Enjoy the countryside of Leicester and Leicestershire

Walking is a great way to experience the varied landscape of Leicestershire, with its well signposted footpaths and quiet country lanes. Head for the flourishing National Forest for miles of nature trails, or discover some of England's most quaint villages on the Leicestershire Round - a 100-mile circular walk around the entire county. Have a walk with a difference at Wistow Maze among the sunflowers.


With miles of bridleways and cycleways, cyclists and horse riders are well catered for in Leicestershire.

Alternatively, why not get a view of Leicestershire from onboard a narrowboat? Leicestershire has an excellent network of waterways, with several places to hire boats or enjoy organised trips.

Horse riders

Cyclists and walkers friendly accommodation

Shepherds Rest Cottage

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-cateringSelf-catering with 1 unit, £65-£70 pupn sleeps 2, Market Harborough, 0116 259 2332

Lovely period converted cottage, boasting high ceilings, beams and oak floors set on a working sheep farm in the rural idyll of Burton Overy. Weekly rates £250 to £320. Weekend rates from £100. Pub in village serves excellent food.

Dandelion Hideaway at Osbaston House Farm

VisitEngland  Alternative AccommodationAlternative Accommodation with 6 units, £436-£846 pupw sleeps 6, Market Bosworth

The Dandelion Hideaway offers the finest family glamping holiday. Beautiful canvas cottages sleep six and have charming interiors with en-suite roll top bathrooms, two bedrooms and a ‘hayloft’.

Ashby Wells House

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-cateringSelf-catering with 1 unit, £85-£110 pupn sleeps 2-5, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Comfortable and stylish property set in the heart of the National Forest and the historic market town of Ashby-de-La-Zouch. Sleeps 5, self-catering, dogs welcome, large garden, open fire, cycle shed and a great location.

Lakeview Lodge

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-cateringSelf-catering with 2 units, £475-£755 pupw sleeps 2-4, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, 01283 763777

Lakeview Lodge offers superior self catering accommodation perfectly situated overlooking a fishing lake, creating a haven of peace and tranquility.



You can spot some of the city and county's finest landmarks while walking in the Leicestershire countryside

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Cycling track

Get on your bike and explore Leicestershire. There are many quiet and attractive places to go including routes for everyday journeys particularly in towns or around the city of Leicester.

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Offering miles of off-road bridleways, permissive routes and toll rides, horse riding provides a fabulous way to explore the area. Explore Leicestershire and the facilities available for horse riders.

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Leicestershire's waterways meander through some of the prettiest countryside in the city and county and past some great landmarks.

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Last updated April 2016