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Ashby castle, Ashby.

Destroyed during the civil war , the ruins of Ashby Castle became famous after the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe (1819), however it’s true history is as romantic as it’s fictional one.

Ashby Farmers market

is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the grounds of the Manor House school which is overlooked by the castle. You can buy delicious cheese, local wines, veg and numerous other treats.

Hicks Lodge and the National Forest.

Miles of traffic free trails are on the doorstep. There are also lovely walks and picnic spots here. Trails range from flat and easy to single track blue with jumps and grade challenges. If you don’t have your own bike you can hire one from the award winning cycle centre. You can also hire trailers and tagalongs. The cycle centre offers a range of events and course.

Tel: 01530 274533.

You can access the National Cycle Network from the Forest and through numerous points in the vicinity.


There is a lovely route starting on the old Derby, Melborne and Ashby Branch railway and along the River Derwent. Starting at Worthington you can cycle 13 miles to Elvaston Castle in Derby. There are some good pubs on this route, at Worthington, Kings Newton, Wilson, Stenson and Swarkeston, some are by the riverside. You can also go in the other direction to Loughborough. Conkers is the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences and perfect for families. Check the website for a range of activities and special events. www.visitconkers.com

Calke Abbey, nr Ticknall

Time in this truly incredible house has stood still. The National Trust has skilfully maintained Calke as an English country house in decline. Everything remains untouched since the 1880’s. It is spine tingling. You can walk miles across the ancient woodland and parkland. Red and fallow deer have been part of this landscape since mid 17th century and over 100 deer live here today. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Tel: 01332 863822

Willesley Park Golf Course, Willesley

is set in rolling countryside, part parkland, part heath land. This 18 hole course is regarded as one of the finest in the county. The course is less than five minutes walk from the house. Day passes are available. The club house serves lunch, dinner and light refreshments. www.willesleypark.com Tel: 01530 414596

Springs Hydro Health Spa

Treat yourself to a pamper day or access other well-being treatments at Springs. Modern, luxurious and surrounded by open parklands Springs is a perfect environment in which to unwind, refresh and revitalise. 2 mile drive from the house. www.champneys.com/springs Tel: 0843 3162222

Staunton Harold & the reservoir and visitors centre.

A great walking centre with 7 routes radiating from the glorious parkland estate. Staunton Harold is a traditional English country house estate and still consists of 2000 acres. There is a garden centre here and a 17th Century church, now owned by the National Trust. The majestic house is privately owned. Ferrers Gallery is a unique centre for arts and crafts. It’s a place where things are still made and repaired. You can also access a range of courses and workshops here, ranging from pollarding, upholstery to recording your own songs. www.stauntonharoldestate.co.uk

Staunton Harold reservoir

is located in the heart of the National Forest. It is a wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling, as well as countryside walks. Public footpaths lead to Calke Abbey and beyond to Foremark Reservoir. There is an adventure playground for younger visitors.

Ashby canal

is worth a visit. The canal runs through largely rural and remote countryside for 15 miles. At Shackerstone it passes the Battlefield Line Steam Railway. Here you can take a canal boat ride or a steam train. Trains run from Shackerstone to Shenton, via Market Bosworth, a total of 5 miles. To visit the Battlefield of Bosworth alight at Shenton, Market Bosworth is a small attractive market town with a number of pubs, shops and restaurants and the splendid Market Bosworth County park. Shackerstone Railway Station houses a museum with many items of railway memorabilia. The tea room is atmospheric and is reminiscent of a scene in Brief Encounter! Twycross Zoo is close by.


The SnowDome

is the UK’s premier real snow centre. Real snow, all year round enables you to learn to ski and snowboard or improve your technique www.snowdome.co.uk
For an action packed family fun day out try Drayton Manor Theme Park www.draytonmanor.co.uk Both attractions are close to Tamworth and approximately 15 miles away.

There are many more things to do in and around Ashby-de-la-Zouch and the National Forest. For more information contact the Ashby Tourist Information Centre (01530) 411 767 or the National Forest Company (01283) 551 211 www.visitnationalforest.co.uk