Happy New Year and I hope you all had fun celebrations! I spent some of the holiday season in Nottingham (middle of the UK) and thought I’d post about a little day out I had. Sherwood Forest is a royal forest in the county and known for being associated with Robin Hood (give him a Google if you don’t know who he is). We drove about an hour out of the city to get there and do some nature walking/exploring!
Just down the road from the forest is Rufford Abbey. Admittedly I had no idea what it was except that it’s part of the English Heritage Trust. The site was once home to an abbey but after the dissolution of monasteries it became a country estate. Sadly some of the building got demolished and now it’s a ruin/country park. It’s a great place to come for a few hours and enjoy all the best things England has to offer – fresh air, greenery, scones and history. It’s free entry so why not spend an afternoon there? We explored the ruin, got a very British lunch at the cafe, walked alongside a lake/fed the ducks and even took part in a fortune maze! (Big apologies for the out of focus scone photo but how could I resist uploading it anyway).
After our late lunch it was getting dark so we rushed across the street to Sherwood Forest to see the Major Oak. It’s a giant English Oak tree (although rumour has it it’s actually three or four fused together). According to folklore this is the shelter of Robin Hood and where he would meet his merry men for meetings. I’m not sure how legit that is but it definitely is a humongous tree and possibly the influence of the Whomping Willow?
Now that I’m more accessible to the UK I’ll be doing some more day out posts! Maybe I’ll make it a resolution or set myself a new goal. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and see you next week!