Robin Hood County: Picture Perfect Clumber Park

Sherwood Forest is best known as the home of the legendary Robin Hood – a medieval outlaw who famously took from the rich and provided for the poor. While the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men are known worldwide, with Hollywood actors Kevin Costner and more recently Russell Crowe taking on this role on the big screen, the roots of this famed character in folklore are largely associated with Nottinghamshire in England.

In fact, Nottinghamshire is often referred to as Robin Hood County.

A picturesque part of Sherwood Forest to visit is Clumber Park – a 3,800 acre country park which was formerly the home estate of the Dukes of Newcastle.

While the grand mansion that was once located amidst the trees was demolished in the 1930s, there is still a lot to enjoy within the grounds, which are beautifully maintained and accessible to the public.

The dense forest is broken up by a stunning lake and a four mile path follows its banks, providing plenty of potential picnicking spots.

It is such a peaceful location and is particularly beautiful on a bright day, when the trees, blue sky and candy floss clouds are tranquilly reflected in the water.

There is a pretty ornamental bridge crossing the lake – a great focal point for photographs.

There is also the option to cycle and there are 20 miles of cycle tracks within the grounds. Clumber Park is home to much wildlife – particularly birds. Here is a swan and her excitable gang of cygnets:

Another feature to look out for is the Church of St Mary the Virgin. This is a gothic revival church that was commissioned by the 5th Duke of Newcastle in 1864 and built in 1889.

The grounds are extremely well maintained by the National Trust and are always immaculate. Clumber Park also boasts Europe’s longest double avenue of lime trees, which line the grand entrance.


  1. November 7, 2011 / 16:56

    I have an overactive imagination sometimes. I love the first picture for that. I get images of bowmen standing high in the trees. The church and bridge figure well too. Not so sure how many swans were in the stories, but cool anyway.

    • November 8, 2011 / 14:19

      Ha ha, the swans are much more interesting than Robin Hood :-)