Leicestershire’s stunning landscapes take on a whole new beauty in the midst of winter, making the city and county ideal for exploring on bracing walks.

It's the perfect time to pull on your walking boots and warm clothing and explore the delightful walking routes which criss-cross the region. Although we can't venture too far due to lockdown restictions, we're sure you'll find the perfect walk right on your doorstep or inspiration for when we can travel. 

The Leicestershire Round

The monster of all local walks is the aptly-named Leicestershire Round – a 100-mile trek starting and finishing at Newtown Linford, linking field paths, lanes and bridleways to some of the county’s best-known sites such as Bosworth Battlefield, Foxton Locks and Burrough Hill Iron Age fort.

Walking the whole route is a gruelling task, but there are numerous shorter routes that make up the long 100 miles. You’ll experience picturesque canal towpaths, public rights of way and quiet country roads perfect for enjoying longer days of the spring sunshine.

The Leicestershire Round was devised back in 1987 for the centenary of the Leicestershire Footpath Association, who produced a book dividing the route into various shorter walks, with stopping places, pubs and cafes for the weary traveller. It extends as far north as Frisby on the Wreake, to Shackerstone in the west, High Cross on the border with Warwickshire, Foxton Locks in the south and Belton in Rutland in the east. Find out more about the history of the Leicestershire Round Here.

If you’re not brave enough to walk the Leicestershire Round, those looking for shorter walks in stunning parts of the city and county are spoiled for choice!

County Walks

Bradgate Park is criss-crossed with tracks through some of the county’s most geologically ancient countryside, with starting points at Old John Tower, Newtown Linford village and Cropston Reservoir.

Visitors can experience the wild, rugged landscapes and stunning views of nature at its best with stunning views of the stream through the park to the ruins of 16th century Bradgate House and the expansive deer park. It’s just a stone’s throw from warm and welcoming pubs and cafes including The Linford Pub, The Bradgate and the Grey Lady in Newtown Linford, as well as tea rooms at the park itself. At nearby Cropston, the Badger’s Sett and the Bradgate Arms in Cropston are also worth a visit.

Further west, Thornton Reservoir offers a six-mile countryside walk from the village of the same name, with the Bricklayers Arms and The Reservoir Inn offering hot food and good beer.

Walkers wanting to retrace the steps of Leicestershire’s history can explore a six-mile walk around Bosworth Battlefield and surrounding villages.

The circular walk starts and finishes at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre along the Ashby De La Zouch canal, through fields where King Richard III is believed to have been killed in battle in 1485, before taking in quiet roads around the village of Shenton and crossing the Battlefield Line preserved railway.

© Leicester County Council - Re-enactment at Bosworth Battlefield

Further to the south of the county, Foxton Locks offers pleasant walks along the leafy canal towpath, past huddled narrowboats and onto the historic locks themselves. No visit is complete without a visit to the Foxton Locks Inn and Old Boathouse, overlooking the waterway.

City Walks

For those living in and around the city itself, there is still plenty to offer in terms of bracing walks taking in history, heritage and scenery.

The canal towpath on the River Soar connects Leicester city centre to Abbey Park and Watermead Country Park in the north, and down to Aylestone Meadows and Glen Parva in the south.

One of the best local walker and dog-friendly pubs – the Cow and Plough at Stoughton Grange Rural Centre – is a perfect place to finish a walk in the countryside, with its gastropub menu, selection of ales and friendly informal atmosphere where muddy boots and pooches are welcomed.

A walk from the centre of Oadby will take you there, following rights of way and footpaths from Uplands Park through leafy streets and eventually out into the fields to the east of Stoughton Road, before leading onto Gartree Road and towards Shady Lane Arboretum and Evington Village.

There are also several more shorter walks around Oadby itself, including Brocks Hill Country Park, Uplands Park and Willow Park, and the University of Leicester’s Botanic Gardens.

So grab your thick coat and your walking boots and get out there to explore the scenery that’s right on your doorstop – but don’t forget to treat yourself afterwards

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Bradgate Park
Parkland / Woodland Garden
Bradgate Country Park

The Estate, Tearooms and Car Parks are open and will remain open during November 5th - 2nd December lockdown.  Please note the Visitor Centre has not re-opened and remains closed until further notice. The Deer Barn and Conservatory Tearooms are offering a limited Take Away service, 10am-4pm, with our Conservatory Tearoom only open at weekends. The Shop be closed in lockdown.

Bosworth Battlefield
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is a colourful multi award winning interactive exhibition telling the story of the Battle of Bosworth

Aylestone Meadows
Municipal Park
Aylestone Meadows - Parks, Sports and recreation in Leicester

For over 100 years Aylestone Meadows has been a popular location for the people of Leicester to spend their leisure time. It is still used today for walking, cycling, picnics, fishing, and boating.

Foxton Locks
Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks is home to Britain’s longest set of staircase locks.



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