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Posted on Tuesday 2nd February

Burton upon Trent train station Burton upon Trent train station © Darren Cresswell

The National Forest is right at the heart of the country, easy to reach and a great escape. So you can soon be here exploring our ancient forests and newly planted woodlands.

The M1 motorway passes through the Forest, while the nearby Birmingham and East Midlands Airports mean that the rest of the world is never far away. Or make the most of excellent rail links and come by train, for a refreshing day trip or a relaxing longer stay. Use the information below to help plan your journey: we look forward to welcoming you here.

By Road

For visitors travelling by car or coach, The National Forest is easily accessible from the M1, M42/A42, A50, A511 and the A38.  Route planning information can be found at The AA, RAC, Google Maps and Streetmap.

By Rail

The National Forest enjoys excellent national rail links. Use stations like Tamworth, Burton upon Trent, Leicester and Loughborough as gateways to the Forest. For the latest train times and fare enquiries contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

By Bus

The National Forest is well served by local bus services and if you are 60 or over, or “eligible disabled”, your National Bus Pass will give you free off-peak bus travel throughout the area.   Jump on the 9a – The National Forest Hopper – and get off at any of the popular attractions between Burton upon Trent and Leicester.

Full details of all The National Forest’s local bus services can be found at Traveline Midlands or by telephoning 0871 2002233.

By Air

For flights to and from the region, contact Birmingham International Airport on 0871 222 0072, or East Midlands Airport near Nottingham on 08712 710711.  Flights are available from all over the world.

By the Way

Once you are here, perhaps the best way to experience The National Forest is to take on the challenge of our 75-mile long-distance walking trail, the National Forest Way. The trail leads through both young and ancient woodland, market towns and the industrial heritage of this changing landscape. For more information visit