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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?

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Hicks Lodge is a great site.So glad you have curtailed the parking on the road. It will be safer for everyone. I felt the on road parking was an accident waiting to happen.

Melinda Bell, 9/Aug/2018
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been here today for the first time 7/6/18 and like it a lot, good trails,cafe, staff , parking the lot. will be back soon, many thanks to all.

brian jackson, 7/Jun/2018
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Had a fab time at Hicks lodge yesterday with fab cycling trails for all the family. (Between us we did them all) Loved how the difficult trail interlinked with an easier one great for our 5 and 8 year olds to have a challenge at their own level without having to split the family for long periods of time.

Sarah Ensor, 13/Apr/2018
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Last updated: 3rd August 2018

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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.


OS Grid ref: SK 329155
Postcode: LE65 2UP

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