Tourist venues

Activities for everyone


Since the formation of The National Forest over 20 years ago the landscape of North West Leicestershire has become greener due to the millions of trees that have been planted. These newly planted areas together with disused railways, regenerated mining areas and ancient rocks and woodland make this part of Leicestershire a great place to get outdoors.

Whether you're looking for a sedate, gentle walk to see wildlife and enjoy peaceful surroundings or you're looking for adventure and country pursuits, you'll find lots to do in this local area.

Walking and trails

Country parks, town parks and trails offer walks and cycle trails for all abilities in North West Leicestershire and there are several accessible routes suitable for wheelchair users.

Sence Valley Forest Park in Ibstock was once a disused opencast colliery and has been tranformed into a diverse wildlife haven. It has woodland, lakes and a wildflower meadow, and has good access for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair visitors.

The Cloud Trail is a 13 mile cycle trail from Derby to Worthington which is part of the National Cycle Network and is suitable for cycling, horse riding and walking. It follows a dismantled railway path and flat and is traffic free, great for novices and children.

For more experienced walkers a more invigorating trail is the National Forest Way, a long distance trail that opened in 2014. It takes walkers on a fascinating journey through a transforming landscape at the heart of the Midlands. The route takes in 75 miles of public and permissive footpaths, crossing the length and breadth of The National Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire (the route can be walked from east to west or west to east).

There is an annual walking festival in The National Forest with lots of events for all ages and abilities. It takes place in May and the programme is always available here on this website.

Outdoor activities


Conkers in The National Forest has 120 acres of maturing woodland, lakes and ponds with an activity trail challenge, a fairy labyrinth, maze and wobbly bridge. It's a great place for children to let off steam.

Families can also take part in outdoor pursuits sessions that combine water sports with forest ranger activities.

If you're looking for something different to try, why not go alpaca walking? It takes you away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban life as you spend time with these calm and delightful creatures at Charnwood Forest Alpacas.

The Coalville Public Art Trail highlights various art installations in and around Coalville.  Included is the Hugglescote Bear, Phoenix Green Mural,  the Mother and Child statue and the Miners' Statue.

TrailAlso featured in the trail are the jewels in the town which are a series of mosaic panels which are sited one buildings around the town. Each panel drew its inspiration from the building itself or from some aspect of the history of Coalville.

Download the leaflet and map here.

Country Pursuits

Field Sport's experienced instructors offer clay pigeon shooting, archery, axe throwing, bushcraft activities and fire craft and lots more action packed days. 

 Whatever the weather you'll be able to let off steam at Rebound Inflatable Park in Ashby de la Zouch. Fun for all the Family. A  trip to Rebound is sure to work off surplus energy. 

Looking for Excitement?

Leicestershire is home to the world famous Donington Park but it's not just motor racing that takes place here. For the more adventurous visitor there are lots of different experiences available that will get your adrenelin racing! Both on track and off road experiences are on offer to those of you who are daring!


Cycle Track

Hicks Lodge

A purpose built cycle centre at Hicks Lodge near Moira has cycle hire and trails for all the family to enjoy. There's a 2km family forest trail which is a short loop and a 7km Shellbrook Trail which has technical features on a moderate graded single track suitable only for mountain bikes. Great for all ages and abilities.

Hicks Lodge
Last updated September 2018