GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Aylestone Meadows

1 miles (2 km)

This easy walk visits Leicester's largest local nature reserve.
It's a fine place for a walk with trails along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal Walk. There's nice footpaths and raised boardwalks to follow around this urban oasis where you can see horses grazing and a variety of birds around the water. There's also lots of interesting plants and a medievalpackhorse bridge to see.
You can start the walk from the car park at the northern end of the site, off Braunstone Lane East.


LE2 8DZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Aylestone Meadows OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Aylestone Meadows Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The reserve is a popular place for dog walkers so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you could pick up the River Soar Walk and visit the lovely Watermead Country Park where there are a series of lakes to explore.
Just to the south there's Everards Meadows where there's a popular cycle route and more nice walking trails. The site also includes a cafe and cycle hire centre.
If you head east towards Oadby and Wigston there's a pleasant community orchard and pretty meadows to explore at Brocks Hill Country Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.


Horses on the Aylestone Meadows - - 651286

Horses on the Aylestone Meadows

New pathways on the Aylestone Meadows - - 815368

New pathways on the Aylestone Meadows. Looking northeast from the Middleton Street entrance. These paths were constructed during the winter and spring of 2008.

Footbridge on the Aylestone Meadows - - 815384

Footbridge on the Aylestone Meadows. This bridge carries a path that links the Great Central Way and the Canal Street car park.

Autumn on the Aylestone Meadows - - 1022371

Autumn on the Aylestone Meadows. Alongside the River Biam.

Aylestone Packhorse Bridge pathway

Aylestone Packhorse Bridge pathway

Kings Lock - Grand Union Canal - - 2121017

Kings Lock


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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