Route details

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    5 miles 

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    2.5 hours

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    OS Explorer maps 245

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    OS Grid Ref


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    Ticknall Village Hall (DE73 7JW) 

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    Path type

    Roads, unsurfaced paths, tracks, woodland trails and farmland

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    Unsurfaced paths may be muddy in wet weather

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  • NFW Stage 6 - Eastbound

    NFW Stage 6 - Eastbound

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  • NFW Stage 6 - Westbound

    NFW Stage 6 - Westbound

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This stage of the route takes you to the most northerly point of the National Forest Way – Hangman’s Stone. You continue to Foremark Reservoir and the dramatic Millstone Grit of Carvers Rocks before entering rolling countryside and swathes of new woodland planting.


Walk highlights


Ticknall is an attractive village that until recently was largely owned by the Calke Abbey estate. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, the village was busy with lime quarries and potteries. The imposing arch on the main road carried a lime tramway through the Calke estate to the Ashby canal.

Foremark Reservoir & Carver’s Rocks

Foremark Reservoir is a haven for wildlife with an abundance of flora and fauna. At the southern tip of the reservoir, the Millstone Grit of Carver’s Rocks towers above you: a brief nod to the geology of the Peak District in The National Forest.

Hartshorne Bog & Buildings Farm Woods

An attractive boardwalk and woodland path leads you through Hartshorne Bog into the network of interconnected woodlands that form Buildings Farm Woods and Hartshorne Woods. Colourful trees such as cherry and avenues of rowans blossom each spring to create interest.


Hartshorne village is set amongst pleasant hilly farmland. The church of  St Peter contains the family tomb of the Dethick family, one of whom went to Cleves  to find a fourth wife for  Henry VIII. 



  • Car Parking
  • Grassy Paths
  • Picnic Area

Where to eat

  • Foremark Reservoir Kiosk
  • The Bulls Head Hartshorne

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