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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.

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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.

 
 
 
Horseshoe Cottage Farm

VisitEngland 5 Star Bed & BreakfastBed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £100 prpnb, Leicester, 0116 235 0038

Luxury in Leicestershire's Charnwood Forest awaits at Horseshoe Cottage Farm, recently converted from old stone farm buildings. The home cooked meals with seasonal foods, sourced locally and the vegetables and eggs, home grown.

 
 
 
Foxton Locks Lodges

VisitEngland 4 to 5 Star Self-cateringSelf-catering with 4 units, £500-£800 pupw sleeps 4, Market Harborough, 0785 992 4395

Our log cabins are finished to the highest of standards. Each cabin has TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. There is a gas burning fire in each cabin. Large decking area with table and chairs, BBQ, your own private hot tub.

 
 
 
Dandelion Hideaway at Osbaston House Farm

VisitEngland  GlampingGlamping 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’.

 
 

Walking

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

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Cycling

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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Horseriding

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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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Waterways

Canal

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 June 2016