Robin Hood's Cave (Walesby)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality
Coordinate 53.22997, -1.004901
Adm. div. Nottinghamshire
Vicinity E bank of River Maun, c. 550 m N of Whitewater Lane, Walesby
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1825
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Robin Hood's Cave, Walesby
Robin Hood's Cave is located opposite the red can / Tim Heaton, 19 Apr. 2009, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-02. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-12.

Robin Hood's Cave on the east bank of Whitewater – the local name for River Maun – is located about half a kilometre north of Whitewater Lane. The name 'Robin Hood's Cave' is first recorded in an early O.S. map published in 1825.[1]

Visitors to the cave describe it as 'not more than a hollow in the Sherwood Sandstone', which is 'approached by a precarious walk along the base of the cliff'[2] or note that '[i]n reality, there is no cave – just a slight overhang of red sandstone'.[3] According to one, '[t]he feet of countless visitors have worn away the topsoil' near the outcrop.[4] If the locality attracts many sightseers this is no doubt due to several circumstances. There is of course the alleged Robin Hood-connection and the proximity to remnants of Sherwood Forest, and the rock, a remarkable and lovely reddish cream, sits by the river in a wooded area, with the Robin Hood Way running past it on the east side.

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