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Gruffalo Spotters trail at Hicks Lodge

Follow the Gruffalo Spotters trail at Hicks Lodge, spot the signs and see what creatures you can find! With the amazing new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app, fun activity pack and trail, you’ll get to interact with all your favourite characters as you go in search of the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood. 

When visiting, it is important that you and your family follow social distancing guidelines and keep 2m apart from other groups where possible. Please remember to wash your hands before you start the trail and bring hand sanitiser to use while out in the forest.

For more information on staying safe during your visit, please read our FAQs.


How does it work?

1. Download the new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app

Point the brand new app at special markers along the trail and watch the characters from The Gruffalo story come to life. Thanks to amazing augmented reality technology, you’ll be able to interact with each of the characters as they appear within the forest around you. Capture the fun by taking videos and photos with your favourites!

Remember to download the app before you visit the forest.

Get it on the App Store  Get it on Google Play

2. Get your paws on the Gruffalo Spotters trail activity pack

Head to the café or bike shop to grab your activity kit, packed with fun things to do to help you spot the Gruffalo. Inside you'll find:

  • Gruffalo mask and paws
  • Activity leaflet
  • Crayon and pencil
  • Nature spotters game and instructions
  • Stickers

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their activity packs and wear a face covering during the purchase.

3. Follow the trail

The trail begins at the start of the Lake Loop. Complete fun family activities and learn about each animal from the book as you follow the new interactive trail.

There are also rubbings to complete and other characters to look out for as you go! Use the app to see the characters appear in the forest around you. 

© 1999 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Information about this trail

Hicks Lodge, Hicks Lodge, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote, LE65 2UP
The trail begins at the start of the Lake Loop. Activity packs are available to purchase from the café or bike shop during opening times and cost just £3.50.
Grade - Easy
Trail Length
Mostly level surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and pedestrians. Note that the route is also used by dog walkers, horses and cycles.
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.