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Sherwood Forest Public History Walks
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and legendary Major Oak

Discover the history beneath the trees. Walking tours with expert Archaeologists.
Leave the crowds behind to explore the hidden history and stories of the beautiful
Sherwood Forest Landscape of Legends.

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Nottinghamshire Hospitality Award Winners 2018 Robin Hood aka Ezekial Bone and the Legends of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest Tour Sherwood Forest Explorer's Road Tour

Wander in the woods of Sherwood Forest The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Legendary hideaway of Robin Hood

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is the home of Robin Hood, England’s most famous hero. It, is made up of 375 hectares of ancient woodland and heath land, and is home to hundreds of veteran oak trees,

On this 2 ½ - 3 hour walking tour you will visit:

and hear about:

And much, much more…

So, if you want to escape the crowds and delve deeper into the heart and soul of the forest, ,if you love culture, nature, history, folklore, archaeology, literature, and plant lore, then this tour is for you!

Once you have been on this tour you will never view forests and landscapes the same way again….

Medieval heathland in Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

Sherwood Forest Explorer - Private Group Walking Tour of Sherwood Nature Reserve

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The magical landscape of Sherwood Forest changes with the seasons.

From the carpet of forest flowers and yellow gorse blooms in the spring, through the green richness of summer when the forest is bursting with life, to the blooming purple heather of August and September, From the bronze, yellow, red and orange colours of autumn when the woods are alive with fungi, to the quiet stillness of winter, when frost turns the ground hard as iron, the dark nights draw in, and the trees and animals rest quietly, as if waiting for the sun to return.

The Forest is a constantly shifting backdrop of colours and wonder.

No matter when you choose to visit; the forest will always be a magical place.

Despite this constant cycle through the seasons, the forest exudes a sense of timeless grandeur, an ancient permanence, which helps you escape the high-tempo modern world.

So why not relax, unwind, and feel your spirit restored, as you take time to step back into a world of tranquility and beauty.

Step back into a timeless world at the heart of ancient England, and let your guide bring this landscape of legends to life with history, culture, literature and folklore.

Learn all about the plants, and animals who call the forest their home, and about the ancient, twisted, and hollow oak trees, and the invertebrates who dwell inside their ancient trunks. Find out about the importance of this remarkable eco-system, and how it is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, Also hear about, and hopefully catch a glimpse of the wildlife that shelters in, and under, these old oak trees’ noble branches.

Learn about the animals who once grazed the forest and how they have shaped the ecology.

Your guide will explain how the landscape has been used and viewed over the ages - from the Bronze Age, through the Roman period, and in Saxon and Viking times. And how these people have grazed their livestock and harvested crops in and around the ancient woodland.

All have left a mark on this ancient Forest,

As you wander through ancient oak trees…..

On this fun and educational tour you will learn all about the history of Sherwood Forest including, tales of medieval outlaws, Kings, hunting, Foresters, monks, and everyday life in the time of Robin Hood.

Learn about how our ancestors shaped the landscape, how they used the landscape, and how people imagined the landscape in the past.

Hear how tales of Robin Hood and even King Arthur, were imagined in Sherwood Forest hundreds of years ago.

You will also hear about the ballads and legends of Robin Hood, how the stories developed over the ages, and their links to the landscape.

Find out how Sherwood Forest inspired some of the greatest Romantic and Modernist writers and poets of the 19th and 20th centuries,  including Lord Byron, Walter Scott, and Washington Irving, and how the Forest shaped the life and works of D.H, Lawrence…

Also hear how their collective writings have shaped how we have viewed this landscape ever since.

Learn about bushcraft, ancient plantlore, folklore, and the ethno-botany of plants, trees and fungi.

So why not come and learn all about this beautiful landscape of legends from the people who know the history better than anyone else.

An Ancient Oak Tree in Sherwood Forest Medusa Oak Sherwood Forest an ancient track way through Sherwood Forest

Also visit archaeological earthworks including the remains of ancient ploughing. Walk along medieval path ways, which people once used to cross the forest, and discover earthen banks, which once encircled these historic woods.

Together these features help to reveal the forest’s past, and tell the story of how the landscape has evolved over time.

They are still there waiting to be found by those how know where to look…

What better way to understand the landscapes than from the experts themselves.

On this tour you will be guided by the actual archaeologists who are undertaking the surveys of these woodlands,

You will learn first-hand from these experts who are recording and interpreting this landscape to this very day.


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Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours

About your tour guides:

Your guide for the Sherwood Explorer Tour will be Cultural Heritage’s very own Andy Gaunt.

As well as his work at Cultural Heritage, Andy is a Director and Archaeologist at Mercian Archaeological Services CIC. He runs the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project a long-term research project in the heart of the world famous Forest..

Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours

An experienced tourist guide and heritage tourism practitioner he is the leading expert on the archaeology and history of Sherwood Forest and is renowned for his unrivalled knowledge of the landscape, history, archaeology and heritage of the Sherwood Forest landscape.

He regularly talks and presents on archaeology to groups and at conferences, and is passionate about teaching and education.

Andy has made a number of TV appearances as an expert on Sherwood Forest, including in the UK on the BBC, Channel Four (Walking Through History, and site consultancy for Time Team), and Channel Five (Digging up Britain’s Past), as well as internationally including a number of appearances for ARTE ((France & Germany) giving expert commentary on Walter Scott and D H Lawrence and their relationships to Sherwood Forest). He has been interviewed a number of times on BBC Radio 4 including the ‘Making History’ show, and has provided consultancy for BBC Radio 3.

He has also been interviewed in magazines and for newspapers including in the United States, and UK.

Guided tours of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Major Oak

Get off the beaten track and explore the ancients trees and heath land of Robin Hood’s world famous Forest, with expert guides…

Sherwood Forest Explorer Tours

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