Get out into the fresh air - walk around Thornton Reservoir

Explore Leicestershire’s countryside

Surround yourself with the great outdoors and explore Leicestershire's countryside where you can enjoy picturesque waterways, country parks, cycle paths and lots more!

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.

Head to one of Leicestershire's many country parks such as Bradgate Country Park to see the ruins of the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey and the folly Old John, or Market Bosworth Country Park to explore its landscape, or visit one of the parks located in the city such as Abbey Park, Victoria Park or Castle Gardens.  With plenty 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.

Whether you want to get energetic, relax or explore there's so much to see and do, you'll need more than one day to discover it all.

There are many miles of footpaths in Leicestershire where you can take advantage of the beautiful countryside that is on offer. Hear what BBC presenter Chris Baxter had to say when he walked the famous Leicestershire Round.


Enjoy a walk at a country park

Country parks

Get out into the fresh air, relax and enjoy nature. With an excellent network of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes linking fascinating villages, historic sites and country parks plus landscapes that vary from the granite hills of Charnwood Forest peaceful valleys and canals, Leicestershire's countryside has it all.

Download a cycling guide from the County Council website


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


Read all about Ride Leicestershire


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



Parish walks in Leicestershire

Parish walks

This popular seies of leaflets are suitable for a short afternoon stroll or a day long walk. The routes are all circular and range in distance from 1 - 9 miles. Each leaflet contains written directions and a map. 


High Leicestershire

High Leicestershire horizons
is 8 miles starting from Tilton on the Hill. The landscape here is more remote and airy with quiet lanes threading through shallow valleys and occasional sweeping views. The walk criss-crosses the old railway line which, particularly at the majestic John O'Gaunt viaduct, once threaded its way through this country.

Grand Houses & Lost Villages

Grand houses & lost villages
is 6.8 miles starting from Hungarton, it passes the attractive country houses of Quenby, Lowesby and Baggrave in this rolling pastoral landscape, though the humps and hollows of deserted or dwindled medieval village sites indicate that it’s now an emptier countryside than was once the case.

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