The permissive horse loop is now closed for the winter. The trail will open again in the spring. Riders are still wecome to ride the loop around the lake and public bridleway.

Horse Riding at Hicks Lodge

We welcome horses and riders at Hicks Lodge. We have a permissive route which is open throughout the spring and summer months and takes you through a large part of the outer Forest on maintained grassy tracks. 

Planning a visit? Please take a look at this essential information before arriving. 

Horse riding is permitted at Hicks Lodge.

You will be able to re-fuel at the cafe whilst making use of our purpose built horse corral with mounting block and parking is easy in the dedicated and secure horse-box car park. The specific horse trail is not shared, however please be mindful when riding as you may come across walkers. The trail also crosses cycling and walking trails. The loop around the lake is shared and very busy so consideration should be given to all.

The trail is shown on the map and there is a board in the horse box car park that also has the trail on.

The permissive horse route is open during spring and summer. The loop around the lake is a public bridleway and links to Donisthorpe and Moira public bridleways, these are open access and can be ridden all year round.

The horse loop is situated on the opposite side of the road from the cafe, this is where the car parking for horses is.

Activity Information

Hicks Lodge, Hicks Lodge, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote, LE65 2UP
The trail can be accessed via a gate from the horse box parking.
Please follow the horse route markers.
Part of the horse riding trails are shared, please be aware of other forest users.
Trail Length
2 miles
Parking
There is dedicated horse box parking. You will need to collect a key from the bike shop in the cafe on arrival to access the dedicated parking area. Please ensure you pay and display. Charge £6. Please note this all closes with the trail.