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A day in the National Forest

A day out in the National Forest can be a wonderful experience. Here’s a suggested itinerary for a day trip in the National Forest, on our doorstep:


1. Start your day by visiting Conkers, a visitor center and outdoor activity park located in Moira, Leicestershire. Conkers provides a range of activities for all ages, including walking trails, treetop adventures, an amphitheatre, and educational exhibits about the forest.

2. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride along one of the many beautiful trails in the forest. The National Forest offers a variety of well-marked routes, such as the Ashby Wolds Heritage Trail, the Ivanhoe Way, or the Moira Canal Walk. Enjoy the tranquillity and natural beauty of the forest as you explore the scenic paths.


3. Have a picnic lunch at one of the designated picnic areas in the forest. Many spots offer picnic tables with lovely views, or you can simply spread out a blanket and enjoy your meal surrounded by nature.

4. Visit the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. This family-friendly attraction offers farm animals, play areas, tractor rides, and seasonal events. It’s a great place for children to learn about farm life and have some outdoor fun.

5. If you’re interested in history, consider visiting the 12th-century Ashby de la Zouch Castle in Leicestershire. Explore the ruins, climb the tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and learn about the castle’s history through informative displays.


6. End your day by enjoying a meal at a traditional country pub nestled within the forest. There are several charming pubs scattered throughout the National Forest that serve delicious, locally sourced food and often have a cosy atmosphere. Here are some near to Breedon Hall.

The Three Horseshoes - Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire (our local!): This traditional country pub offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. With a focus on locally sourced produce, they serve a variety of classic British dishes in their cosy dining area or beautiful beer garden. 2. The Bull’s Head - Repton, Derbyshire: Located in the picturesque village of Repton, The Bull’s Head is a hugely popular pub that has an extensive beer and food offering, including some top notch pizzas, gelato and locally sourced produce. 3. The Staff of Life - Ticknall, Derbyshire: Situated in the heart of Ticknall village, this 18th-century pub features a rustic and welcoming ambiance. The Staff of Life delights visitors with its menu of classic British pub fare, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Very close to Calke Abbey too. 4. The Royal Oak - Wetton, Derbyshire: This traditional village pub is nestled deep in the Derbyshire countryside. With its beamed ceilings and open fires, The Royal Oak exudes a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. They serve a variety of pub food classics and have a great selection of real ales. 5. The Toll Gate Brewery - Calke, Leicestershire: Based in the heart of the National Forest on the National Trust’s Calke Abbey Estate, this is a very popular microbrewery utilising traditional brewing techniques to create fresh flavours for the modern ale enthusiast (& lovely pizzas!). 6. The Mill Wheel - Hartshorne, Derbyshire: Located near the border of the National Forest, The Mill Wheel is a traditional country pub with a rustic interior and a large beer garden. They serve a range of pub classics and have an extensive drinks menu, including real ales and a selection of wines. Please note that it is always a good idea to check the opening hours and availability of these pubs before planning your visit, especially during weekends or busy periods and especially as some do not open on Mondays, Tuesdays and sometimes even Wednesdays!


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