Love Exploring Virtual Reality App Trail, Markeaton Park & Alvaston Parks
Find out all about Markeaton and Alvaston Parks with the Love Exploring app, which brings parks to life! The free app is a fun way to find out all about the park, discover its walking trails and more. Click here to download the app and for more info: Download the App here.
Ideal for inquisitive minds, both young and old, the Love Exploring app is smart enough to adapt to the user’s interests through the use of augmented reality technology. Using an interactive map of the site, guided tours and quizzes are available which reveal landmarks and unknown park facts.
The Stick Man Trail, National Memorial Arboretum
Young will enjoy joining Stick Man on his journey back to the family tree. Pick up a free copy of the self-led trail from the Welcome Desk. Don't forget to wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The route may be unsuitable for some pushchairs and dogs can’t join you on the trail. Afterwards, the NMA has 150 acres to explore!
Sat Nav: Alrewas, DE13 7AR
Trentham Gardens Fairy Trail
The Fairy Trail at Trentham Gardens is a year-round attraction, which will be open during the Easter holidays. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around our beautiful mile-long lake, and through the woodland and garden, where the Fairies at Trentham live. Due to the new one-way system around the gardens and lake, there may be some Fairies that are harder to spot - if there is a certain Fairy you want to see, ask a member of the Gardens Entrance team and they'll point you in the right direction. Click here to read more.
Hick's Lodge, Moira & Cannock Chase, Rugeley
Aha, aho, it's a Gruffalo! The ever-popular Gruffalo trails are still on at Hick's Lodge in Moira and in Cannock Chase, Rugeley. You can also now download the new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app: point the brand new app at special markers along the trail and watch the characters from The Gruffalo story come to life. Thanks to amazing augmented reality technology, you’ll be able to interact with each of the characters as they appear within the forest around you. Capture the fun by taking videos and photos with your favourites! Remember to download the app before you visit the forest. Click here for more info from Forestry England and to download the app.
Cost: App is Free. Gruffalo explorer packs: £3.50
Sat Nav: Hick's Lodge, Willesley Woodside, Moira Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote LE65 2UP
Sat Nav: Cannock Chase, Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ
Jinny/Jinnie Nature Trail, Rolleston-on-Dove
The Jinnie Nature Trail is a conservation area stretching along a narrow man-made valley between the villages of Rolleston on Dove and Stretton. It was originally built as a railway line stretching from Tutbury and into Burton on Trent. Sat Nav: 236 Station Rd, Rolleston-on-Dove, Burton-on-Trent DE13 9AD
The Green Fairy Woods, Lichfield
Set off the Heart of the Country shopping Village (A38), the Green Fairy Woods are home to the Green Fairies who make their doors and homes from recycled materials discarded locally. It's good to be green, recycling is one of the best ways to fight global warming. The trail takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete so it's perfect for little feet and visiting is free of charge. Hunting for the fairies and goblins is fun in every kind of weather. Even on a rainy day, sheltering in our woodland makes for a memorable experience and our picnic area is perfect for a pit stop. The Green Fairy Trail is a non-commercial experience aims at educate visitors about waste and recycling.
Sat Nav: Heart of the Country Shopping Village, A38 South Swinfen, London Rd, Lichfield WS14 9QR
The beautiful wooded area around Foremark Reservoir has a number of trails to discover. The Reservoir is also an area of natural beauty with a popular 'beach' (although swimming is not allowed). Click here to download a PDF of the walking trail map.
Cost: Car Park is £3. Sat Nav: Milton, Derby DE65 6EG
Mercia Marina, circular walks
Mercia Marina has a lovely set of circular walks around the marina's woodland area. Pick up your free map from the Marina office and spot all the wildlife on the maps.
Sat Nav: Findern Ln, Willington, Derby DE65 6DW
Alice is Editor of Raring2go! magazine for Burton and Ashby in the Midlands. She is a former journalist and freelance writer and has two young daughters.