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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

 

Weekdays

Monday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Tuesday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Wednesday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Thursday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 8pm
Friday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm

Weekends

Saturday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Sunday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm

How to find us

How to find us
Hicks Lodge, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote
Sat Nav Postcode: LE65 2UP
By Car

From Ashby Road take Willesley Woodside. The carpark for Hicks Lodge will be on the right.

By Public Transport

There is no public transport to this site.

OS Grid Ref
SK 329 155

52.7364716, -1.5141606

Parking and prices

The charge for the dedicated horse box parking area is £5. You will need a key for parking here. Please collect this on arrival from the café.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £3.00
All day £5.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 5

Facilities and access

Visiting Hicks Lodge 

We have reopened our car park. We are sure many people will be  keen to get out and about,  so to  avoid crowds  please be  aware you may need to be prepared to make the  necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy and come another time.  Please don't park on the verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users. 

Currently, some of our other visitor facilities are closed or are operating at a limited capacity. We are working hard to find a way to reopen all our facilities but will only do so when we are happy that it is safe for our visitors and staff alike and that the social distancing advice of staying 2 metres apart from other people is possible. Please support us as we are doing  our  best  for  you: be kind to our staff and your fellow visitors.  

Some toilet facilities have been made available at Hicks Lodge, but these are limited and not our usual toilets. You may experience a wait to use these facilities. Please bear this in mind and thank you for your patience.

ToiletsLimited temporary toilets
Play area (s)Open
CafeTakeaway service only
Walking trailsOpen
Cycling trailsOpen
Horse loopOpen
Car parkOpen
Bird hideClosed

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

The children’s play area is now open. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules:

  • Take personal responsibility for yourself and those in your care.
  • Everybody - maintain a 2m distance, whether using equipment or waiting.
  • Be kind and patient - if the equipment is busy please wait or come back later.
  • Sanitise your hands before and after touching equipment and everybody wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can.
  • Do not eat or drink while using equipment, and please take your litter away with you.

Protect the NHS by avoiding high risk activities. Ride within your abilities and play it safe. We have adapted our first aid response to take account of Covid-19 and we may not be able to provide our usual level of help.

 

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Contact details

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!

At a glance

  • 1 walking trail
  • 2 cycling trails
  • 1 seasonal horse riding trail
  • Play area
  • Bike hire
  • Café
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome
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