Best trails in Leicestershire, England

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Trying to find the best Leicestershire trails? AllTrails has 92 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Leicester, Loughborough or Markfield, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 57 easy trails in Leicestershire ranging from 1 to 14.4 miles and from 104 to 816 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 Leicestershire, England
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#1 - Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir and Grantham Canal
Fanny's Wood
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
A circular walk from the small Lincolnshire village of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, which sits on the county border with Leicestershire. The village is most famous for the nearby Belvoir Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, and this impressive early 19th century fortress dominates the hilltops here and is visible for most of the walk, giving it a strange fairytale-like feel. The castle’s history dates back to the 11th century. The route explores the village then moves on to a stretch of the Grantham Canal towpath before returning via an ancient lane and a stretch of the Viking Way through Fanny’s Wood. The route has just a few gentle inclines and the paths are a mixture of pavements, stone lanes/paths and grass towpaths/field paths, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather. The final large hillside pasture you cross is used for grazing cattle so take care with dogs at this point. There are several gates plus two stiles, both of which have gaps alongside that will be suitable for most dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.Show more
#2 - Medbourne and Nevill Holt Circular Walk
Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
A circular walk from the small village of Medbourne in Leicestershire. Having explored the centre of the village with its medieval Packhorse Bridge and pretty church, the route leads you out through arable fields to reach the nearby old mansion, Nevill Holt. The paths through the estate give you great views of the chapel, stable block and mansion, as well as the beautiful pieces of sculpture that are dotted around the grounds. The return leg follows a quiet lane which leads you back into the village. The route is incredibly peaceful and you will have lovely views throughout. The route has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout. You will be following a mixture of stone and grass tracks, field paths (which can get muddy) and tarmac lanes. The vast majority of the route is livestock free, ideal for dogs, with just one very short stretch through a sheep pasture so take care with dogs at this point. You will need to negotiate a couple of bridle gates and one kissing gate, and there are three stiles on route. The stiles have tight fence surrounds meaning dogs will need a hand over, but they can be avoided by taking a shortcut along a short stretch of lane. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#3 - Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton
Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
A circular walk starting and ending at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. The walk takes you along the Ashby De La Zouch Canal, across fields including the spot where Richard III is thought to have been slain, along some quiet roads around Shenton and across the Battlefield Line preserved railway. The route is generally fairly flat with just one steep incline from Shenton Station to the finish. The paths across the fields were well defined and showed very little mud even after a good fall of rain the day before. The canal towpath also had very little mud. You will need to negotiate many stiles and gates. There are steps down to the canal at Sutton Cheney Wharf and steps up and down as you cross the former railway line. You are likely to come across cows in one field, sheep in several other fields and a horse by the railway line, so take care with dogs. There are toilet and cafe facilities at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney Wharf and Shenton Station.Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - Swithland Woods and Bradgate Park
Bradgate Country Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
This is a nice walk through mixed woodlands and in to the Heath and hills of Bradgate park with roaming deer , a stop for a coffee and a steady walk.Show more
#6 - Cropston Reservoir
Bradgate Country Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
#7 - High Cross to Claybrooke Magna Circular
Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Park at High Cross, walk up to Frolesworth Manor Lake, back south to Claybrooke Magna, then Parva and back to High Cross. Route signposted, very small walking on roadsShow more
#8 - Foxton Canal and Locks
Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
A pleasant and easy walk in Leicestershire around canal towpaths and footpaths, with the option of a visit to explore Foxton Locks, the museum and the inclined plane. The route includes one short hill near the start. You will need to negotiate gates and a staggered barrier but there are no stiles on route. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1 hour. Show more
#9 - Bradgate Park Loop
Bradgate Country Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
A circular walk around Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford near Leicester in Leicestershire. The walking route explores the park, visiting the River Lin, the old manor house ruins, the Old John Tower folly and the war memorial along the way. The landscape is really beautiful, with gnarled oak trees (many of which are well over 500 years old) and rugged rocky outcrops, set against more formal ruins and specimen parkland trees. The tower sits on the highest point of the park and gives amazing views across the valley and the city of Leicester. You will also see the resident herd of deer. The walk follows a mixture of tarmac paths and unmade grassland paths that can get a bit muddy at times. The first stretch is fairly flat, but there is a long and steady climb up to the tower (of about 120 metres). Dogs are welcome in the park but remember you will come across deer throughout your walk – please follow the rules about which areas dogs must be on a lead and which areas they can be off lead (as long as they are under close control). There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route – you will only need to negotiate two simple wooden gates. There are two cafes and toilets available within the park. Allow 1.5 hours. Show more
#10 - Burrough Hill and Leicestershire Circular Walk
Burrough Hill Country Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
A circular walk from the ancient site of the Burrough Hill Iron Age hill fort near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. This part of Leicestershire is known as High Leicestershire. It has particularly picturesque rolling hills and there are many points where the views are really beautiful so make sure you walk on a clear day. The walk gives chance to explore the fort before joining the Leicestershire Round long-distance path heading through pastures and fields down to the village of Somerby. The route then crosses over to the village of Burrough on the Hill before heading north through more arable fields to rejoin the Leicestershire Round for the journey back to the fort. There are several climbs and descents throughout and the field paths can be very muddy after periods of wet weather and in winter. You will be sharing the paths with sheep for lots of the route and there are also a couple of places (including the fort) where cattle are grazing, so take care with dogs. There are lots of gates on route plus a few narrow footbridges, a couple of flights of steps and three stiles (all of which have adjacent dog gates or open fencing surrounds so they shouldn't pose a problem for most dogs). There are public toilets at the car park at the start of the walk, along with several picnic benches. Allow 3 hours. Show more
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