The Robin Hood Way was initially planned by members of the Nottingham Wayfarers’ Rambling Club, specifically Roland Price and Alec Hickton, in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee in 1982, from an idea by Chris Thompson.
The original route of 84 miles from Nottingham Castle to Edwinstowe Church was opened in 1985 with the intention of linking all the places in Nottinghamshire with connections to the legend of Robin Hood. However these are well scattered around the County so since there are also several Country Parks and other interesting places it seemed obvious to include them in order to add to the appeal of the Way.
A guidebook was published and proved so popular that it quickly became sold out so a second edition appeared in the early 1990s. Again this proved to be a success and it was decided that when the next edition was released, in 1995, the route should be extended to 105 miles with the purpose of including the historic, Minster town of Southwell. Other minor route alterations and improvements were made to bring it up to date but basically the Way has remained unchanged and has been enjoyed by ramblers from in and outside Nottinghamshire.
The guidebook now includes the route going into Mansfield Town and there are route modifications that keep this guidebook alive and of continuing interest to walkers of the route whether it is your first time or you are exploring it again, there is something within its pages to suit all tastes.
There are also several circular route taken from the Robin Hood Way for you to enjoy a days walking exploring the Nottinghamshire countryside for a better appreciation of our beautiful county.
The Robin Hood Way Association was formed to keep the book available and to provide Wardens whose job it is to make sure their sections of the Way are waymarked and the path is in good order. Over the years wardens have grown older and many have had to give up their Wardenship which means that there are now only 7 wardens to look after 18 Sections.
In early 2016 a Ramblers’ Flexigroup/Special Interest Group – The Robin Hood Way was formed. One of its principal aims is to recruit more wardens to look after the Way and for the Way to continue after the Robin Hood Way Association ceases to exist.
Read Robin Hood Way update 16th April 2017 click here
"I have always enjoyed the great outdoors and it seemed logical to join Ramblers to support their footpath and countryside access work. I have learned a lot about my local area and made many good friends along the way. Encroaching age and dodgy hips and knees mean that I can no longer walk the distances I once did. However, I have many fond memories to look back on, and when I join Julia Bradbury on some of her TV walks I can truthfully say. "Been there, done that - and in some cases even got the T-shirt!"
(Janet is being too modest about her achievements - she has been a stalwart member for many years. She was previously secretary of Newark Ramblers and has also served on Area Council as Membership Secretary. And that's a great photo of her with her late husband, Geoff, on a bluebell walk in Derbyshire!)
Why did you join Ramblers? I was encouraged to join by friends
How long have you been a member? More than thirty years
Where is your favourite walking destination? Without doubt, the Yorkshire Dales
If you could walk anywhere in the world, where would you choose? Many moons ago I lived in New Zealand for three years, so I would like to walk there
What is your most memorable walk? Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon, Scotland. We had been to the Ben Lawers Visitor Centre and then on to the small hamlet of Bridge of Balgie where we saw scores of red squirrels running around, not a care in the world. Magical
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit? My Lifeventure flask. It goes everywhere with me
Have you ever got lost on a walk? No, because my husband always did the navigating!
Who would be your ideal walking companion(s)? Richard Osman from "Pointless". He is a mine of information and very witty
How do you relax? Reading Whodunnits and crosswords and quizzes
What is your favourite meal? Traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Baileys in my coffee
What music would you like played at your funeral? "Morning Has Broken" and "Amazing Grace"
Sum up your personality in three words Could do better
Ramblers members plus their friends and families are invited to come along to a Members' Day event at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford on Saturday 6th August.
There will be a choice of three walk distances plus competitions and children's activities.
WALK 1 is approximately 7 miles and goes around the reserve and the lake area. WALK 2 is approximately 5.5 miles and goes around the reserve only. WALK 3 is approximately 1.5 miles and goes around the lake (ideal for families with younger children). Walks 1 & 2 will start at 10.30am and be accompanied by Reserve Wardens who will answer questions about the Reserve as we walk. Walk 3 is self-guided.
We have two 2016 OS Explorer Maps and other prizes to be won.
There are plenty of things for children to do at the reserve with their own play area and exploration areas. Children also have the chance to go on a bug hunt and do some plaque rubbings – kits are free but they MUST be ordered in advance from Judith on 01777 838 763 as numbers are limited.
Packed lunches (vegetarian or meat) can be ordered at £5 – book these through Judith as above.
The Visitor Centre will be open throughout the day from 10am selling drinks and refreshments.
Parking at the Reserve is free but there is a voluntary car park charge scheme – please consider paying £1.50.
Full details are available on the Ramblers Walksfinder or by clicking HERE.