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…
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.
Everything you need to know to plan your visit, find out about our facilities, opening times and car park charges...
Amazing bike trails, adventure play, walking and so much more...
Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Hicks Lodge
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...
Hicks Lodge hosts a wide range of exciting events and activities, xc racing, running races and horse rides, there is lots going on...
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?
4 StarsKris, 31/Jul/2016
First time here. As a seasoned cyclist I felt the trail a good cross country set up. It's not steep anywhere and there are no red routes. All is suitable for families. Can certainly recommend
5 StarsEddy, 12/Jul/2016
We love coming to Hicks Lodge, when we have a spare three quid for parking. It's a great ride with a young rider and he can choose the length depending on energy levels. Our dog trots along next to us - perfect. Great facilities, friendly staff but I can on the website looking for an email address for the cycle shop and cant find it!
Forestry Commission Response
Contact email for the cycle shop, thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org
5 StarsPhil Owen, 17/Apr/2016
On behalf of the Midland Masters Athletic club, we would like to thank Patrick ,Wendy and the girls for their hard work and expertise making our event a tremendous success.