GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Breedon Hill Walk

1 miles (1.5 km)

This walk explores the attractive Leicestershire village of Breedon on the Hill.
The circular walk starts in the village and heads north to explore Breedon Hill. The hill is composed of Carboniferous limestoneand rises to a height of 122 metres (400ft). You can follow footpaths around the hill and past Breedon Quarry before returning to the village. From the top of the hill there are excellent views of the surrounding countryside. At the summit you'll also find The BulwarksIron Agehill fort andBreedon's historicChurch of England parish church. The hill top building is something of a local landmark and contains some fascinating ancient sculptures.


DE73 8AT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Breedon Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Breedon Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to The Holly Bush for some post walk refreshments. It's a historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 16th century. They serve high quality locally sourced food with some particularly delicious pies. The pub can be found at 1 Melbourne Lane with a postcode of DE73 8AT for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The village and hill are a nice place to take your dog for a bracing walk. The Holly Bush Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly and can provide water bowls for your thirsty friend.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area just head a couple of miles east to visit Staunton Harold Reservoir. The expansive lake has some nice waterside trails to try. Just to the south west of the lake you'll also find Calke Park where there's a historic abbey surrounded by some lovely parkland and gardens.
The village is not far from Ashby-de-la-Zouch where you can enjoy more waterside walking along the Ashby Canal.
Just to the north west there's the neighbouring Derbyshire town of Melbourne, where there are some nice walks around Melbourne Hall and Pool.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.


Green and memorial at Breedon on the hill - - 1042743

The village green. The circular building is a war memorial.

Breedon Priory Church on a sunny winter morning - - 288014

The Priory Church of St Mary and St Hardulph, Breedon on the Hill. It's a noteworthy building having been originially founded as amonasteryin the 7th century. It contains the largest collection, and some of the finest examples, ofAnglo-Saxon sculptures in the country. The church has also been known asBreedon Prioryand as theHoly Hill Monastery. It is Grade I listingfor its exceptional architectural interest. This is the church viewed from the southeast on a sunny December morning. The churchyard is full of 18th and 19th century gravestones which, being made from Swithland Slate, are still completely legible.

Public Footpath from the Church to the Village, Breedon on the Hill - - 930437

Public Footpath from the Church to the Village

Breedon on The Hill - - 1062826

The view from the Churchyard and Beacon

Breedon Lockup - - 584992

Breedon Lockup. The lockup was built in the 18th century to hold local offenders for short periods. Drunks were held there to sober up, which was handy, since the Three Horseshoes Inn is just across the road.

Mercian Carvings, Breedon-on-the-Hill. - - 128097

Mercian Carvings. Wonderful carvings from the Dark Ages at Breedon. The hilltop church is on the site of an Iron Age camp. It is above the village, on "The Bulwarks", a striking hill which has been steadily eroded by quarrying.


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