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Get out and about in the Harborough district

District Walking Guide

Welcome to the walking section of ExploreHarborough. Here you will find all you need to get you donning your boots and breathing our wonderful fresh air across the district's beautiful countryside.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's under-rated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.  Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

Discover different ways for all the family to enjoy Harborough on foot, try one of these heritage trails and learn something about our area while being active.


Foxton locks and the surrounding area is open and accessible to the public all year round. The network of footpaths and towpaths provide ideal walking and cycling opportunities with a choice of many routes.

To make the most of your visit make sure you download the free Foxton Discover App - either ahead of your visit or at The BoilerHouse. Alternatively Foxton Locks has an Orienteering course for you to explore. More details are available again from The BoilerHouse.

Wistow Maze is a giant 8 acre maize maze with a fun quiz trail hidden amongst 3 miles of pathways, with high-level bridges and towers giving fabulous panoramic views.

The maze includes an activity funyard with mini mazes and games for all the family, including hoopla, beanbag throwing, a space hopper track and football shooting game.

Situated opposite is the Wistow Rural Centre with a café, garden centre, model village, art gallery and numerous shops, making Wistow a great day out for all the family.


This former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway is now a car free ‘linear’ park surrounded by beautiful scenery and rich in natural and historical heritage. Walk, cycle, run, or ride, it's a great place to get outdoors and enjoy nature.


If you're visiting the town of Market Harborough or work in the town, take a break and eat your lunch in Welland Park. Walk along the Millennium Mile from the town to the park where you can feed the ducks on the river.

Healthy walks take place every Monday at 12noon and each Wednesday at 10am. The walks, led by trained walk leaders, start and finish at Welland Park Café and last approximately 1 hour. Tea and coffee is available after each walk.

East Carlton Park

Three nature trails afford the energetic a chance to stretch their legs and look more closely at the remarkable selection of hardwoods, plant life and with luck the varied bird life as well. It is part of the Jurassic ironstone rock seam, which extends from Dorset to Yorkshire and accounts for the establishment of the local steel industry, runs through the parkland. This is typical of the Corby area and an outcrop can be seen on the trails.

Activity leaflets are available from the cafe making it a fun afternoon out.

There is a full range of self guided Parish Walks right here. Click the image and select your route to download a full PDF of route instructions.
Join the Leicestershire Fieldworkers and take part in archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Join the world's largest treasure hunt. There are lots of sites across Harborough where you'll find treasure.
Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. Find a local group to join in.
Join together for a Healthy Heart Walk in Harborough.  Other activities are also available.
Harborough is a haven for many rare Pokemon, why wouldn’t you want to be here? Email us your findings at and we’ll celebrate it via twitter.
Take a break from your walking for some refreshments.  Cafes, country pubs and restaurants, there's a great choice.