GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mountsorrel Walks

14 miles (22.6 km)

This Leicestershirebased village is in a great location for walkers wishing to explore the National Forest area of the county. There's riverside trails along the Soar, some fine local country parks and a series of picturesque reservoirs to explore on foot.
This walk from the village takes you to some of the local walking highlights including Swithland Reservoir, Swithland Woods, Cropston Reservoir and Bradgate Country Park. The varied route makes use of sections of the Leicestershire Round and National Forest Way long distance footpaths.
The walk starts at Mountsorrel Lock on the River Soar just east of the village. Near here you can pick up the Leicestershire Round and follow it west past the old Mountsorrel Quarries. The trail will take you along the top of Swithland Reservoir before heading south to Swithland Wood. There's lots of peaceful woodland trails with a variety of wildlife to see here.
You continue south to another waterside trail along Cropston Reservoir before looping back to explore the popular Bradgate Country Park. There's resident deer and a fine viewpoint with views across the surrounding countryside.
The route then heads north back through the woods to the neighbouring village of Woodhouse Eaves. Here you could take a detour or extension to visit another great viewpoint at Beacon Hill Country Park which lies just to the north west.
This route heads east along the Leicestershire Round to return you to Mountsorrel.

Postcode

LE12 7BB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Mountsorrel OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mountsorrel Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Mountsorrel

  • Bradgate Country Park - Bradgate is a very large, 830 acre park located just outside the city of Leicester
  • Charnwood Forest - This long circular walk explores the parks, woodland, hills, nature reserves and countryside in the attractive Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • Swithland Reservoir - This pretty reservoir is located just to the south east of Loughborough
  • Beacon Hill Country Park - Explore 335 acres of mixed woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and farmland on this country park walk or cycle near Loughborough
  • Woodhouse Eaves - This attractive Leicestershire village has several local country parks and two nearby reservoirs for walkers to explore.
  • Cropston Reservoir - Enjoy a waterside walk along this pretty reservoir in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • National Forest Way - This splendid 75 mile walk runs from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.
  • Swithland Woods - These woods in the Charnwood Forest have a series of good footpaths to try
  • Tickhill - This short circular walk explores Tickhill Castle and the Mill dam walkway in the pretty little Yorkshire village.
  • Loughborough Canal Walk - A waterside walk from Loughborough to Leicester along a section of the Grand Union Canal and the River Soar
  • Cropston Reservoir - Enjoy a waterside walk along this pretty reservoir in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • Woodhouse Eaves - This attractive Leicestershire village has several local country parks and two nearby reservoirs for walkers to explore.
  • Beacon Hill Country Park - Explore 335 acres of mixed woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and farmland on this country park walk or cycle near Loughborough
  • River Soar - This lovely circular waterside walk takes you along both sides of the River Soar in the city centre of Leicester
  • Rothley - This village in Leicestershire is located in the National Forest area of the country

Pubs/Cafes

At the start/finish off the route you can enjoy some post exercise relaxation and refreshment at the Waterside Inn. The inn is located in a fine spot next to the lock on the River Soar. You can sit outside in the lovely garden and enjoy a meal with a view over the water. The pub can be found at Sileby Rd with postcode LE12 7BB for your sat navs.
Just west of the village there's the noteworthy Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre. Here you'll find a garden railway, an interesting train museum and some pleasant nature trails. There's also Granite’s Coffee Shop where you can enjoy a bite to eat. It's a lovely place to visit if you have time after your walk. On selected weekends throughout the year you can also see the Great Central Railway heritage trains running along the line. You can find the centre at 240 Swithland Lane with postcode LE7 7UE for your sat navs.

Photos

Mountsorrel Lock - geograph.org.uk - 2350948

Mountsorrel Lock with Waterside Inn in the background.

Butter Market, Mountsorrel - geograph.org.uk - 238728

Butter Market, Mountsorrel. This was erected in 1793 to protect stallholders from the weather and to replace the original medieval market cross which is now sited at Swithland.

Buddon Quarry, Mountsorrel - geograph.org.uk - 226329

Buddon Quarry, Mountsorrel. Looking into 'The Pit'. The largest hard-rock quarry in Britain comprising a granodiorite most probably of Ordovician age (c450Ma). Can you see the tiny lorry at the bottom?

Victorian brick bridge over the Soar - geograph.org.uk - 677122

Victorian brick bridge over the Soar. Has the date '1860' on it, and at the time was the largest brick span in Britain. The paler pink areas appear to be more recent cladding. The bridge used to carry rail trucks from the Mountsorrel granite quarries to the rail line at Barrow, but the granite chippings are now carried on a conveyor belt.

Swithland Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 2151189

Swithland Reservoir

Disused slate quarry in Swithland Wood - geograph.org.uk - 143623

Disused slate quarry in Swithland Wood

Bradgate Park - geograph.org.uk - 885478

Bradgate Park The Charnwood Forest landscape of rugged hills emerging from areas of thick woodland is unlike anywhere else in Leicestershire and can be quite a surprise for anyone unfamiliar with the county. Bradgate Park, an ancient deer park covering 830 acres, contains some of the best of this landscape and has benefited from being kept largely in its original condition - although much of the park has now been overtaken by bracken which replaced gorse and heather. This path leads up to the Leicestershire Yeomanry memorial.

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