THE ROBIN HOOD WAY (Nottinghamshire’s first recreational footpath)
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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