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I remember waking up to a completely clear blue sky one morning in Autumn last year, excited for the day ahead and so grateful the terrible weather we’d been having that week had held of. It was my birthday and my boyfriend had organised a surprise for me in the form of an activity. I couldn’t think of what it could be, since he made it clear it was more than going for drinks at The Boilermaker. So we headed out and he led the way to a taxi which took us to the edge of Sherwood Forest.

“I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenery was – the trees that lined the clear sky consisted of every shade of red and orange you could imagine”

I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenery was – the trees that lined the clear sky consisted of every shade of red and orange you could imagine, and the grass was bright under in the sunlight and fresh with dew. We soon arrived at Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre and were greeted with helmets and horses. Unlike my boyfriend, I’d never ridden a horse before so I was quite nervous, but the workers put me at ease when they gestured to my horse – a small black and white one, which looked very mellow and friendly.

Sherwood Forest

We were led along one of the various peaceful routes – just the two of us – around fields and through forested areas where we were able to take in the beauty of such a historic place. This lasted about an hour, and also involved seeing the Creswell Crags, a limestone valley consisting of various caves and a lake, exhibiting archaeological remains of animals and objects from 50,000 years ago.

“We were led along one of the various peaceful routes – just the two of us – around fields and through forested areas where we were able to take in the beauty of such a historic place”

Although Sherwood Forest is in north Nottinghamshire and therefore quite a journey from Nottingham itself, it is undoubtedly worth a visit. I can’t emphasise enough how stunning the scenery was here, making this horseriding experience in the home of Robin Hood completely unmissable. Whether it’s for a romantic date or just a fun day out for anyone wanting something a bit different from Nottingham city centre, I would recommend this in a heartbeat.

For more information, visit http://www.colouredcob.co.uk/

Jill Forsdick

Images: Jill’s own.

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