Open every day except Christmas Day.
From Ashby Road take Willesley Woodside. The carpark for Hicks Lodge will be on the right.
There is no public transport to this site.
Parking charges apply at Hicks Lodge.
You can now use RingGo at Hicks Lodge which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.
Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:
1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.
And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.
If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.
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.
The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
The government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make and only travel a short distance within your local area to exercise. Our car parks and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally.
Please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when considering a visit.
You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.
If you are planning to visit us, please be aware that we may have to close the forest if it gets too busy and you may need to make the necessary decision to turn around and come another time. Please don't park on the roadside and verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users.
Currently we have limited services available, please keep checking this page for updates. 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.
When you visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the 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 open. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules:
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.