Sherwood Pines sits in Nottinghamshire, the fabled home of Robin Hood. Unfortunately, Robin Hood never slayed trails on a bike. Truth be told, if Robin Hood wanted to have shredded some gnar I think he would’ve got his merry men together and rode further afield in search of some altitude.

Enough of the Robin Hood references, lets get down to it. Sherwood Pines is fairly easy to get to from our side. It’s pretty much straight down the motorway then a couple of A roads. It’s always easy to find parking and there’s always room to leave the car fairly close to the start of the trails and the cafe. Paying the £6 or £7 it costs for the day’s worth of parking seems a little steep to me, but it’s not really out of average for a Forestry Commission car park so I won’t quibble too much about that.

Speaking of the cafe, it’s not bad. It serves hot food, has a decent selection of sandwiches and some indoor seating. It does seem to close somewhat early though. The last trip we made down there finished at sunset and, after some boggy off-piste, I was looking forward to a nice cup of coffee to perk me back up for the journey home. The cafe was shut. Thankfully, McDonalds rescued me on the way home.

The trails themselves are average, in my opinion. Sherwood Pines is built on relatively flat ground with very little altitude to play with so what they have done with what they’ve got isn’t bad. It’s just not great either. In a similar fashion to Dalby Forest (which I reviewed here), I find that cross-country riders would be most pleased at Sherwood Pines. There’s a couple of good sections of trails that are fairly rewarding, but only if you’re prepared to put in what seems an endless amount of pedalling for not much of a reward.