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Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre


Contact Hicks Lodge directly on 01530 274533.

Hicks Lodge, which is owned by the Forestry Commission, is a fantastic day out for the whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of The National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety of trails to explore.

The trails are graded according to their difficulty - so you can choose flat and easy paths or the more difficult twists and turns of the singletrack trails.

The Hicks Lodge Trail, a flat and wide 2km path around the lake, is great for walkers, cyclists and even horses.

The Family Forest Trail (2km short loop and 4.5km long loop) takes you on an exploration across the whole site, there are some hilly bits but it’s still suitable for bikes, trikes, tagalongs, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The Wood Farm Trail (2.5km) introduces cyclists to easy singletrack and the Shell Brook Trail (7km) brings on more technical features on a moderate graded singletrack which is suitable only for mountain bikes.

If you’re making a day of it you can stop halfway round the Family Forest Trail at the fantastic viewpoint for a picnic.

Warm up afterwards in the stunning eco-friendly visitor centre with café, bike hire and repair shop, showers and a wood-burning stove for chilly days.

Download the cycle centre leaflet in the links to the right for more information including a map of how to get here.

Although designed for families, watch some top cyclists in action at Hicks Lodge in the 2012 Midlands XC Series which took place on 19th February 2012.


The trails are free to use. There is a small car parking charge: £1 per hour up to a maximum of £3 for the day.

The centre has been developed through a partnership of the Forestry Commission and the National Forest Company, and is particularly suitable for families and novice cyclists.

The project has been funded by 6Cs Strategic Green Infrastructure Growth Fund and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. It is another outstanding environmentally sustainable building by architects Pick Everard, after their success with YHA National Forest.  The Cycle Centre visitor centre is heated by a wood chip boiler, energy generation is by solar panels and the building uses recycled rainwater.


Loads to see and do key

Accepts Credit Cards Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Conference Facilities Conference Facilities
Cycle Hire Cycle Hire
Cycle Trails Cycle Trails
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
Free WiFi Connection Free WiFi Connection
Horse Riding Trails Horse Riding Trails
Open All Year Open All Year
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

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Heather Scarecrow Festival
31 July 2016 to 07 August 2016
11:00 to 18:00

Once a year, in the nicest possible way, the good people of Heather go ever so slightly insane. Throughout the village the gardens are dotted with scarecrows. Scores and Scores of them, some of celebs, some of the topical, many of them cheerfully daft, and all competing for the votes of the people who come for miles around to see them.

It’s for 8 days from Sunday 31st July 2016.

Free Parking at Heather St John's Football Club, Ravenstone Road, Heather LE67 2QJ and the Village Hall on Swepstone Road.

Refreshments available.

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Willesley Woodside
Ashby de la Zouch
LE65 2UP

01530 274533

Hicks Lodge Trails Map

Opening times

Site, Daily, 8am - 8pm
Cafe, Mon - Wed & Fri, 9am - 5pm
Cafe, Thurs, 9am - 9pm
Cafe, Sat - Sun, 9am - 5pm


Car parking charges apply.

£1 per hour, £3 all day.


Arriva buses 9 and 9A provide a combined half-hourly service between Coalville and Burton upon Trent. Both services start from Leicester St. Margaret's Bus Station as 29 and 29A.

(Mon-Sat only)
(get off at Norris Hill, Chestnut Close)
10 min walk to Hicks Lodge

9 (every day)
(get off at Norris Hill, Woodlands Way / Blackfordby Lane)
15 min walk to Hicks Lodge

Plan your journey at


Burton on Trent or Tamworth