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Walking in Leicestershire

Nearly a quarter of all car trips are less than
2 miles. Most people could walk it in 30 to 40 minutes - and get healthy, help the environment, and save money.
Leicestershire has many great places to explore on foot, whether you're looking for somewhere for a leisurely stroll, information about walking groups, or want to incorporate walking into your daily routine as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Family walking at Beacon

Walking Maps & Promoted Routes

Family WalksStrolls on your Doorstep A series of leaflets, each containing ten easy access walks in urban areas, perfect for people new to walking. Each walk is graded and contains information such as distance, time needed, gradients and surfaces of the paths used.
Local Walks This popular seies of leaflets (formerly known as 'Parish Walks') are suitable for a short stroll or an all-day walk in the countryside. The routes are all circular and range in distance from 1-9 miles. Each leaflet contains written directions and a map.
Fun Outdoors - Family Walks If you’re looking for a great day out that’s both entertaining and affordable, then why not take the family out for a walk. Make a day of it by combining a walk with a visit to one of Leicestershire’s attractions.
Themed Walks Themed walks, published or supported by the County Council, including the Mining Heritage Trail, Geological Walks, Walking through time at Staunton Harold, Walking to nature in The Outwoods, Airport Walks.
Longer Walks Long-distance routes, published or supported by the County Council, including the 100-mile Leicestershire Round route, the new National Forest Way, the 36-mile Ivanhoe Way in the north west, and the Midshires Way in the east.
Map of Paths & Walking Routes Search by town, village, or postcode for all footpaths, bridleways and byways, plus short and long-distance promoted walks within Leicestershire. NB: this is NOT the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way.
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Places to Walk

Bagworth Heath WoodsCountry Parks (County Council) The County Council manages a wide range of attractive places for walks, picnics, exploring nature and enjoying the countryside.
Other Places to Walk (non-County Council) Bradgate Park, The National Forest, other parks, woodlands, and waterways.
Nature Reserves managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Members of the public are welcome to visit the reserves except for Charnwood Lodge (woodland areas), Cloud Wood, and Ulverscroft (National Trust owned area) where permits are required.
Open Access areas Search for Open Access land in Leicestershire where people can walk freely  on upland areas, heaths, and registered common land as result of what is commonly known as the 'right to roam'.
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Organised Walks

Walk en route in the fieldWalking Groups Details of friendly and welcoming local groups you can join.
Guided Walks providers Find shorter walks led by experts on subjects like heritage, archaeology, architecture, woodlands or wildlife.
Health Walks Short, sociable, regular and local walks that help improve your fitness and mood.
Charity and Challenge Walk Events A selection of local walk events for good causes happening during the year
Netwalking (commercial site) The latest concept in business development, combining networking for business people with walking in the great outdoors.
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Other Walks, Orienteering and Climbing

Beacon Hill Country Park
Natural England Search for walks, rides and areas of open access in Leicestershire and Rutland provided under the Countryside Stewardship, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Environmental Stewardship Schemes.
Orienteering The Leicestershire Orienteering Club arranges events and has organised a series of Permanent Orienteering Courses around the County.
Climbing A website listing climbs based on the book Leicestershire Climbs by Geoff Mason and Ken Vickers and including links to some local climbing clubs.
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Report a Problem on a Public Right of Way

Waymarker postReport a Problem If you find a problem on a footpath, bridleway, or byway in Leicestershire, please report it using our online form so the issue can be investigated and the appropriate action taken.
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Page Last Updated: 4 June 2014