Sherwood Pines, Clipstone.
Location map | Bikers
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.
by Forest Enterprises - part of the Forestry Commission - it is the
largest woodland open to the public in the East Midlands.
working forest - Sherwood Pines is an important timber producing woodland
making a vital contribution to everyday demands for wood products.
heath and oak trees are havens for wildlife including birds such as
the nightjar and of course the fallow deer.
to do in the park.
superb visitor centre nestles amongst the pines to with a café providing
refreshments and a cycle hire shop.
are waymarked trails, which invites the visitor to explore the forest.
One of the trails is an easy access trail for disabled visitors.
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.
are quiet picnic areas for visitors to enjoy the forest.
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).
Forestry Commission has taken the wraps off one of the most exciting
mountain bike challenges in Nottinghamshire.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.