Great Central Railway: Quorn to Rothley is a 6.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Loughborough, Leicestershire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear walk that uses a steam train for the return leg. Services are usually limited to weekends and bank holidays plus selected weekdays in the summer, so check timetables before you travel. This 6.5 mile linear walk in Leicestershire runs through varied and attractive countryside, and offers a ride with style back to the start, courtesy of the Great Central Railway's steam hauled trains. It runs from the railway's Quorn and Woodhouse station, 2.5 miles south of Loughborough, to Rothley station. The first section of the walk runs alongside a delightful little river, and provides good views of the railway, while the latter part takes you through the mature Oak woodland of Swithland woods. Most of the walking is on paths and tracks, with 0.9 mile along roadside pavements. The riverside walk can get very wet and muddy after rain. There are 9 stiles on the walk, but none of them pose a barrier for most dogs. This is a good walk for dogs. Livestock is only likely to be encountered in a field in the first section, and another one in the last. Allow 3.5 hours for the walk, plus trainspotting time.

The walk starts from the car park of Quorn and Woodhouse station, LE12 8AG. However you could also arrive here by GCR train, joining the railway at one of its other three stations '€“ Loughborough Central (NOT Midland!), Leicester North, or Rothley. Quorn is served by the Arriva bus route 126 from Leicester to Coalville, Arriva bus route 127 from Leicester to Shepshed, Kinchbus route 2, from Loughborough to Leicester, and Centrebus route 154, from Loughborough to Leicester. The return leg can be completed via the railway, trains normally run every weekend, bank holidays and selected weekdays in the summer. Check timetables at www.gcrailway.co.uk

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marie clarke
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George Krik
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Susan Susan
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Great walk if you like trains. Did this in reverse as wanted the longer train journey back to Leicester. Took the bus to Rothley to enable me to do this. Tea shops at the start and finish which is always good. The paths were very dry when I did this walk the only muddy bit was by the river coming into Quorn, and that wasn’t too bad.

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Craig Sanders
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Had a fantastic walk today with my wife and dog (see pictures) very detailed instructions and map was fantastic! Cant wait to do it again! Recommended to all within the local vacinity :)

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Matt Brooks
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