The National Forest Trek

Beacon Hill in Charnwood is the starting point of the National Forest Trek, now in its second year and taking place 9 -11 September along the 75-mile National Forest Way. The route reveals the best the National Forest has to offer across a wide variety of landscapes. 

 “The Trek challenged us in every way – physically, emotionally, and mentally, but the team spirit and camaraderie, both from the National Forest Trek teams and the other walkers, really pushed us through and the sense of achievement we felt once we’d completed it… it was amazing” – 2021 National Forest Trekker.  

75 miles, 3 days, plenty of fun! 

The route reveals the best the National Forest has to offer across a wide variety of landscapes. You’ll explore areas you might know and plenty of hidden gems along the way too, from the almost primeval ancient landscapes of Charnwood with its rocky outcrops, rolling hills and parkland, iconic views and some of the best wildlife spots in the region; through to places steeped in fascinating industrial heritage across the heart of the Forest, showcasing the extraordinary landscape transformation that’s taken place over the last three decades, where open cast mining has been replaced by newly planted woodland, thriving wetlands and colourful wildflower meadows. Finally, with the end nearly in sight, you’ll take in the pretty villages of Needwood before an atmospheric and emotive finish at the striking National Memorial Arboretum, a place of reflection and remembrance.  

The National Forest Trek will be an exhilarating way to challenge yourself this year – training over the summer, then undertaking one, two or the whole three-day adventure in the company of your friends, family or colleagues. You’ll have a lot of fun enroute, and you can use the experience to raise funds for a cause that’s important to you if you wish. The whole weekend is supported: everything is taken care of, with great food, drink and snacks provided throughout, options to camp along the way with transfers for both you and your luggage should you chose to walk the entire route. We’re not saying it will be easy, but imagine the thrill as you soak up the wonderful atmosphere, spurred on by your fellow trekkers and our supportive team.  


For more information visit  Group enquiries are very welcome; please contact Chris  Ward at the National Forest Company for information on the packages available.