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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

5.5 miles miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Hicks Lodge National Forest


The loop starts and finishes on the Family Forest Trail short loop but provides the chance to experience off-road trails and to progress skills and fitness levels. Taking riders around the whole site and mixed woodlands, it may be rough and uneven and includes jumps, bumps and berms. Suitable for mountain bikes only.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

My twelve year old daughter and I had a great ride today. She's not technically proficient, so the blue route was a great entry to mountain biking for her.

It's a short run, only 45 minutes with breaks and doubling up on some sections, but great fun.

We will definitely be returning and my daughter will certainly improve and hopefully be ready for The Chase this summer!!

Grant, 7/Apr/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

Its a great place for mountain bike begginers to learn their skills with plenty of berms and small jumps. Fast gravel tracks but lacking in trail technicality but still worth visiting. Although this place is crying out for a red route in the near future. It would really put this place on the map. Looking forward to the new red route. Nice cafe which is up to trail centre standards.

Anonymous, 17/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

A great day for families with young children. Cycle trails, a small adventure playground and a nice cafe. The blue trail is fun for children with bumps and switchbacks - we took our 5 and 7 year old on the blue run (Shell Brook Trail) with no problems and they really enjoyed it - they are both competent on bikes though. I can't recommend this location enough for families, great trails through trees and open land with plenty of points to stop on the way and of course no cars. Hick's Loddge is great for a half day (even a couple of hours) but if you are planning to spend the whole day you might need to do the trails a couple of times. Altogether recommended but if you are looking for thrills and spills head for Sherwood Pines or Cannock Chase both of which cover a much larger area and have red and black trails as well.

bakerfamily, 2/Feb/2014

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Educational
  • Visitor centre
  • Arts
  • Look out for one of six Noon Columns that are dotted across The National Forest.
  • Cycling
  • A cycle route links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock.
  • Fishing
  • Allowed on Goss Water by permit. Contact the office on 01889 586593.
  • Horse riding
  • A Bridleway links Heather village to the A447 Ravenstone Road at Ibstock. See OS Explorer Map 245 for more details.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The National Trust owned Staunton Harold Chapel is accessible from the car park.
  • 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 as well as a natural play area and indoor soft play facility for younger children.
  • Walking
  • Three public footpaths already run through this new planting site and new footpaths will be created to take walkers through the new planting as well as the existing woodland.
  • Wildlife
  • A Bird Hide over looks Stonebridge Pool and a seasonal wetland scrape.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK 329 155
Postcode: LE65 2UP

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