Rufford Country Park & The Major Oak 2 In 1 Walk - 8th Dec

Posted 9/12/2019

Yesterday a group of thirteen adults and two children met up at Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire for our 2-in-1 Walk which included a visit to the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest for those taking the longer option.

The weather was surprisingly good for December, if a little windy which made it quite cool in exposed areas. We started by leaving the Country Park to travel for a short distance along a footpath along the side of the A614 before crossing and joining the Robin Hood Way which we followed for a good way along the walk.

After skirting the edge of the Centre Parcs Holiday Village, we passed Broadoak Brake and then reached the River Maun where the those taking the shorter route branched off to the right, following a path alongside the river and passing through Lidgett village before taking a long straight path alongside the railway line as far as the A614.

At this point this group faced the very tricky task of crossing the busy A614 by a railway bridge with little view of oncoming traffic. Once the main road was safely crossed the group followed a path which ran parallel to Rainworth Water to emerge back at Rufford Country Park by Rufford Mill.

Those taking the longer route branched left at the River Maun and then followed a path past Villa Real Farm to reach Sherwood Forest. A short walk through the scenic woodland paths brought us to the Major Oak where we took advantage of the picnic benches to take our lunch break.

We then continued past the site of the former visitor centre, which is now a forest restoration area, following the new path that took us past the new visitor centre to emerge in Edwinstowe.

Our route took us through the village to then join the same path alongside the railway line that the group doing the shorter walk took. The advantage we had was that local knowledge from Kate Payton advised us to take a short farm track on the right before we reached the busy A614 which allowed us to cross with far more visibility than our other group had had. Once we had done so we continued on the same route as the shorter walk back to Rufford Country Park.

After making our way part way around the lake we met up with those that had remained from the shorter walk and, on the recommendation of Russell Yapp, we made the short trip to the Maypole Inn at Wellow for a deserved drink while a few enjoyed a superb Sunday lunch – a great recommendation Russell!

Well done to the six people who walked the 6 mile shorter route and to the nine who completed the 9 mile longer route. Also, welcome to Kerry who walked with us for the first time yesterday.

Finally, congratulations go to Steve Pennock who has now clocked up 1000 miles walked with DVWG and to both David Kirk and Audrey Brownridge who have both surpassed 100 miles walked in the season to date.