The National Forest is in the very Heart of England, across parts of, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
The National Forest offers a massive variety of activities to enjoy, with various paths to explore in various different woodlands. The stunning landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse-riding. Also The National Forest is an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.
Activities in the National Forst
You can combine a peaceful riverside walk with a visit to one of the stunning formal gardens, or why not try sailing, fishing or windsurfing on one of the Forest 's reservoirs or waterways.
There is a wealth of wet-weather options too, ranging from farm parks to forestry centres, interactive discovery parks to stately homes and historic castles to craft centres.
Stately Homes in the National Forest
The National Forest is an area with loads of history. With various places to visit such as Calke Abbey (pictured right) and Melbourne Hall, which are both situated in The National Forest, are both beautifully preserved by the National Trust.
Many of The National Forest's picturesque villages, nestling within its quintessentially English countryside, are unchanged through the centuries.
As the seasons change you can witness different scene's every day and the remarkable colours transforming the landscape. In just ten years, almost seven million trees have been planted and around two square miles are planted each year, making this a place you will want to return to time and again.
Stats and Figures
Area: 200 square miles
Principal towns: Ashby de la Zouch, Burton upon Trent , Coalville, Swadlincote.
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