The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
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

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.

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 

This forest will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise.If you would like to visit, make sure you plan ahead and follow the latest Government guidance for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.  

We are sure many people will be keen to use their local forest, if you are planning to visit us, please be aware that we may have to close the forest if it gets too busy. We know this is frustrating but please be aware you may need to make the necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy 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.

ToiletsOpen
CafeTakeaway only
Bike ShopOpen
Walking TrailsOpen
Cycling TrailsOpen
Permissive Horse LoopClosed
Car ParkOpen
Bird HideClosed
Play Area (s)Open

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:

  • 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.

 

Contact details

Activities at Hicks Lodge

Little girl climbing in play area
Children's play area at Hicks Lodge
Man cycling at Hicks Lodge
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Hicks Lodge
bench in front of a lake
Walking at Hicks Lodge
Bird hide next to lake at hicks lodge
Bird hide at Hicks Lodge
Child on Gruffalo Spotters trail
Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Hicks Lodge
Horse Corral at Hicks Lodge
Horse Riding at Hicks Lodge
couple enjoying a picnic in a clearing within a forest
Picnics at Hicks Lodge
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