Stage 6 National Forest Way: Ticknall & Hartshorne
The National Forest Way takes walkers on a 75-mile journey through a transforming landscape.
This 5-mile stage includes the northern-most point on the National Forest Way, Hangman's Stone. Highlights of the stage include Foremark Reservoir and the dramatic rock formations at Carver's Rocks.
The trail passes through swathes of new woodland plantations and Hartshorne Bog, with its board walk, fallen trunks and wet woodland flowers.
Points of Interest
Hartshorne village is set amongst pleasant hilly farmland. The Church of St Peters contains the family tomb of the Dethick family, one of whom went to Cleves to find a fourth wife for Henry VIII.
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.
Foremark Reservoir and 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.
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.