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Leicestershire Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Around Corby31 miles (50 km)This is a delightful circualar walk which visits a number of pretty villages and parks around the town of Corby in Northamptonshire. View Full Details>>
Ashby Canal22 miles (35 km)Follow the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal from Bedworth in Warwickshire, to the little village of Snareston in Leicestershire. The towpath runs for just over 20 miles with prettyhedgerows, reeds, countryside views and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
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>>
Bardon Hill2 miles (4 km)Climb to the highest point in Leicestershire on this walk near Coalville. The hill is located just a couple of miles east of Coalville town centre. A good start point for the walk is the village of Whitwick just to the north of the hill. From here you can follow the Ivanhoe Way long distance trail to the hill. It's about a 2.5 mile walk from the village to the 912 feet (278m) high hill summit where you will find a radio mast and wonderful views over the Charnwood Forest and the extensive Bardon Hill quarry below. On a clear day you can see as far as the Malvern Hills, the Shropshire Hills and the Peak District. 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>>
Blackbrook Reservoir3 miles (5 km)This short walk visits Blackbrook Reservoir near Coalville in Leicestershire. There are walking trails on the southern and northern ends of the water with pockets of woodland and nice views of the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Bosworth Battlefield Country Park4 miles (6 km)Walk the Battlefield Trail with panoramic views over the Leicestershire countryside in this country park in Market Bosworth. You can also visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre which tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history. It was the last significant battle of theWars of the Roses, fought between the rivalHouses of LancasterandYorkin the latter half of the15th century. The Lancastrian leaderHenry Tudor, secured the throne to become the first English monarch of theTudor dynasty. His opponent,Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. 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>>
Brocks Hill Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy woodland, meadows, ponds and a community orchard in this 67 acre country park in Leicester 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>>
Burrough Hill Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)Climb the 210m (690 ft) Burrough Hill to the well-preserved Iron Age hill fortand enjoy fabulous views of the Leicestershire countryside. Plantlife in the park includes wild thyme, harebell, lady's bedstraw, salad burnet and musk thistle. Also look out for skylarks, linnets, yellowhammers, willow warblers, woodpeckers, and kestrels. View Full Details>>
Charnwood Forest16 miles (25 km)This long circular walk explores the parks, woodland, hills, nature reserves and countryside in the attractive Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire. There's much to enjoy with some challenging climbs, great views and a series of pretty towns and villages. There's also popular areas of woodland with pretty bluebells in the spring. View Full Details>>
Cropston Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk along this pretty reservoir in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire. It's about a 3.5 mile walk around the water with nice views of the surrounding countryside and woodland. You can also look out for a variety of water loving wildlife on the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for tufted duck, cormorant, great crested grebe and canada goose. View Full Details>>
East Carlton Park1 miles (2 km)This popular country park near Corby has a number of nature trails taking you through the mature woodland and grasslands surrounding the 19th century East Carlton Hall. The park is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Welland Valley and is also a great place for bird watching. There are also good facilties with extensive parking, a play park and a delightful tea shop with a wide range of refreshments. 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>>
Eyebrook Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a stroll alongside this lovely reservoir near Corby. You can park at the car park at the north eastern end of the water off Main Street in Stoke Dry. The village of Stoke Dry is reputed to be the place where the Gunpowder Plot was hatched. It has an interesting medieval church dedicated to Saint Andrew. View Full Details>>
Foxton Locks5 miles (7.5 km)This impressive staircase of locks in Foxton are a popular tourist attraction. The flight of ten locks are located on the Leicester line of theGrand Union Canal. The locks are also designated as a country park with lovely walks along the canal and into the surrounding countrsyide. This 4.5 mile circular walk includes long canalside stretches, a woodland trail, lovely rural views and a visit to the village of Foxton. View Full Details>>
Grantham Canal32 miles (52 km)A lovely peaceful walk alongside the Grantham Canal from Grantham to Nottingham. 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>>
Ivanhoe Way35 miles (56 km)Travel through the setting of Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel on this circular walk around Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. View Full Details>>
Jubilee Way (Leics)21 miles (34 km)Follow the Jubilee Way through Leicestershire and into Lincolnshire on this delightful walk. View Full Details>>
Knipton Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)An easy walk from the village of Knipton to Branston, passing Knipton Reservoir on the way. The route follows a lovely country lane with views of the beautiful Vale of Belvoircountryside. View Full Details>>
Leicestershire Round102 miles (164 km)Explore the countryside, villages, canals, rivers and reservoirs of Leicestershire on this interesting and varied circular walk View Full Details>>
Loughborough Canal Walk14 miles (22 km)A waterside walk from Loughborough to Leicester along a section of the Grand Union Canal and the River Soar. It's about a 13 mile route, so it's possible to do in a day. At the end of the walk you can get the train directly back to Loughborough from Leicester. View Full Details>>
Macmillan Way290 miles (467 km)This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne. 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>>
Market Harborough Canal6 miles (9 km)Follow the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal from Market Harborough to Foxton Locks on this waterside walk in Leicestershire. It runs for about 6 miles along a nice flat towpath, passing a series of pretty bridges. 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>>
Midshires Way225 miles (362 km)This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. View Full Details>>
Mount St Bernard Abbey2 miles (3 km)Visit this Cistercian monastery near Coalville on this short walk. It's a delightfully peaceful place and one of the highlights of the Charnwood Forest. View Full Details>>
Mowbray Way9 miles (14 km)A short walk through the Leicestershire countryside from Scalford, passing Waltham on the Wolds and Buckminster park before finishing at Buckminster View Full Details>>
Nuneaton Rotary Walk24 miles (39 km)This super circular walk was devised by the Nuneaton Rotary Club and takes you on a tour of the countryside, parks and canals around Nuneaton. The walk begins at Weddington, by the River Anker and passes Hartshill, Higham on the Hill and Hinckley. View Full Details>>
Rockingham Castle1 miles (1 km)The grounds and pretty gardens surrounding this castle near Corby are ideal for an easy afternoon stroll. The castle is in an elevated position giving wonderful views over the Welland Valley and five surrounding counties of England. There are 18 acres of beautiful gardens to explore with herbaceous borders, a rose garden, ornamental statues, yew hedges and yew pillars. There are also woodland trails, a pond and a tea room for refreshments. You can purchase a ticket for the grounds and gardens only to enjoy the walk. See website below for details. View Full Details>>
Saddington Reservoir1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a walk to this pretty reservoir from the Leicestershire village of Saddington. The area is very pretty with lots of wildlife to look out for on the water. Keep your eyes peeled for Egret and Goosander as you make your way around the site. You may also see little sailboats as the reservoir is home to a sailing club whichruns taster sessions for novices. 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 Reservoir1 miles (2 km)This pretty reservoir is located just to the south east of Loughborough. The Leicestershire Round long distance trail runs along the north eastern side of the water. You can follow the trail from the nearby village of Woodhouse Eaves to the water. It's about a one mile walk through farmland to the Aqueduct and Boat House at the reservoir's northern tip. It's a very pretty spot with nice views across the water to the surrounding woodland and countryside. Also look out for the steam trains of the Great Central Railway passing over Swithland Viaduct. 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>>
Vale of Belvoir15 miles (24.3 km)A long circular walk through the lovely Vale of Belvoir on the borders ofLeicestershire,NottinghamshireandLincolnshire. It's a varied walk with woodland trails, waterside paths along the Grantham Canal and a visit to the splendid Belvoir Castle. The walk runs for about 15 miles with some moderate climbing at the start through the Belvoir Estate. The remainder of the route is fairly easy going with nice flat paths from Stathern onwards. View Full Details>>
Viking Way147 miles (237 km)Follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders on this long distance walk from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Rutland 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>>

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