COVID-19 Statement: 

As the pandemic moves into the next stage, the government is now advising (from Wednesday 13 May) that we can take unlimited exercise in the outdoors, on our own, or with members of our household. It is still vital to observe social distancing by keeping the 2m (6ft) safe distance away from others.

The woodlands and green spaces of the National Forest offer easily accessible trails and paths for walking and cycling, which are there for us all to make use of to help with our physical and mental health. Please check relevant websites to check if sites and carparks are open. For information in regards to our events, please visit the individual events pages on our website or monitor our social media profiles for information.

For more information in regards to COVID-19 please see Gov.uk and the NHS guide for information.

The National Forest is a story of regeneration.

25 years ago, large swathes of the Midlands landscape had been left scarred by centuries of coal mining and other heavy industry. But a passionate group of people had a vision: a forest. The first forest to be created at scale in England for over 1000 years, it transformed and literally turned the landscape from black to green. But the story doesn't stop here. This is Our National Forest. It belongs to us all. The benefits must be felt by you and everyone to be truly sustainable.

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Activities

Activities

Accommodation

Accommodation

Attractions

Attractions

Food and drink

Food and drink

Shopping

Shopping

Events

Events

Where we are

Here is a map of the United Kingdom indicating on it, the location of The National Forest, just north west of Birmingham.

The National Forest is right in the heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood. With a history of coalmining and heavy industry, the landscape is now that of rolling farmland, ancient forests and new planted woodlands. Its main towns and villages include Burton upon Trent (famous for its brewing), Coalville and Swadlincote (formerly associated with the clay and coal mining industries) and the historic town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

What we do
Support our work
Join us on a 75 mile walk
Find walks in the Forest
Join us for Timber festival