October 25, 2011 · 6:35 pm

As soon as school was out on Friday, we packed the car, hoisted the bikes onto the roof, and set off for a mini break to one of my favourite places in the UK, Sherwood Forest.  This forest is most well-known for its links with the legend of Robin Hood.  We’re not sure whether Robin Hood really did exist but, regardless, I find Sherwood to be a truly magical place :)

 

M and I lived in Nottingham back in the 1990s, so we know the area pretty well.  Nowadays, we try and visit once a year, normally during the October half term when the forest is full of the colours of Autumn/Fall. 

 This year, for the first time, we chose to stay in a log cabin in the forest. 

 I loved the lounge area inside the cabin, with its little wood burning stove.  So cosy!  

Lil’ L had his first archery lesson… and turned out to be pretty handy with the bow and arrow :)

 We also went to visit Major Oak.  No trip to Sherwood would be complete without visiting this ancient tree where (as the legend goes) Robin, Marion and the band of Merry Men hid out.  This incredible tree is over 1,150 years old!

 However, the main reason for our trip to the forest was to ride the trails at Sherwood Pines.  The Kitchener’s Trail is absolutely awesome and currently my favourite trail in the UK!  

We rode it three times over the weekend.  Lil L’s verdict… “sweet!”.

 

The trail has lots of twists and turns, which makes it very exciting.  I love this sort of trail as it requires single pointed concentration… if your mind wanders… you’re likely to hit a tree trunk or stump.  I fell off once, which was more of a technical hitch where I skidded on sand into a ditch, rather than a mind wobble/fear moment (or a “mind slide” as me & M have started calling them ;) ).  Luckily, I was wearing the new knee pads that M bought, so I didn’t feel a thing :)

There’s lots of variety on the trail, including the options of a fast downhill section and dirt jump area for the real adrenalin junkies.

I loved all the different sections we rode through, which included pine forests and ancient woodland filled with chestnut trees.

There was even a super spooky section, which you had to wind your way through.

Here’s a couple of action shots.

 

From the back, it looks like I was dressed appropriately for biking… but I so wasn’t!  Under the jacket and knee pads, I was wearing jeggings and a sparkly top.  The Essex girl in me still loves a bit of sparkle ;)

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, filled with sunshine, lots of fresh air, exercise and a large dose of myth and magic ;)

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  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    What a fantastic place. That tree is amazing and those cabins are superb. I would love to spend a weekend in a place like that. So magical and so nice to see the real place of the famous story. I love all of these trips you take.
    Thanks for sharing Sharon.

  • http://twitter.com/keephealthstyle Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle)

    That looks so wonderful, its mine and the husbands dream to stay in a log cabin sometime!

  • http://everydaysapicnic.wordpress.com Sarah(everydaysapicnic)

    It looks like you had a fantastic weekend! The trail looks like great fun – I love your cycling outfit ;-)

  • http://veganaphrodite.wordpress.com vegan aphrodite

    That sounds like lovely days! So many beautiful pictures! And those cabins looks so cozy! What a perfect way to spend the weekend!

  • Markio

    Beautiful Forest! I can smell the pine trees! Nice trail; lucky to enjoy it being so dry at the end of October too. Properly dusty and no muddy bikes to clean!

  • http://www.nutritionbynature.wordpress.com Amy-Nutrition by Nature

    What a beautiful place! I love the spooky part of the forest and all the huge pine trees, and the Major Oak. Pretty much love everything about it. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend.

  • http://notjustapples.blogspot.com Alissa – Not Just Apples

    Awesome! This looks like such a fun place for a holiday :)