10 lockdown walks with a coffee pitstop
Going stir crazy locked up inside with the kids this week? Stretch your legs and refuel en route with these brilliant local walks, all with pitstops for coffee and cake. Grab your wellies and go!
Pass by craggy rocks, up through Beacon Hill where you can spot wooden sculptures, and a natural play area – handy for the kids this half term plus, don’t miss the view from Bucks Hills – see the full walk here. Enjoy some cake and coffee or a hot pastry at The Beacon Hill. Always a winner for their friendly service too.
Market Bosworth Country Park
Plenty of gentle walks to enjoy through the 30 hectare park but if you think you can handle something a bit more adventurous, try the Leicestershire Round – a mammoth 100-mile trek that links fields, lanes and bridleways around some of the county’s best-known sites such as Bosworth Battlefield, Foxton Locks and Burrough Hill Iron Age fort. Start from the village of Sutton Cheney, walk the towpath of the Ashby canal or ride on the Battlefield line railway which terminates at Shenton station. After the trek, you’ll need to refuel, so top up your coffee at The Black Horse Deli and grab a takeaway bap while you’re at it.
Head here early in the morning to avoid any crowds as it’s a popular place for dog walkers too. The local area is full of ancient countryside so start at Old John Tower, Newtown Linford and explore the rugged landscapes while enjoying views and the ruins of 16th century Bradgate House where you may even catch glimpses of the wild deer that roam here. Just north of Bradgate Park, Swithland Woods is a 155-acre ancient woodland. If you’ve got the kids in tow, it’s a great place to let them burn off any energy if you do, then treat yourself to some thing sweet over at The Park Kitchen and Deli and don’t forget a velvety and strong flat white – you’ll need it.
Burbage Common, Hinckley
Located on the edge of Hinckley, the large countryside park, Burbage Common is a 200 acre park is a mix of semi-natural woodland and unspoilt grassland. Pick up a freshly ground coffee and a homemade cake from Acorns for a sugar hit to get you through your morning walk that will take you through Sheepy Wood, woodland streams, under bridges and more.
Tugby to Hallaton
This lengthy Leicestershire walk visits the rolling landscape to the south-east of Tugby to reach the small but picturesque village of Hallaton. You’ll cross footbridges, go through courtyards, walk through the open countryside, pass the edge of Noseley Wood and then back into Tugby. Fuel up at Cafe Ventoux – the perfect place for a pastry and hot drink.
Download your fave podcast to enjoy during this long but easy walk. The 8 mile stretch takes in Great Glen and one of the county’s most beautiful churches too. Start at family-run Pennbury Farm where you can grab a coffee and a cheeky bacon sandwich too. Head to Little Stretton and then across to King’s Norton, where you’ll find one of Leicestershire’s finest churches, St John The Baptist. Follow the path to Burton Overy and through Great Glen back to where you started. See the full walk here.
Plenty of pretty walks nestled within 4200 acres of stunning countryside but a great one for those looking for an easy stroll is to start at Rutland Garden Nursery and get a takeaway panini and cappuccino to keep you watered well during your walk. Walk along Lyndon Road to Normanton and walk across the dam to Sykes Lane and back. The route is flat and smooth and has fantastic views and dogs are welcome too. Next time you can try something a little longer by checking out the Rutland Water walking map here.
Market Harborough to Foxton
Start at the canal basin in Market Harborough and walk along the canal to Foxton Locks which is just over 5 miles. Follow the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal for this pretty waterside walk. It runs for about 6 miles along a nice flat towpath, passing a series of pretty bridges. Pick up the towpath and follow it past Great Bowden and Gallow Hill to Foxton Locks. The area includes a woodland trail, lovely rural views and the pretty village of Foxton. Walk past the prison and across the fields back to Market Harborough and then pick up a bite to eat and something to drink from nearby eatery, The Waterfront.
Ashby de la Zouch
An easy walk of around 45 to 60 mins, with nearly all good firm paths and taking in the Ennstone and Ashby Woulds Heritage Trails, Moira Furnace and part of the Ashby Canal. This is a great family walk with plenty of interesting sights. Stop at The Hub Café at Moira Furnace for a refreshing top up before heading back.
Barrow Upon Soar
An easy walk following the River Soar through water meadows from Barrow to Quorn. The walk will take you through footpaths along the border of the River Soak, pass a Roman settlement, the canal and into Barrow Deep Lock. Barrow of Treats is a great place to pick up a smashed avocado and poached eggs on a breakfast muffin with your regular, much-needed caffeine hit.