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Edwinstowe (meaning resting place of Edwin) is where Robin Hood allegedly had his camp in Sherwood Forest. The local church, St.Mary's claims to be where he married Maid Marrion.

Surrounded by all that remains of Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe is now an ex-pit village (i.e. it was dominated by the coal mining industry) and contains no less than seven pubs, at least two Chinese take-aways, three Curry houses and a Chip Shop called (wait for it) Robin Hood's Plaice. The inhabitants (numbering about 5000) surely know a thing or two about greasy food and drink!

The forest has a visitor centre with the usual tacky Robin Hood dross one finds in such places and what is euphemistically described as a fair ground where all the rides involve sitting on something that goes around a track of only two meter's radius and cost at least a pound (fair also smells of dog poo and burgers).

However, the forest itself is a beautiful place if one keeps off the tourist tracks and heads deeper than the square mile around the visitor centre.

Another tip, the local council seem to have realised people want to visit the forest so charge appallingly high prices for the car park. Its best to park on the rather twee newish housing estate that backs on to the forest and walk through an alley. Hint - Paddock Close (a wierd name as there is no paddock and its not a "close" i.e. cul-de-sac) is the best place to park - although avoid the locals who seem to be constantly mowing the lawn / washing their car / sweeping the drive in order to keep an eye on you.

Oh yeah - the youth hostel is excellent, relatively new and well furnished.

Edwinstowe is great if you want a Robin Hood fix but other than that it ain't got a lot goin' for it.