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National Forest Way

121 km / 75 miles

Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire
After four years of planning, the walking route was opened in May 2014. It 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. The trail leads through young and ancient woodlands, hidden valleys, along canal towpaths, visits the market town of Ashby de la Zouch and celebrates the industrial heritage of this changing landscape at the heart of the Midlands. Walkers will witness the area’s evolution from a rural landscape, through industrialisation and its decline, to the modern-day creation of a new forest, where 21st century life is threaded through a mosaic of green spaces and settlements.

The National Forest Way is accompanied by leaflets, online information and clear signage, and has links into the main towns across the Forest. More information may be found on the link below at www.nationalforestway.co.uk. It will attract people who love walking, exploring the English countryside and discovering new places. The National Forest Trail Cycle Route 40km (25miles) is a figure of eight route around part of The National Forest from the visitor centre at Conkers visiting Moira, Donisthorpe, Acresford, Netherseal, Coton in the Elms, Rosliston, Caldwell, Catton, Croxall, Edingale, Lullington, Overseal and Spring Cottage.

The National Forest is regenerating a large area surrounded by the cities of Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. Embracing 200 square miles of central England, it is transforming the landscape with the aim of linking the two ancient Forests of Charnwood on its eastern fringe with Needwood Forest to its west. Within its boundary are miles of rolling farmland and the former Midland Coalfield which was in desperate need of regeneration. Forest towns and villages include Burton upon Trent (famous for its brewing), Coalville and Swadlincote (formerly associated with the coal mining industry) and the historic town of Ashby de la Zouch. The Forest makes a growing contribution to tackling climate change with new plantings absorbing carbon.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Easy; Forest/Woodland
Start
SK182145 - National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
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Finish
SK522148 - Woodhouse Eaves., Leicestershire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Forest in the Making - PDF (National Forest Company)
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E-Book
National Forest Way (Amazon Media Group - 2015)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Orgreave Lodge  (bookable online)
2 Km
4 Km
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1 Km
27 Km
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Three Queens Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
27 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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46 Km
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YHA National Forest  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
46 Km
Walkers are Welcome
3 Km
69 Km
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Clockmakers House B&B  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
78 Km
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Royal Hotel  (bookable online)
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78 Km
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Ashby Wells House  (bookable online)
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79 Km
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Forest Lodge  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
81 Km
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Ravenstone Guesthouse  (bookable online)
2 Km
86 Km
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The Hermitage Park Hotel  (bookable online)
2 Km
89 Km
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The Post House B&B  (bookable online)
2 Km
92 Km
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Sunshine Cottage  (bookable online)
5 Km
100 Km
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Horseshoe Cottage Farm  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
114 Km
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4 Km
116 Km
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Quorn Country Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
116 Km
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The Link Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
120 Km
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Burleigh Court  (bookable online)
4 Km
120 Km
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Charnwood Lodge  (bookable online)
5 Km
121 Km
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Ramada Loughborough Hotel  (bookable online)
5 Km
121 Km

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Route Profile:

118.0 Km (73.3 miles)
1,625 m (5,331 ft) ascent
239 m (784 ft)  maximum height