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Getting Around

One of the beauties of this area is the fact it is so easily accessible from the M1, M6, A50, M42 and A38. Centrally located in the country and with the excellent road network in and around the Forest, far-flung families often choose this area for get-togethers.

Download cycle routes and find out where to hire a bike in our cycling section.

By Road


For visitors travelling by car or coach, The National Forest is easily accessible from the M1, M42/A42, A50, A511 and the A38.

By bus


Information on bus and coach timetables is available from:

Visit top attractions on The National Forest Hopper

By rail


There are stations at Burton upon Trent, Derby, Willington, Tutbury & Hatton, Lichfield, Tamworth, Leicester and Loughborough.

By air


East Midlands Airport is located within The National Forest & Beyond area. Tel: 0871 919 9000

Both Coventry Airport and Birmingham Internation Airport can be reached within an hour's drive time.

Need a map?

Need a map?

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 245 (The National Forest), 246 (Loughborough) and 233 (Leicester) cover the whole National Forest & Beyond area. Order your copy.

Order: The National Forest Shop

Walking in The National Forest

Group of people walking

Walk among a sea of snowdrops in February, a blanket of bluebells in May or through the Forest's fiery displays of reds and golds in Autumn. Download fantastic walks across the three counties of the Forest - Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Read more: Walking

Help for Disabled Visitors

Disabled visitors at war memorial

Many attractions and accommodation venues have additional facilities for disabled visitors. Download details on these venues.

Read more: Help for disabled visitors (1.52mb)