men in tights or prince of thieves?

May 7th, 2010

robin hood

Everyone has a favorite, and now there’s a new version of the oft-dramatized tale to throw into the mix. The upcoming Robin Hood movie, starring brooding bad boy Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, hits theaters May 14.  The filmmakers used National Trust properties throughout England to create the medieval world of Sherwood Forest. The best part – all Robin Hood buffs can check out the filming locales free of charge after joining the Royal Oak Foundation before crossing the pond. (The US affiliate of the National Trust costs just $55 to join and grants FREE entry into any National Trust property.)

Visit Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire and wander the woods used as Robin’s road to London, or walk on the sand at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire where they conjured an epic battle on the beach. Finish the tour with a trip to Dovedale where the closing scenes were shot, and cross the River Dove on the famous stepping stones.

Check out the trailer!

More about the properties…

Ashridge Estate


© NTPL / Michael Caldwell

Wander down the great network of footpaths and bridleways and see the rich variety of wildlife. The ancient woodlands are carpeted with spring bluebells and house historical remains from the Iron Age to the Victorian era.

Freshwater West


© NTLP / Richard Ellis

This national nature reserve is a haven for rare wildlife like otters and chough and boasts walks along the coast, lakes, and woodlands. There are great beaches for families and surfers, and the area is rich in archeology from prehistoric settlement to 18th-century grandeur.




The dramatic scenery draws people to the Dovedale area. The limestone ravines, tranquil woodlands, and wildflowers have made it one of the top five visited sites in the Peak District. Don’t forget to hop across the iconic stepping stones to cross the River Dove.

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