Visit Ashby and Coalville
There are many walks in North West Leicestershire. The National Forest Walking Festival takes place each May where a series of short, medium and long distance walks are organised by expert leaders.
There are trails in the area that are great for walkers and cyclists. The Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail runs from the village of Measham to Albert Village and Cloud Trail starting at Worthington follows the track of an old railway.
The new National Forest Way long distance trail opened in 2014, and takes walkers on a fascinating journey through a transforming landscape at the heart of the Midlands.
The route takes in 75 miles of public and permissive footpaths, crossing the length and breadth of The National Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire (the route can be walked from east to west or west to east).
The trail leads visitors through young and ancient woodlands, hidden valleys, along canal towpaths, and celebrates the industrial heritage of this changing landscape at the heart of the Midlands. Walkers can witness the area’s evolution from a rural landscape, through industrialisation and its decline, to the modern-day creation of a new forest, where 21st century life is threaded through a mosaic of green spaces and settlements.
In North West Leicestershire it visits the market town of Ashby de la Zouch, and passes through the Staunton Harold Estate with its National Trust church.
For further information see the National Forest Way website.
Coalville Arts Trail
The Coalville Public Art Trail highlights various art projects in and around Coalville.
Included is the Hugglescote Bear, the Hugglescote Gateway, Memorial Square panels, Phoenix Green Mural, Sustrans Phoenix Green Milepost, Forest Road Mural, the Mother and Child statue and the Miners' Statue.
Also featured in the trail are the jewels in the town which are a series of mosaic panels which are sited one buildings around the town. Each panel drew its inspiration from the building itself or from some aspect of the history of Coalville. There is a leaflet with a map so visitors can follow the trail.
- Ashby Castle's audio guide offers an amusing account of its dramatic history.
- Donington le Heath Manor House near Coalville provides access to a virtual tour on the ground floor and also a new audio tour.
A set of cycle maps covering the county including Coalville are available. These maps can be viewed on the Choose How You Move website or can be picked up from Tourist Information Centres.