GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Coalville Walks

16 miles (26 km)

This Leicestershire based town is close to a number of peaceful woodland areas and an excellent viewpoint at the high point in the county.
This circular walk around Coalville visits some of the highlights of the area including Donington le Heath Manor House, Sence Valley Forest Park, Grange Woods, Bagworth Heath Woods, Thornton Reservoir and the highest point in Leicestershire at Bardon Hill.
The walk starts at Donington le Heath Manor House on the south western side of the town. The historic 17th century house is one of the highlights of the area and includes a beautiful garden. The fully furnished house was owned by a family who lived in the shadow of the Gunpowder Plot. From the house the route then follows public footpaths south west to visit the Sence Valley Forest Park where there's a series of lakes and some pleasant woodland trails.
The route continues south east through Ibstock where you'll pass through Grange Wood and Battram Wood where there's a signed cycle route.
You continue south east towards Bagworth where you'll pass Royal Tigers and Centenary Wood before coming to Bagworth Heath Woods where there are good wildlife spotting opportunites.
In the Bagworth area you pick up sections of the Ivanhoe Way and the Leicestershire Round and follow the waymarked paths east to the pretty Thornton Reservoir.
Here you turn north through Browns Wood and Stanton Under Barton before climbing to the viewpoints at Billa Barra Hill and Bardon Hill, the highest point in the county. There's a radio mast, an old quarry and fine views to the Malvern Hills, the Shropshire Hills and the Peak District from the hill top.
After descending the hill you head south west through Greenhill and Hugglescote to return to Coalville town centre.

Coalville OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Coalville Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Coalville

  • Sence Valley Forest Park - Enjoy a series of lovely cycling and walking trails in this good sized country park near Ibstock
  • Shepshed - This interesting town is located near Loughborough in the Charnwood area of Leicestershire.
  • Blackbrook Reservoir - This short walk visits Blackbrook Reservoir near Coalville in Leicestershire
  • Thornton Reservoir - Enjoy cycling and walking around this pretty reservoir in Thornton, Leicestershire
  • Ivanhoe Way - Travel through the setting of Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel on this circular walk around Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.
    The path starts Ashby-de-la-Zouch and first heads to Moira where you will follow the Ashby Canal for a short stretch
  • Charnwood Forest - This long circular walk explores the parks, woodland, hills, nature reserves and countryside in the attractive Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • Loughborough Canal Walk - A waterside walk from Loughborough to Leicester along a section of the Grand Union Canal and the River Soar
  • Watermead Country Park - This beautiful country park contains over 12 lakes and ponds, wildflower meadows, woodland, grassland and reedbeds set in 350 acres of parkland
  • Bardon Hill - Climb to the highest point in Leicestershire on this walk near Coalville
  • Leicestershire Round - Explore the countryside, villages, canals, rivers and reservoirs of Leicestershire on this interesting and varied circular walk
  • Mount St Bernard Abbey - Visit this Cistercian monastery near Coalville on this short walk
  • Moira Furnace - This attraction in Moira includes a 36 acre country park with walking and cycling trails along the Ashby Canal
  • Castle Donington - This historic market town in Leicestershire,is located near theNational Forest, just north of East Midlands Airport

Pubs/Cafes

On the outskirts of the town The Birch Tree is a good choice for refreshment. The main draw here is a really lovely garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them on Bardon Road at postcode LE67 1TD for your sat navs.
On the route you could stop off at The Bulls Head in Abbot's Oak, near Bardon Hill. They serve good food with particularly fine Italian stone-baked pizzas. There's also a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode LE67 4QQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The countryside, woodland and heathland on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Birch Tree and Bulls Heads pubs mentioned above are also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just north of the route near Whitwick there's the fascinating Mount St Bernard Abbey to visit. Here you can explore the grounds with its beautiful gardens, visit the church and walk up to the cross at 'Calvary'. From the elevated position of the cross there's lovely views over the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.

Photos

The Old Manor House - geograph.org.uk - 773969 (cropped)

The Old Manor House. The ancient manor house at Donington-le-Heath was derelict for many years in the 1950's and 60's, and was almost lost to posterity. Now owned by the County Council, it is a worthy museum to our ancient heritage and stages many events annually.

Path down to the lakes at Sence Valley Forest Park - geograph.org.uk - 1494729

Path down to the lakes at Sence Valley Forest Park. Heading north to the hairpin which leads left to the lakes at the bottom of the valley. Now part of the National Forest, it is hard to believe that this area was part of the open cast mine, which between 1982 and 1996 produced eight million tons of coal for nearby power stations.

Kelham Bridge Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1571161

Kelham Bridge Nature Reserve, just south east of the manor house.

View from Billa Barra Hill - geograph.org.uk - 513998

View from Billa Barra Hill. Looking towards Bardon Hill Quarry, Bardon Hill is the high ground to the right.

Battram Wood - geograph.org.uk - 158847

Battram Wood. Battram Wood is part of the Charnwood Forest area and was planted from 1999 onwards. Come back in 100 years!

Thornton viewed from Bagworth Heath - geograph.org.uk - 542243

Thornton viewed from Bagworth Heath. Part of 75 hectares of woodland, heathland, grassland and lakes within the National Forest in Leicestershire.

Looking towards the northwest arm of Thornton Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 331928

Looking towards the northwest arm of Thornton Reservoir. This 75 acre Severn Trent reservoir is set in rolling farmland and woodland with public access. There are trails for walkers, cyclists and for the disabled. Leicester relied on wells and springs for drinking water, like most large cities and towns, until the 19th century when the cholera epidemics in 1831,1832 and 1847 forced Parliament into action. In 1847, an Act of Parliament allowed a private company to be formed to supply the city. By 1854, it had already built Thornton reservoir, together with a treatment plant and distribution mains.Cropston Reservoir was added in 1866, andSwithland Reservoir in 1896.

Bardon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 681852

Bardon Hill trig point.

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