GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Woodhouse Eaves Walks

9 miles (13.7 km)

This attractive Leicestershire village has several local country parks and two nearby reservoirs for walkers to explore.
This circular walk from the village visits some of the walking highlights of the area including Swithland Reservoir, Swithland Woods, Cropston Reservoir and Bradgate Country Park.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Leicestershire Round and follow the waymarked footpath east to visit Swithland Reservoir. The expansive reservoir is a pleasant place for a stroll with lots of birdlife to look out for on the water.
The route then heads south to visit Swithland Wood. There's a network of woodland trails here with pretty streams and mountain bike paths as well. Just south of the woods you'll come to Cropston Reservoir where you can enjoy a waterside stroll along the northern end of the water. Here you'll also find the lovely Bradgate Park where there's 830 acres of deer park to explore. You can follow the Leicestershire Round north through the park to the viewpoint at Old John Tower before continuing past Maplewell Farm to return to the village.
You can extend the walk by heading a short distance north east of the village to visit Beacon Hill Country Park.

Postcode

LE12 8SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Woodhouse Eaves OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Woodhouse Eaves

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village The Wheatsheaf is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The 18th century inn serves fine food which you can enjoy in the cosy interior or outside in the extensive courtyard garden. You can find them at Brand Hill with postcode LE12 8SS.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Wheatsheaf mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the western side of the village there's Broombriggs Farm & Windmill Hill Country Park to visit. There's some more nice trails here with dry stone walls, hedgerows, fences and woodlands to explore.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.

Photos

Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire - geograph.org.uk - 410017

Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire. Looking along Main Street towards St. Paul's Church.

St. Paul's Church, Woodhouse Eaves - geograph.org.uk - 410023

St. Paul's Church

Swithland Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 2151189

Swithland Reservoir

Stream in Swithland Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1471647

Stream in Swithland Wood. View west along the stream, which at this point is walled-in, possibly part of the extensive slate quarrying work which once took place here.

Cropston Reservoir dam - geograph.org.uk - 1476251

Cropston Reservoir dam. The reservoir dam also carries Reservoir Road. Looking along the wall and dam face to the spillway from the small lay-by at the entrance to the water tower.

Bradgate Park - geograph.org.uk - 1472586

Bradgate Park. Extensive view south-west from the war memorial across the 850-acre park with the city of Leicester in the distance.

The Old Man of Beacon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 2086579

The Old Man of Beacon Hill

Woodland in Beacon Hill Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 409996

Woodland in Beacon Hill Country Park. This is the footpath that links the Upper and Lower car parks of Beacon Hill, just north west of the village.

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