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Tourism and travel

Welcome to South Derbyshire at the heart of England and part of one of Britain's newest destinations, The National Forest and Beyond, the perfect place to enjoy rural recreation.

Tourism and travel - The National Forest

Explore rolling countryside dotted with picturesque villages, historic houses and gardens, meandering rivers and canal, skiing and tobogganing. Or enjoy a calming walk in The National Forest, Britain's most ambitious environmental project, covering 200 square miles and linking the ancient Needwood and Charnwood forests. Ten million trees and more than 400 new and ancient woodlands make this a very special place, producing stunning new landscapes, wildlife habitats and experiences. This is woodland creation on a scale not seen for more than a thousand years and nearly eight million trees have already been planted. There's so much to explore.

If you enjoy messing about on (or in) water, there's plenty to choose from including the mighty River Trent, the Trent and Mersey Canal, and Foremark or Staunton Harold reservoirs.

Wander around the many picturesque and historic villages, relax in cafes, pubs and restaurants. The beautiful villages of Melbourne, Ticknall, Repton and Newton Solney are definitely worth a visit.

Swadlincote is the main shopping centre and has a small outdoor market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Unique shopping opportunities to remind you of your visit include local galleries, craft shops at Melbourne Hall and Rosliston Forestry Centre and specialist trees and shrubs from Bluebell Nursery.

The area abounds in good places to eat and drink, from village tea rooms to award winning restaurants, local pubs to international cuisine. Eat by a canal, in the countryside, outside a village pub, or in an alpine ski lodge, the choice is yours! Sample National Forest Spring Water and through the National Forest Food Guide find details of a wealth of local produce.

South Derbyshire and The National Forest: with so many places to explore and activities to try, why not stay over. Contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre for information about accommodation to suit every taste.

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