National Forest Trek

Thursday 7 July 2022

Armed Forces Memorial Closure


The Armed Forces Memorial will be closed between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 7 July for a private event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The National Forest Trek is returning for its second year.


The National Forest Trek is an annual walking challenge weaving through the lush woodlands, gently rolling countryside and industrial heritage of the National Forest Way.


Step by step you’ll reconnect with nature and with those around you, all while raising money for important causes.

Grab your walking boots and join us

Register Here

The Charities


Three charities have partnered together to create the National Forest Trek, a fundraising challenge event building hope for the future by transforming lives and creating a forest for everyone to enjoy, whilst ensuring that those who have served the public are never forgotten.


National Forest

Once scarred and blackened by mining and industry, the National Forest has been completely revived, with winding woodland trails and luscious green landscapes. We are right at the heart of the country, covering 200 square miles of the Midlands in which we have planted 9 million trees.


DMRC Benevolent Fund

Volunteer-led, the fund works to create better health and wellbeing — physically and mentally — for serving military personnel, helping them come to terms with illness or injury. Using the power of the outdoors, people gain confidence and a sense of normality, recovering in the quiet beauty of nature.


National Memorial Arboretum

For over 20 years, our memorial site has inspired people to gather in remembrance. There are over 400 memorials to discover, each with their own story, and places to sit and share memories. Nestled amongst nature, the Arboretum shows how the strength, love and support of everyday people can lift us all.

Trek Options

National Forest Trek

Three Day Trek

Adventurers, experienced hikers, and walkers looking for the ultimate test, our three-day trek covers our full 75-mile route. Ramble through history as you step past landscapes hewn from 560-million-year-old volcanic rock, the ancient Charnwood Forest and the uniquely preserved past of Calke Abbey. Entry fee: £75 Fundraising: £400+ Self-funded: £200

Two Day Trek


This 45-mile route picks up in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and travels through some of the most beautiful natural and man-made spectacles the National Forest has to offer. Take in the still waters of Foremark Reservoir, the eccentric majesty of Calke Abbey, and the lush, medieval Needwood Forest: woodland used as hunting grounds in the thirteenth century.


Entry fee: £50   Fundraising: £300+   Self-funded: £150

Team completing the National Forest Trek in 2021

One Day Trek

Amble through 20 to 30 miles of flowing terrain in a single serene day — ideal for team-building activities or a day out with friends. Entry fee: £25 Fundraising: £200+ Self-funded: £100

People taking part in the National Forest Trek 5k

5km Trek

Our shortest route, great for beginners or those who can’t walk quite as far, covers part of the trek in as little as an hour. Soak up the sights and scenery, walk alone or with others, and make nature a part of your day in a truly unforgettable way. A great taster if you’re not ready for the full hike.
Register for all trek options here