GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Leicestershire Cycle Routes

Leicestershire is now well served by a number of signed National Cycle Network routes offering many choices for the cyclist. Highlights include the northern end of the Great Central Cycle Ride which starts in Leicester and the lovely Brampton Valley Way (pictured) which runs from Northampton to Market Harborough.

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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Leicestershire Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail4 miles (6 km)This lovely short cycle and walking trail runs from Measham near Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Moira along a disused railway path. The path passes old Donisthorpe Colliery site, which is now a Woodland Park and Conkers - a forest-based attraction with a number of activities to enjoy. There is also a pleasant waterside section along the Ashby Canal. View Full Details>>
Beacon Hill Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Explore 335 acres of mixed woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and farmland on this country park walk or cycle near Loughborough. At 248m (814 feet), Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and the site of a Bronze Age hill fort. As such there are fabulous views of the Leicestershire countryside. View Full Details>>
Bradgate Country Park5 miles (8.3 km)Bradgate is a very large, 830 acre park located just outside the city of Leicester. It is hugely popular, with almost a million visitors each year. At Bradgate you will find a deer park with herds of red and fallow deer, a waterside path along the pretty Cropston Reservoir and a multitude of peaceful woodland walking trails. Also of interest is the climb to Old John Tower, the highest hill inBradgate Park. The hill stands at 212 metres (696ft) high, and is a prominent landmark across Leicester and Leicestershire. View Full Details>>
Brampton Valley Way14 miles (23 km)This walk and cycle trail runs from the outskirts of Northampton to Market Harborough along the trackbed of a disused railway line and National Cycle route 6. The route passes Brixworth, Maidwell and Great Oxendon with Brixworth Country Park just off the route. This is well worth a small detour as you will find the lovely Pitsford Water and cycle hire if needed. View Full Details>>
Burbage Common4 miles (6.5 km)Explore 200 acres of semi-natural woodland, wildflower meadows and unspoilt grassland in this country park in Hinckley. There are a number of well maintained walking paths and a bridleway suitable for cyclists. There is also a visitor centre with displays explaining the management of the common and woods. View Full Details>>
Coventry to Leicester42 miles (68 km)Follow NCN routes 52 and 63 through the West Midlands, Warwickshire and into Leicestershire View Full Details>>
Derby to Loughborough25 miles (40 km)Follow National Cycle route 6 from Derby to Loughborough. Much of this route follows off road paths and tracks including a pleasant stretch along the River Derwent at the start. This section takes you past Pride Park football stadium and also through Alvaston Park. You then pick up the Cloud Trail along a dismantled railway before another waterside stretch along the Trent & Mersey Canal and then across the River Trent. You then enter Leicestershire passing by the villages of Wilson and Breedon on the Hill and through some lovey countryside on the approach to Loughborough. View Full Details>>
Erewash Canal12 miles (19 km)Follow the Erewash canal through south Derbyshire on this waterside cycling and walking route. The canal runs from Trent Lock near Long Eaton to the Langley Mill (Great Northern) basin. You can follow the towpath all the way on your bike or on foot. It's a nice easy route that runs for about 12 miles so it's a good family cycle ride or long walk. On the way you'll pass old mills, pretty locks and a number of stone bridges. The areas around Nutbrook Junction and Trowell Marsh are nature reserves where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife. There's also nice views of the River Erewash and the surrounding countryside. The canal forms part of the larger Erewash Valley Trail so it's easy to extend your exercise on this circular route. View Full Details>>
Erewash Valley Trail28 miles (45 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail explores the canals, countryside, towns and villages of south Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It's a circular route with miles of great traffic free sections so it's ideal for families or anyone looking for a safe cycle ride. Walkers can also enjoy the nice surfaced trails along the canals and through the nature reserves on this varied route. View Full Details>>
Grantham to Bottesford11 miles (17 km)This route follows NCN route 15 along the Grantham Canal View Full Details>>
Grantham to Newark-On-Trent25 miles (40 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 15 and 64 through Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. You start by the tourist information centre in Grantham and soon join the towpath of the Grantham Canal which takes you as far as Muston. From here you follow quiet roads to Bottesford. The route continues through the countryside on country lanes, joining National Cycle route 64 just after Orston. A couple of miles later at Cotham you begin a short stretch on a dismantled railway line, which takes you all the way to the finish point at Newark-On-Trent rail. View Full Details>>
Hicks Lodge1 miles (2 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this converted coal mining site in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. View Full Details>>
Leicester to Loughborough16 miles (25 km)On this route you will follow National Cycle route 6 from Leicester to Loughborough. The route starts by the tourist information centre in Leicester and soon joins the River Soar for some pleasant waterside riding with a stretch through the lovely Abbey Park an early highlight. View Full Details>>
Leicester to Market Harborough24 miles (38 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 63 and 64 through the Leicestershire countryside. You start near the tourist information centre in Leicester and soon pass through the pretty Victoria Park. The route continues east to the village of Goadby along National Cycle route 63 before turning south along National Cycle route 64 where you will join the Midshires Way, taking you through Glooston and on into Market Harborough where you finish near the train station. View Full Details>>
Leicester to Melton Mowbray30 miles (48 km)This route follows NCN route 63 through the Leicestershire countryside View Full Details>>
Leicester to Oakham26 miles (42 km)Follow National Cycle route 63 through Leicestershire and into Rutland. You start near the tourist information centre in Leicester and head east to Goadby where you turn north towards Tugby. You then continue to the village of Owston along country roads, with pleasant views of wooded areas. The route then turns east towards Oakham, finishing near the train station. View Full Details>>
Leicester to Stamford39 miles (62 km)Follow NCN route 63 from Leicestershire into Lincolnshire View Full Details>>
Leicester to Syston9 miles (15 km)This short easy ride follows National Cycle route 6 from Leicester to Syston along the River Soar. The route starts by the tourist information centre in Leicester and soon joins the river for some pleasant waterside riding. View Full Details>>
Market Bosworth Country Park6 miles (10.4 km)This 85 acre country park in Leicestershire contains a lake, a planted arboretum with exotic species, a wildflower meadow and a community woodland. The route take you through the park to Sutton Cheney and then on to Bosworth Battlefield. This field is the site of the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war that took place in the 15th century. View Full Details>>
Melton Country Park1 miles (2 km)Explore 137 acres of open space in Melton Mowbray. The park has nice footpaths and lots of water features with ponds, lakes and weirs to enjoy. There's also a peaceful woodland walk and some stepping stones between the small top lake and the large middle lake. View Full Details>>
Melton Mowbray to Grantham22 miles (36 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 64 and 15 from Leicestershire into Lincolnshire View Full Details>>
Melton Mowbray to Newark-On-Trent34 miles (55 km)Follow National Cycle routes 64 and 15 from Leicestershire into Nottinghamshire View Full Details>>
National Forest Trail25 miles (40 km)Explore the National Forest in Leicestershire and Derbyshire on this super figure-of-eight cycle ride. The ride follows country lanes through woodland and countryside near Burton Upon Trent, visiting Donisthorpe Country Park, Conkers Waterside and Moira. View Full Details>>
Northampton to Market Harborough20 miles (32 km)This ride passes from Northamptonshire into Leicestershire along National Cycle route 6. You start near the tourist information centre in Northampton and soon join the lovely Brampton Valley Way - a 14 mile cycle path following the track bed of a disused railway line. This takes you all the way to the finish point at Market Harborough train station. View Full Details>>
Sence Valley Forest Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a series of lovely cycling and walking trails in this good sized country park near Ibstock. There are a number of well surfaced paths taking you past meadows, woodland and three lakes. It's great for families looking for a safe, easy cycle ride or walkers looking for a pleasant afternoon stroll. It's also good for birdwatching with various wildfowl around the lakes. Look out for Heron,swans, coots and mallard. The attractive woodland consists of Corsican pine, larch and poplar and also attracts many different species of bird. View Full Details>>
Swithland Woods2 miles (3 km)These woods in the Charnwood Forest have a series of good footpaths to try. There's also bridleways suitable for mountain bikers. View Full Details>>
Thornton Reservoir2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy cycling and walking around this pretty reservoir in Thornton, Leicestershire. There is a well surfaced track running along the waterside for just over 2 miles. The water is surrounded by some lovely countryside and woodland. There are good facilites with a parking area, visitor centre and picnic areas. There is also a sculpture trail to follow and a variety of wildfowl to look out for on the water. View Full Details>>
Watermead Country Park5 miles (8 km)This beautiful country park contains over 12 lakes and ponds, wildflower meadows, woodland, grassland and reedbeds set in 350 acres of parkland. Also running through the park are the River Soar and Grand Union Canal. It's a great place for a peaceful waterside cycle ride or walk, located just north of Leicester city centre with National Cycle Network Routes 6 and 48 running through the park. The park also contains the lovely Reedbed Nature Reserve which is a perfect place for bird watching. View Full Details>>

Your Submitted Routes

Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Leicester Parks Ride10 miles (16 km)*
Twycross loop through Market Bosworth26 miles (42 km)***

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