Sherwood Pines, Clipstone.

Location map | Bikers challenge

Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre. Picture Tony Stocks.Sherwood Pines Forest Park is situated off the B6030 near Old Clipstone in the centre of ancient Sherwood Forest. Close by is the Center Parcs Holiday Village and Rufford Country Park.

Managed by Forest Enterprises - part of the Forestry Commission - it is the largest woodland open to the public in the East Midlands.

A working forest - Sherwood Pines is an important timber producing woodland making a vital contribution to everyday demands for wood products.

Pines, heath and oak trees are havens for wildlife including birds such as the nightjar and of course the fallow deer.

What to do in the park.

Sherwood Pines route signs. Pic Tony Stocks.A superb visitor centre nestles amongst the pines to with a café providing refreshments and a cycle hire shop.

There are waymarked trails, which invites the visitor to explore the forest. One of the trails is an easy access trail for disabled visitors.

Cycle routes are also marked giving the cyclist a traffic free environment to enable them to experience the beauty of the forest. The routes offer choices to suit everyone from families to off-road cyclists. Cycle hire is available.



pines_map.gif (4004 bytes)There are quiet picnic areas for visitors to enjoy the forest.

The Visitor Centre is open every day except Christmas Day, from 9.00am to 6.00pm at weekends and from 10.00am to 5.30pm on weekdays (or till dusk in winter).



Dual-descender Bikers Challenge.

bike_1.jpg (23904 bytes)The Forestry Commission has taken the wraps off one of the most exciting mountain bike challenges in Nottinghamshire.

The county's first so-called "dual-descender" route has been unveiled in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping for experienced off-road biking fans.

Taking its inspiration from Alpine slalom skiing, the new course features two dual tracks over a kilometre of rough terrain, with hair-raising cross-overs, jumps and bends to test the athleticism and skill of riders.

The 2,500 acre Forest Park already boasts the most extensive network of colour-coded off-road routes in the East Midlands, catering for all levels of ability. But the latest innovation is the first to be waymarked black and suitable only for seasoned riders with the correct equipment.

Recreation Ranger Chris Bray said, "We've listened to local bikers and the dual-descender is the result. Mountain biking has taken off well in recent years and as bikers become more proficient they look for new challengers. We think the new route will be a great attraction."

The course has been designed with the help of the Sherwood Pines Mountain Bike Club and other enthusiasts. New longer and more challenging courses are being planned.