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Sherwood Forest Explorer - Private Walking Tours
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and legendary Major Oak

Discover the history beneath the trees. Walking tours with expert Archaeologists.
Leave the crowds behind to explore the hidden history and stories of the beautiful
Sherwood Forest Landscape of Legends.


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Sherwood Forest & The Major Oak  -

Guided tours of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Major Oak

Get off the beaten track and explore the ancients trees and heathland of Robin Hood’s world famous Forest, with expert guides…

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Wander in the woods of Sherwood Forest Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Legendary hideaway of Robin Hood Medusa Oak Sherwood Forest An Ancient Oak Tree in Sherwood Forest

As seen on the Explorer’s Road.


For more information about tours, and to request booking information and prices please email at:

 info@culturalhetritageuk.com


About your tour guide:


Andy Gaunt,


As well as his work at Cultural Heritage, Andy is a Director and Archaeologist at Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.



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Robin Hood and the Monk:

In summer when the shaws be sheen
And the leaves be large and long,
It is full merry in fair Forest
To hear the fowles song,
To see the deer draw to the dale,
And leave the hilles hee,
And shadow them in the leaves green
Under the Greenwood tree…

This introduction to the medieval ballad ‘Robin Hood and the Monk’ describes the medieval Forest home of our legendary outlaw hero in Sherwood Forest.


The poem is the oldest surviving ballad that describes the adventures of Robin Hood, dating to the early 15th century.

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is the home of Robin Hood.

The Major oak, a 1,000 year old English Oak tree, is his legendary hideaway.

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is made up of 375 hectares of ancient woodland and heathland.

The nature reserve is home to hundreds of veteran oak trees, and is visited by over 350,000 people a year.


Leave the crowds behind and explore…


Come and join us on a walking tour of around the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve with Cultural Heritage’s very own expert tour guide, archaeologist and historian Andy Gaunt, and leave the crowds behind to explore the hidden history and stories of this beautiful forest.



As you wander through ancient oak trees…..


On this fun and educational tour Andy will teach you all about the history of Sherwood Forest including, tales of medieval outlaws, Kings, hunting, Foresters and everyday life in the time of Robin Hood.


He will also tell you about the ballads and legends of Robin Hood and their links to the landscape.


The tour not only visits many archaeological features in the woods but also discusses the ecology both current and historic of this magical landscape,


It also covers subjects ranging from culture and anthropology to ethno-botany and ancient bushcraft.




Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours

He runs the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project a long-term research project in the heart of the world famous Forest.


An experienced tourist guide and heritage tourism practitioner he is the leading expert on the archaeology and history of Sherwood Forest and is renowned for his unrivalled knowledge of the landscape, history, archaeology and heritage of the Sherwood Forest landscape.






As part of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Andy is leading the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey and as such knows the archaeology of the ancient forest better than anyone.


Andy regularly talks and presents on archaeology to groups and at conferences, and is passionate about teaching and education.


He has made a number of TV appearances as an expert on Sherwood Forest, including in the UK on the BBC, Channel Four (Walking Through History, and site consultancy for Time Team), and Channel Five (Secrets Beneath Britain), as well as internationally including for ARTE (France & Germany), He has been interviewed a number of times on BBC Radio 4 including the ‘Making History’ show, and provided consultancy for BBC Radio 3. He has also been interviewed in magazines and for newspapers including in the United States, and UK.

Medieval heathland in Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

All set against the backdrop of the ancient oaks of the Forest, and the wonderful heather-clad heath-land that make up this
Landscape of Legends…



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