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Explore Hicks Lodge
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.8/5)

Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and creating exciting new trails for you to enjoy. From tearaway toddlers getting their first taste of cycling to young teens perfecting their skills or families walking the dog, we’ve got a great day out just waiting for you…

Dog play and trainingTop Tips for Dog Walking 

Leisurely stroll or hardened walker these are tips that every dog walker should know. There are also some dog friendly places to stay or eat out locally.

Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Hicks Lodge. From the 8 December, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the cafe for just £3.

Planning your visit

Everything you need to know to plan your visit, find out about our facilities, opening times and car park charges...

Things to do

Amazing bike trails, adventure play, walking and so much more...

Adventure play and learning

Woodlands are a fantastic place for play, learning and personal development. Find out how your next visit to Hicks Lodge can be a voyage of discovery...

What's on

Hicks Lodge hosts a wide range of exciting events and activities, xc racing, running races and horse rides, there is lots going on...

Volunteer work parties

Hicks Lodge has a weekly volunteer work party every Tuesday undertaking a range of tasks from conservation management to site maintenance. We also venture out on the first Sunday of every month as well.

The National Forest is an area of 200 square miles across the 3 counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, where massive woodland creation and countryside tranformation is being carried out. The forest is being expanded, with the aim of linking the ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood, for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.

New woodlands will complement ancient woodland, meadows, lakes and rivers, parks, towns and other visitor attractions to create a new forest for the nation.

The National Forest EXPLORE leaflet, giving a map of where the Forestry Commission sites are in the area, is available here to download as a pdf.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely amazing I love the bike trails and the people are so nice.

Anonymous, 26/Aug/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Wonderful day out with our granddaughter on The Gruffalo Spotter trail, slightly spoiled by speeding cyclists which made it dangerous for a toddler. We were constantly having to grab hold of her and move out of the way for cyclists of all ages who seem to think it was great fun to go as fast as possible along the gravel track . The young children on cycles were fine but the young teenagers and adults were going dangerously fast.

ROGER REEVES', 8/Aug/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Wonderful place well looked after brilliant for all the family. Could do with a bigger car park and better play area for kids and I'd give it top marks!

Lloyd Upton, 18/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 6th December 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Dogs
  • Educational
  • Gradient (easy)
  • Gradient (moderate)
  • Horse riding
  • Litter bin
  • No Fishing
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering is an activity that improves map reading and navigational skills. You can run, jog or walk courses of various lengths and difficulty and it is enjoyed by all ages from under 5 to over 90. Free maps and information from Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
  • Picnic
  • There are 3 picnic areas within the grounds.
  • Play area
  • The site has an outdoor adventure play ground with equipment designed for all ages.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK 329155
Postcode: LE65 2UP

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