GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hicks Lodge MTB and Walks

1 miles (2 km)

Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this converted coal mining site in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Cyclists can enjoy two great mountain bike (mtb) trails. There is an easy trail suitable for all abilities and the more challenging Shell Brook Trail which has some jumps and bumps.
Walkers can enjoy a short stroll around the lake or explore deeper into the forest on woodland trails.
If you look on the open street map below you can see the mtb trails on the eastern side of the park.
Less than half a mile to the west you'll find the Moira Furnace. The 36 acre country park includes walking and cycling trails along the Ashby Canal. The National Forest visitor centre and the Donisthorpe Woodland park are also in this area.

Postcode

LE65 2UP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Hicks Lodge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hicks Lodge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a good on site cafe where you can enjoy a range of refreshments after your exercise.

Dog Walking

As you'd expect the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Pond at Hicks Lodge - geograph.org.uk - 1503369

Pond at Hicks Lodge. Looking east across one of the smaller ponds. Here the growth is much lusher.

Barley crop at Hicks Lodge - geograph.org.uk - 1503385

Barley crop. Looking south-west over reclaimed land to the large pond in the dip. Donisthorpe in the distance.

Large pond at Hicks Lodge - 2 - geograph.org.uk - 1503333

Looking east across the large pond, which has a few resident waterfowl. Along the bank are freshly planted marginals - bulrush (common reedmace), sedge and purple loosestrife. They are enclosed wire netting to protect them until established.

Large pond at Hicks Lodge - 3 - geograph.org.uk - 1503350

Looking north with Beehive Wood in the distance.

Path through the Hicks Lodge reclamation area - geograph.org.uk - 1502906

Path through the Hicks Lodge reclamation area. Looking north along a new path, part of restoring the countryside following completion of extraction from the open cast coal mine.

New planting at Hicks Lodge - 2 - geograph.org.uk - 1503078

New planting in summer 2009. Looking north-west to the railway embankment on the left. The young saplings cover the whole area up to the railway except for a rough grass strip of clearing near the pathway. The open cast coal mine here is already a memory.

Dilworth New Clumps - geograph.org.uk - 1502923

Dilworth New Clumps. From the edge of the clearing looking east to a solid block of maturing woodland.

New planting at Hicks Lodge - 2 - geograph.org.uk - 1503078

Looking north-west to the railway embankment on the left. The young saplings cover the whole area up to the railway except for a rough grass strip of clearing near the pathway. The open cast coal mine here is already a memory.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Hicks Lodge.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Hicks Lodge.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)