to cluster, but as these clusters are scattered over a fairly wide area, any route connecting a number of them will inevitably mainly pass through areas that do not have obvious Robin Hood-connections. There are nearly 30 designated access points to the Robin Hood Way, i.e. areas with parking spaces near the route. From south to north, these include, among others, Nottingham Castle, where the route begins, Wollaton Park, Bestwood Country Park, localities in the Blidworth area, Newstead Abbey, Southwell, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Archway House, Creswell Crags, Clumber Park, and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. As of 1994, the Robin Hood Way is divided into 18 sections, and 14 circular walks from the route are described in the 1994 edition of The Robin Hood Walks, a book published by the Nottingham Wayfarers' Rambling Club.[1]

The Robin Hood-related localities connected by the Robin Hood Way include the following:




Since the Robin Hood Way extends over a large area, it would not be helpful to list links to high-resolution maps here. See instead maps listed on the pages dealing with individual localities (as listed above).


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