Best trails in Markfield, Leicestershire

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Looking for a great trail near Markfield, Leicestershire? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, walking trails, pub walk trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Dovedale National Nature Reserve or Draycote Water Country Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Markfield ranging from 5 to 6.5 miles and from 387 to 820 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Markfield, Leicestershire
Top trails (11)
#1 - Thornton Reservoir and Bagworth Heath Woods Circular Walk
Hartshill Hayes Country Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
A circular walk from the village of Thornton in Leicestershire. The route is a real countryside classic, starting with a circuit around Thornton Reservoir with lots of wildlife to enjoy. Leaving the reservoir behind, the route heads through the village, passing Thornton Mill and crossing paddocks and a railway line to reach a section of the National Forest. Manor Wood and Bagworth Heath Woods occupy the site of a former colliery and are now planted with a huge variety of native trees giving a wonderful wild effect. Beyond the National Forest, you join a simple enclosed path and then a short section across pastures to return to the village where hospitality awaits. The route has several steady climbs and descents throughout. Some of the paths are surfaced, but the unmade stretches can get very muddy. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some steps plus 7 stiles (3 of the stiles have adjacent dog gates, the other 4 have fencing gaps suitable for small dogs and are fairly low for larger dogs to climb. You will need to cross the railway twice, at official crossing points but without signals, so look and listen carefully for trains before you cross. Most of the route is free from livestock, but you will need to cross three paddocks, two pastures that may be holding cattle and one pasture that may be holding sheep. Allow 3 hours. Show more
#2 - Chitterman Hills, Ulverscroft Priory and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
From the Bull's Head walk up Church Drive past the church, into allotments, bear right behind first allotment and follow footpath to Uplands Drive, Main St then right onto Leicester Rd. Cross at footpath sign and follow path under A50, bear left onto Chitterman Hills footpath and follow to Lea Lane. Turn left then right onto Priory Lane. At Ulverscroft Lane take footpath on left to Ulverscroft Priory. Walk past Priory and then choose right footpath to farm. Continue past yellow post into a field then bear diagonally left to yellow post on top of hill and then continue down to woodland and find obscured yellow post. Continue through woodland until you approach a track, turn left and follow the track through woodland to a gate. Carry on uphill, keep to the left of field and follow worn path to stone wall. turn left and follow path through heath and woodland to Whitcrofts Lane. Turn left and cross to Lea Lane, follow footpath back to Markfield and return to Bull's Head. Show more
#3 - Chitterman Hills, Polly Botts Lane and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
From the Bull's Head walk up Church Dr past the church, into allotments, bear right behind first allotment and follow footpath to Uplands Drive, Main St then right onto Leicester Rd. Cross at footpath sign and follow path under A50, bear left onto Chitterman Hills footpath and follow to Lea Lane. Turn right past Stoneywell and follow Polly Botts Lane to Ulverscroft Lane. Turn fight to footpath sign on right and along track, cross field to then through woodland. Cross bridge, keep Old Mill on your left. Turn right and follow footpath to John Lee's Cottage, follow footpath signs keeping to the right with horse paddocks on your left. Turn through woodland to open fields. Cross to gate in far side and then through woodland parallel to A50. Turn left through underpass and return back to Bull's Head.Show more
#4 - Markfield to Thornton Reservoir
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
From the Bull's Head follow the track towards the M1 underpass, take the left footpath and follow yellow marker posts through fields and woodland. Continue through field downhill to woodland. Keep straight on keeping woodland to your right until you reach Thornton reservoir. Walk around reservoir. On your return you could divert through plantation or take a left turn at the next plantation, follow footpath almost to South Charnwood School, then follow footpath on right through woodland and field to M1 underpass and take track back to Bull's Head Show more
#5 - Cliff Hill Quarry, Stanton and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
From the Bull's Head walk up Church Dr past the church, turn left along to end of Hillside, follow footpath, cross Hill Lane to M1 bridge bare right then cross fields to Peak Hayes Farm. Turn right along Cliffe Lane, cross at footpath sign and follow footpath, keeping quarry on your left past Hilbury Cottage to Stanton Lane. Turn right, cross to footpath sign on left. After 10 metres turn right and follow footpath to Billa Barra Lane. Turn left through field towards woodland and take path keeping woodland and quarry on your right. Take a right turn after ponds and cross fields to Stanton Main St. Turn right out of village and turn left onto Thornton Lane. Turn left at footpath sign, up field keeping solar farm on right. Cross through woodland to yellow post, cross field and continue along Grassy Lane. Follow concrete road on right to gate, cross fields keeping M1 on left to underpass. Follow track up to Bull's Head.Show more
#6 - Whittington Rough, Thornton and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
From Bull's Head walk down Croftway to footpath into fields, bare left into second field, follow footpath behind houses to track. Turn right and follow track to gate then cross diagonally across field to bridge. Cross bridge, straight on then bare right, cross field towards M1, bear left to footpath to Thornton Lane. Turn right, cross bridge and cross to footpath sign on left. Follow track through farm and continue straight keeping to left of field. With Caravan Park on your left continue on through trees and follow footpath signs past pond on your left then follow yellow posts across fields to bungalow. Bear right along track then straight ahead onto footpath, go straight across field (you may need to follow field boundary to cross) to yellow post and turn right along enclosed footpath. Keep straight on keeping golf course on your left to Thornton Lane. Cross and follow footpath sign into field keeping hedge on your right through trees down to bridge then cross fields uphill to Merrylees Rd. Turn right into Thornton village. Turn right through church yard to reservoir, left around reservoir to footpath sign after bridge on left and then follow footpath straight ahead to plantation. Continue straight ahead keeping plantation on your left. Continue across field, proceed through woodland to fields. Cross fields then turn right through M1 underpass and return up track to Bull's Head.Show more
#7 - Ratby Grange to Field Head and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
From Bull's Head walk down Croftway to footpath into fields, bear left into second field, follow footpath behind houses to track. Turn right and follow track to gate then cross diagonally across field to bridge. Cross bridge, straight on then bear right, cross field towards M1, bear left to footpath to Thornton Lane. Turn right, cross bridge and cross to footpath sign on left. Follow track through farm and continue straight keeping to left of field. Keep straight on then turn left, keep caravan park on your right and cross bridge to Ratby Lane. Cross to footpath sign on right. Keep field boundary on your left to yellow post. Turn left and keep woodland on your right to field. Proceed straight on through field to yellow post at bottom of hill. Carry straight on up the hill keeping hedge to your right to A50.Turn left up A50 for 500 yards the left and thenright at yellow post and follow path through field and woodland to Launde Rd. Turn left along Ratby Lane past kennels to signpost on right. Follow footpath through kennels and fields to track. Turn right and follow track back to Bull's Head. .Show more
#8 - Leicestershire Round: Markfield to Sileby
Bradgate Country Park
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
#9 - Thornton Plantations and Markfield Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
From Bull's Head walk down Croftway to footpath into fields, bear left into second field, follow footpath behind houses to track. Turn right and follow track to gate then cross diagonally across field to bridge. Cross bridge, straight on then bear right, cross field towards M1, bear left to footpath to Thornton Lane. Turn right, cross bridge and turn right at footpath sign on right. Follow track down to bridge and follow footpath through woodland. Turn left at yellow post to field. Cross field and follow footpath keeping woodland on right to track. Turn right and follow to Markfield Lane. Turn left, cross and follow footpath sign on right. Cross fields to Stanton Lane. Turn right, in half mile find footpath sign on right into woodland. Enter, bear right then left and follow footpath to top. Turn left through trees to Markfield Lane. Turn left, cross to footpath sign on right to Lame Duck Farm. Cross into field, keep to left, pass stables and then to South Charnwood School field. Cross to style, turn right then left and follow footpath through woodland to bridge. Follow footpath through field to underpass and then take track back to Bull's Head.Show more
#10 - Markfield to Stanton Circular
Markfield, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Stanton to Clifton Villas and back to Markfield. (Allow 2 hrs) From the Bull's Head follow the track through the M1 underpass and turn right. Follow yellow posts and path across fields to Grassy Lane. Turn right to Stoney Lane then left to the footpath sign on left into fields. Follow the yellow posts across fields to Elliot's Lane, cross and take footpath through plantation to road. Turn right and then right at footpath sin on right. Follow the path then take left turn along footpath running near to road. At yellow post turn left downhill to track. Turn left then soon right through trees to park and football field behind school. Bear left and cross to far corner and emerge on Main St. Turn left and then left at The Old Thatched Inn. Follow the footpath sign through a private drive and follow yellow posts into fields turn left to field boundary and follow yellow posts keeping pond on your left and the solar farm on your right. Turn into plantation and cross to a yellow post then proceed across fields to Broad Lane. Turn right past houses to edge of school field. Follow footpath sign along edge of school field then turn left onto footpath. Cross to style, turn right then left and follow footpath through woodland to bridge. Follow footpath through field to underpass and then take track back to Bull's Head.Show more
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