Run of the Month: Lyndhurst Loop, New Forest
Created as a royal forest for deer hunting by William I in the 11th century,…
Distance: 7.5 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 114 metres
Start/finish: Edwinstowe Youth Hostel, NG21 9RN
Follow the southern edge of the forest L from the start and bear L at the next junction. Continue in the same direction across the Blackpool Plantation and past the Black Pool to a junction with the Robin Hood Way at Vals Hill. Turn R and follow this trail north and to the L of Hanger Hill onto Hanger Hill Drive to a path junction in the Boundary Plantation. Turn R here and follow the edge of the forest east, forking R and heading south-east on a bridleway across Budby South Forest. Follow this trail south back into Sherwood Forest Country Park but detouring off R to visit the Major oak. Return to the same path and follow it south back to the start.
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