FOLLOW IN the footsteps of ‘the Yorkshire Robin Hood’ in these six circular walks
and two short town trails.
Robin Hood is famous for his skirmishes with the Sheriff of Nottingham in Sherwood
Forest but if you go back to the earliest ballads you find that the trail leads to
Barnsdale Forest, 50 miles north of Nottingham.
How did Robin become an outlaw? Where did his rivalry with the Sheriff begin?
32 pages, full colour, picture maps, watercolours, photographs and pen and ink drawing
of the locations, 10 pages of historical comic strips putting the events of the ballads
into a historical context. Size 245mm x 172mm (9.7 x 6.8 inches)
Robin Hood locations
In Walks in Robin Hood's Yorkshire, I followed the path of one man's life, as it
has come down to us through ballads and the historical record, by walking the actual
locations. Not much remains on the ground from the period, apart from a medieval
church, a chantry chapel on a bridge and the ruins of castles and abbeys, but the
topography hasn't changed - rivers, higher ground, towns and the Great North Road
are in the same relative positions.
If you walk the eight trails in this booklet you’ll appreciate the strong influence
of the shape of the land on the specific locations described in the ballads and the
chronicles. You’ll see why the outcome of a battle between the king and the rebel
barons hinged on a river crossing, why a particular rocky outcrop should have been
described as an outlaws’ look-out post, how the Out Wood and four deer parks provided
the setting for medieval Wakefield (home of the historical Robert Hode) and why a
rocky bluff overlooking Pontefract was chosen as the stronghold of the most powerful
baron in the land.