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Tree-spirited adventures in the National Forest

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Posted by Florence Fortnam at 05:50 on Monday 20 January 2014

A new magazine-style visitor guide to 'tree-spirited adventures' in the National Forest has been launched, which Greentraveller helped produce with contributions from leading travel writers Paul Bloomfield, Sarah Barrell and David Atkinson.

The National Forest: a fantastic family-friendly destination. Photo: Visit England/Diana JarvisThe National Forest: a fantastic family-friendly destination. Photo: Visit England/Diana JarvisThe new magazine-style 40-page guide for 2014, produced with help from Greentraveller's team of copywriters and travel writers, includes features on where to stay in the Forest, visitor attractions, exciting local events and activity suggestions that can be enjoyed with the whole family, as well as tips on how to get around the National Forest by public transport. 

The cover of the new magazine-style visitor guide to the National Forest.The cover of the new magazine-style visitor guide to the National Forest.Highlights of 2014, include the opening of the National Forest Way - a new 75-mile long distance trail covers the length and breadth of the Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, and will be launched as part of the 2014 National Forest Walking Festival in May.

Greentraveller's contributors Paul Bloomfield, Sarah Barrell and David Atkinson visited the National Forest to discover and write about its hidden treasures first-hand, enjoying a whole host of tree-spirited adventures, from forest walks and wildlife watching, to cycling around Hicks Lodge and exploring the area's heritage at some of the Forest's fascinating historical and cultural sites.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive for the National Forest Company, comments: "This guide is more evidence of The National Forest coming of age as a wonderful place for all visitors to enjoy. It's been great this year to have new perspectives from national writers and to see how impressed they are with the many offers of the Forest. Whether someone is visiting locally or from further afield there are new treasures to be discovered and the guide really inspires us all to explore."

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of Greentraveller, said: "We have been delighted to contribute to this innovative visitor guide to help provide a taste of the wide range of activities in and around the Forest. Our writers have enthused about the fascinating natural and cultural heritage – both ancient and modern – and the quality of local food and leisure attractions they experienced. What's more, there's the feeling that this successful project is constantly evolving and there's always something more to discover."

Covering 200 square miles within the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, The National Forest has trebled in size in the last twenty years, transforming what was once one of the least wooded areas of England into a multi-purpose, sustainable forest. It has become a fantastic family-friendly destination for those looking to connect with nature and wildlife on holiday.

>> See the online version of the new Visitor Guide to the National Forest. The printed version can be picked up locally at Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote Tourist Information Centres, and Burton upon Trent Customer Service Centre.

Enjoying the natural beauty of the National Forest on foot. Photo: The National Forest  CompanyEnjoying the natural beauty of the National Forest on foot. Photo: The National Forest Company

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