Hicks Lodge

Due to very wet ground conditions the horse loop at Hicks Lodge is temporarily closed.

Visitor information

A great place to walk, cycle and much more!

In the heart of the National Forest, Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails for you to enjoy.

A great day out for the budding cyclist, from tearaway toddlers to young teens perfecting their skills, we’ve got a range of trails for beginner to intermediate appetites.

Visit our lakeside bird hide where you can soak in the beautiful scenery and spot some unique wildlife, such as the migratory sand martins. There are also walking and horse riding paths to explore the forest, a play area and a café!

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Feel Good in the Forest at Hicks Lodge

Forestry England's social prescribing project Feel Good in the Forest is aimed at improving the physical and mental health of those most in need. Based at Hicks Lodge and surrounding National Forest sites, join us for weekly walks and other activities.

What's on

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8 week programmes of Stretch and Stride walking and T'ai Ga activities available to sign up to.

Forest event
20 February, 09 March, 02 April, 04 May, 29 June
1:00pm to 4:15pm
Meet outside Grounds Cafe

Build up your knowledge and confidence of off-road cycling with our introduction courses. These will include a helmet, clothing and bike check, tips on what to take out for a ride...

Forest event
Every Thursday
10:45am to 11:30am
Meet outside Grounds Cafe

Every Thursday from 01 February you'll be able to join our CycleFit (women only) club at Hicks Lodge! This session will be run every Thursday for the foreseeable, 10:45-11:30.


With the family friendly, off road Wood Farm trail as well as the longer, more challenging Shell Brook trail, Hicks Lodge has cycle routes for all abilities. Find out about cycle...

​​​​​​This trail takes you into the young woodland around Hicks Lodge, there are stops along the way for you to relax with a picnic and enjoy the views. The Zig-Zags take you down...

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail...

Spending time amongst the trees and really noticing nature is scientifically proven to boost our mental and physical health. Take some time for you and try our new wellbeing trail


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Sensory garden at Rosliston

From surfaced trails and cycle routes to outdoor play areas, a cafe and a sensory garden, a visit to Rosliston Forestry Centre is a great day out for everyone! 

Rosliston Forestry...

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