Robin Hood Locations

Firstly,  it is most probably that the original Robin Hood was a fictional character, and the tales are almost certainly based on an the exploits of several outlaws roaming Northern England in the 13th Century .

Many of the stories (compiled centuries later) place Robin Hood's activities in south Yorkshire and north Nottinghamshire, and there are strong - if controversial -  claims for him being a Yorkshireman.

For a little more 'history go to the Resources Page.

Many places named in the tales do exist, although many lie outside Sherwood Forest. Indeed, Robin Hood was known to have visited many other parts of the world, notably Hollywood, CA., and was eventually buried
in the USA by the Disney Corporation in 1973.

A list of Notable Robin Hood Locations (with WAB/National Grid 10km Squares) can be found at the bottom of this page.  There are links to more sources of information on the Resources page.  Please note: these are suggestions not activations.

Definition of 'Robin Hood Country'

It is now generally accepted that Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman rather than from Nottingham, and the earliest ballads describe places spread far and wide across Northern England well beyond the bounds of Sherwood Forest.  The 'North Country' of England and the adjoining Scottish Borders were places where outlaws flourished. But they were also places far from the King's authority and where the King and the monasteries owned vast 'private' estates. These were all causes for resentment, and many of the North Country folk tales and songs have similar themes to the Robin Hood Legends.

There are many specific locations closely associated with Robin Hood  and mentioned in the early ballads and 'gestes'.  So, we can 'define' the areas which qualify for the Robin Hood Award quite widely. This map covers the area in which the RHA will operate (click for the full size view).

The areas included are: The Peak District; Nottinghamshire; most of Yorkshire; Derbyshire; Sherwood Forest; Charnwood Forest; the Forest of Bowland; Yorkshire Dales; North York Moors.

Many places in theses areas feature in the early Robin Hood ballads and tales, although the later romanticised stories (books, comics, cartoons and films) only focus on Nottingham and Sherwood Forest.

There are also many named localities associated with Robin Hood in other parts of the UK and even elsewhere in the world: these too qualify for the award.

The Sherwood Forest connection

This map, designed for Robin Hood fans, shows many of the places in Sherwood Forest which appear  in tales about Robin Hood.
Sherwood Forest Adventurer's Map
The Jury's Inn Map of Sherwood Forest

Click on the map to go to a fully-featured 'Jury's Inn' website about Robin Hood Country (open is a new window).

Some Notable Robin Hood Locations

There are many other places that may have associations with Robin Hood.

PlaceCountyNGR (BNGR)WAB 10km Square
Location & notesAccess & Permissions
Budby CastleNottinghamshireSK 620 699SK664km NW of OllertonPrivate. Permission always required
Centre TreeNottinghamshireSK 606 675SK66Sherwood Forest Country ParkPermission required
Clumber Park ChapelNottinghamshireSK 626 746SK67Near the visitor centreNational Trust; permission required except for /M maybe
Creswell CragsDerbyshireSK 533 743SK57Creswell Crags Visitor CentreOpening times and charges apply
Cross of St Edwin’sNottinghamshireSK 592 666SK56At edge of Sherwood Forest Country ParkFootpath. 370m from road
Druid StoneNottinghamshireSK 577 560SK551km W of BlidworthFootpath. 360m N of A6020 on footpath and parish boundary
Friar Tuck’s Well, Fountain DaleNottinghamshireSK 564 566SK55Fountaindale, 3km W of Blidworth. Near to footpath (581m from road)
Greasley CastleNottinghamshireSK 493 469SK44Lost village' and few remains.Private land (not accessible). Roadside has wide verges
King John’s PalaceNottinghamshireSK 603 647SK66
Kings Clipstone 8km NE Mansfield100m E of village centre. Permission required
Kirklees PriorySout YorkshireSE 170 222SE12Private estate, with rems of the priory Permission essential
Little John's GraveDerbyshireSK 233 818SK28Hathersage Church, Camp Greennot known
Major OakNottinghamshireSK 620 679SK66Sherwood Forest Country ParkPermission required
Mompesson’s CrossNottinghamshireSK 675 622SK66Eakring village centrenot known
Nottingham CastleNottinghamshireSK 570 394SK53City centrePermission always required
Parliament OakNottinghamshireSK 575 659SK56Laybynot known
Robin Hood (hamlet)DerbyshireSK 280 721SK272km E of Baslow (A619)not known
Robin Hood (hamlet)LancashireSD 520 114SD512km N of Appley Bridge.not known
Robin Hood (remote hill)CumbriaNY 530 059NY50Shap Fellnot known
Robin Hood (village)West Yorkshire.SE 325 275SE321km SW Rothley (A654)not known
Robin Hood & Little JohnCambridgeshireTL 137 983TL19Castor, W of Peterboroughnot known
Robin Hood AirportSouth Yorkshire

Does not countnot known
Robin Hood HillNottinghamshireSK 634 534SK65Near Oxton
Private land, no entry. Alternative: Rough Wood roadside SK 635 541 or on footpath
Robin Hood's ArbourBerkshire.SU 851 810SU88Maidenhead Thicket. 4km W of Maidenhead (A4)not known
Robin Hood's BallWiltshireSU 102 460SU143km WNW of LarkhillNear byways. Military Ranges nearby
Robin Hood's ButtsShropshireSO 430 964SO493km W of Church StrettonRoadside
Robin Hood's CaveNottinghamshireSK 665 708SK671km W of Walesby Footpath (600m) from road at SK 665 702
Robin Hood's CaveDerbyshireSK 243 835SK28Stanage EdgeFootpath. Roadside parking 1km S.
Robin Hood's CaveNottinghamshireSK 514 546SK55See Robin Hood's HillsPermission required
Robin Hood's CrossDerbyshireSK 186 802SK181km WNW of AbneyUnmade road
Robin Hood's GraveSomersetST 230 143ST21Blackdown Hills (B3170)Adjacent to road
Robin Hood's GraveWest YorkshireSE 174 215SE123km NW of Mirfield (A644). 100m NE of roadPrivate land, permission essential.
Robin Hood's HillsNottinghamshireSK 516 547SK551km N of Annesley (A611)Permission required
Robin Hood's Picking RodsLancashire / DerbyshireSK 008 909SK09Remote hillsFootpaths (road c.2km)
Robin Hood's Stride DerbyshireSK 225 620SK261.5km W of Birchover (A5056)Footpath (or road 320m)
Robin Hood's WellNottinghamshireSK 496 491SK441.5km NW of Moorgreen (B600) near Beauvale Priory (ruin).Private land. Alternative may be SK 497 489 (roadside – 100m)
Robin Hood's Well & Little John's WellDerbyshireSK 266 799 & SK 265 794SK27Longshaw Estate, National TrustPermission essential. Alternative c.SK 268 794 (roadside - 300m)
Robin Hood’s WhetstoneNottinghamshireSK54 57 ApproxSK55Location somewhere on busy A60 at Thieves Woodnot known
Rufford AbbeyNottinghamshireSK 644 647SK66Rufford Country ParkPermission required
Southwell MinsterNottinghamshireSK 702 538SK75Busy town centreTry the Memorial Gardens very close by
St Mary’s ChurchNottinghamshireSK 625 668SK66Edwinstowenot known
Steetley ChapelNottinghamshireSK 543 787SK57Pull-in from side road off A619. 4km W of Worksopnot known
The ‘Murder’ StoneNottinghamshireSK54 57 ApproxSK55Location somewhere on busy A60 Thieves Woodnot known
The Forester’s TombNottinghamshireSK 546 515SK55St James' Churchyard, PapplewickDifficult access. Permission may be required
Thieves WoodNottinghamshireSK 545 571SK554km S of MansfieldPermission may be required
Will Scarlett’s GraveNottinghamshireSK 585 556SK55St Mary's Churchyard, Blidworthnot known

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