Relax and set your own pace as you cycle along quiet tracks and lanes, exploring the many sights on the way. The National Forest is rich with things to see and do. Highlights include:
2 Steam railways
East of the National Forest, the Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. Each of the stations has been restored to a different period, reflecting the history of the line.
The Battlefield Line Steam Railway runs to the south of the National Forest, following the peaceful Ashby Canal and a maze of country lanes. Stops include the popular village of Market Bosworth and Shenton, the home of the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.
2 National Trust properties
The stately Calke Abbey and cosy Stoneywell perfectly demonstrate the diversity of the National Trust. Tucked away in the National Forest, Stoneywell is a wonderful example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Calke Abbey is set in acres of glorious parkland, with wonderful cycling trails. Over the years the house became crammed with collections and discarded objects, which the National Trust has preserved as they found it.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
After his death in the Battle of Bosworth, the remains of King Richard III lay undiscovered under a carpark in Leicester until 2012. The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the history of the battle and explains how archeologists discovered the location of King Richard's remains. It's a lovely place for a wander.
National Brewery Centre
A visit to the National Brewery Centre in the beer brewing capital of the UK, Burton on Trent is a must for lovers of beer. Learn about the history of beer making and of course there's an opportunity to for a taste test!
National Memorial Arboretum
With over 300 memorials the site honours those that have died whilst in service to the country. The site is set alongside the River Trent and offers a tranquil experience, as you learn more about each memorial.
Built in the 15th century, Ashby castle was the family seat of the Hastings family and was used as a stronghold during the Civil War. It featured in Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe and the ruins are now a popular attraction, managed by English Heritage.
St George's Park
St George's Park is the training centre for English Football. Set in 330 acres of wonderful countryside, it includes a replica pitch of Wembley. Visitors can book a behind the scenes tour of the training ground facilities. Electric bike holiday guests may enjoy stay at the neighbouring Hilton Hotel.
We look forward to helping you find your perfect electric bike holiday in the National Forest.