Autumn is a fantastic time to get out and about in the great Outdoors. It is also an amazing time if you like photography as the colours are so vibrant and the lighting on a good day is perfect!

We are big fans of Sherwood Pines and have blogged about its loveliness previously here.

So, you can imagine when we were delighted to learn The Forestry Commission had chosen us as review bloggers of one of our favourite haunts, Sherwood Pines!

Pulling into Sherwood Pines feels like therapy on its own, driving through the peaceful woodland full of beautiful pine trees and gorgeous scenery feels like entering an oasis of calm, leaving the rush of daily life behind.

It is a perfect place to go on a beautiful autumn day for some fresh air and to blow the cobwebs away. We love to just walk and explore the beautiful offerings from nature the forest has to offer. The boys particularly love a bit of den building piling up stray sticks and making up stories of Gruffalos, bear hunts and dragons along the way.

There are a selection of walks available, as well as cycle routes varying from family friendly (green) to much more advanced (red). Bikes can be hired from as little as one hour as well as tag ons, buggies and seats. The fab 3 mile family route is challenging enough but can easily be accomplished in just an hour. Hiring bikes here can work out expensive if there are lots of you, but you are of course free to bring your own bikes and the bikes for hire are of extremely high quality. The staff in the shop of very friendly and knowledgeable. There are also Segways to hire for something a little different (haven’t tried these but look fun!) and of course a Go Ape course for an adventurous forest experience (minimum age of 10 to try this one).

The Forest has an amazing children’s play area featuring a Mushroom Village and The Boardwalk, perfect for younger kids to run around exploring and having fun in a safe environment. It is perfect for our children aged 3 and 5. There is another play area further in the forest suitable for older children 7-12 years of age, so plenty of options to suit all ages!

To keep you recharged there is a great cafe selling hot food and drinks and indoor seating as well as a take out service for coffee, ice cream etc. There are lots of picnic benches dotted around as well. We always take a flask of hot chocolate and a picnic to keep us going. The toilet block is clean and easily accessible.

The Information centre has lots of leaflets and all the information you need to enjoy a lovely educational day out. We loved the fun ideas to make the most of your forest visit such as getting arty and making a picture in the ground like this one we made of a halloween spider or a leaf snake.

Car parking is £1 for one hour only or £4 for the whole day. This can be confusing as if you just want to stay 2 hours you would have to pay £4 for the whole day. However it is a complete bargain in my opinion as you don’t have to pay any admission to use the fantastic facilities on offer.

What I think I love best about Sherwood Pines is the simplicity of it. You can go just to pass an hour or so taking in the scenery, allowing the kids some free space in a safe environment or you can make a full day of it and bring a picnic, hire bikes or do a nature trail. Sherwood Pines is beautiful in the Autumn but it offers just as much fun and variety in all seasons. It is a great place to visit for the day, particularly in the week when it is a little quieter.

Disclaimer: We received a Forest Discovery Pass, which costs £40 a year and gives you free car parking and discounts on bike hire and cafe, in exchange for this review but all opinions are our own.

Also linking up with The Gallery where the theme this week is Autumn.. If you would like to see more similar posts click on The Gallery badge below..

And Fun Photo Fun who have also chosen Autumn as the theme..

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21 Responses to Sherwood Pines: Enjoying the Great Outdoors this Autumn #weloveforests

  1. […] the forest in the Autumn to blow off the cobwebs and see the stunning array of colours.  Here is one of our posts from shockingly enough two years ago – I absolutely adore these […]

  2. Susan Mann says:

    I know I’ve already commented but another for the list x

  3. […] – Sherwood Pines. We love Sherwood Pines and have shared our fun experiences here and here and […]

  4. […] Pines which is a brilliant family day out, perfect for blowing away the cobwebs as you can see here. The forest isn’t just about the great outdoors you can also get creative! Check out way we […]

  5. Susan Mann says:

    Those photos are gorgeous and what fun it looks like they are having x

  6. Amazing photographs…love how youve isolated the colour. Looks like you had a blast!

  7. Beautiful pictures. I can see why your blog is named how it is 🙂

  8. Ordinary Words….family bonding♫♪ One of these days I’ll try a Segway!

  9. Such handsome young men. Love these photos.

  10. Nikki Thomas says:

    That looks like really good fun. It is so important for kids to get out and do things like that. we have had some lovely woodland walks this year and the children love it. Gorgeous photos

  11. helloitsgemma says:

    We visited Sherwood late last week just to see the major oak.
    That playground looks fab – am sorry we missed it.

    • Louise says:

      This is a different part of the forest to where the Major Oak is (its near to center parks). Definitely worth a visit even just for the playground. X

  12. TheBoyandMe says:

    Your boys are beautiful and they look like they had such a great time playing in the woods and with that fabulous playground.

    Popping over from The Gallery.

  13. Used to live nearby and it was a favourite for my two boys for some years. Nice memories, thanks!

  14. wow looks like a gorgeous forest. love the wooden play stuff. B

  15. Charlotte says:

    I love Sherwood Pines!!! Love your photo collages! Thanks for linking up! x

  16. The forestry commission really seam to be helping get kids and families back to the woods. I love all the facilities on offer here. Thanks for sharing on Country Kids

  17. Alison says:

    Looks like a lovely day out

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