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Autumn walks in Leics and Rutland

Grab your woolly hat and head out to enjoy these unmissable scenic walks and soak up the best views, stunning autumn colour and pub stops too. Pack a flask - coffee or hip, we won't judge!

EXTON, RUTLAND

Take in the beautiful countryside around Rutland Water including parkland, woods and historic buildings. Start in Exton Park from the Fox and Hounds (pic above) where you can fill up on hearty, seasonal dishes to fuel you on your way. Follow High Street to the left of the Green, then head towards Viking Way. You’ll eventually follow a path that passes between the lower lake on the left and Fort Henry Lake on the right. Take the tarmac path on the right past Tunneley Wood on your left and retrace your route back to the Fox and Hounds Inn. See the route here.

CLIPSHAM, RUTLAND

An easy three mile circuit walk that starts and ends at a great pub is always a good thing in our books! This one sets off from one of our fave gastro pubs, The Olive Branch. This easy walks takes you through the ancient Pickworth Great Wood and the local quarry. Bring your dog (they’ll love it) and your wellies too!

MEDBOURNE, HARBOROUGH

The gentle, and peaceful circular walk starts in the village and leads you through fields before coming to the beautiful old mansion, Nevill Holt and back again. Time it well and you can pop into the lovely Neville Arms which has just recently changed hands and the new owners have just recently reopened it after giving it some TLC with a fab makeover.

BEACON HILL COUNTY PARK, WOODHOUSE EAVES

Pic Credit: https://www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/

You like unspoilt, rolling hills with magnificent views? You’ll love it here then! At 248m, the summit of Beacon Hill Country Park near Loughborough is the second highest spot in Leicestershire so of course, boasts gorgeous views across the county and beyond so well worth the trek. Once back down on solid ground, enjoy a well-deserved coffee at the cafe.

SALTERSFORD VALLEY, SWADLINCOTE

Pic creditL https://www.nationalforest.or

This seven-hectare site tucked away in The National Forest has lots of open water areas known as ‘flashes’ as a direct result from mining subsidence that caused the brook to flood. That was then, but now it’s a safe and peaceful haven by the lake plus, a free car park. Bonus! If you’ve come on a whim, stop off at Grounds Cafe where you can grab a hot drink to enjoy on your walk.

BLUEBELL ARBORETUM AND NURSERY, ASHBY

Stay with us on this one; although it’s a family-run garden centre, they have a beautiful woodland garden covering nine acres. Most of the large trees are still young but many of the shrubs and smaller trees already show their full beauty and the arboretum has become a beautiful woodland walk with rare plant treasures on display. Now is the perfect time to visit with the leaves changing colours. If you’re a real nature enthusiast, take one of the guided tours for groups of six or more people. RHS members free or £5 for adults and free for under 18’s.

MARKET BOSWORTH COUNTRY PARK

Pic credit: https://www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/

Plenty of gentle walks to enjoy through the 30 hectare park. Follow the route of the Leicestershire Round long distance path south to the village of Sutton Cheney, call in at the Battle of Bosworth visitor centre, walk the towpath of the Ashby canal or ride on the Battlefield line railway which terminates at Shenton station. If after you’re feeling peckish, try The Black Horse Restaurant, one of my fave in the area. It’s got a really cosy charm about it and the food is always a winner too!

Burrough Hill Country Park, Melton Mowbray

One of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire, this park includes the well-preserved Iron Age hill fort which comes with great views if you can manage to climb the 210m (690f). If you still want to stretch your legs, extend your walk and visit the lovely Melton Country Park where there are a number of nice footpaths to follow around the pretty lakes.

Main image Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver on Unsplash

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