GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mount St Bernard Abbey Walks

2 miles (3 km)

Visit this Cistercian monastery near Coalville on this short walk. It's a delightfully peaceful place and one of the highlights of the Charnwood Forest.
The Abbeygrounds are just a short stroll from the village of Whitwick. You can follow footpaths past Whitwick Quarry through woodland and countryside to the abbey. 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. There's also a well stocked shop with pottery made by the monks in the Abbey Pottery.
You can continue your walk to the nearby Blackbrook Reservoir, located just to the north of the site.
The Ivanhoe Way long distance trail also passes nearby. You can pick this up and head south to the highest point in the county at Bardon Hill.
You can further explore the area by picking up the Charnwood Forest circular walk which will take you on a tour of the countryside, reservoirs, woodland and hills of this lovely area.
The nearest major town is Coalville which is located about 2 miles south west of the site.


LE67 5UL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Nearby you'll find another local historic landmark at the 13th century Grace Dieu Priory. The anicent ruins of the priory are surrounded by some pleasant woodland with trails along the Grace Dieu brook. It's located just a couple of miles to the north west so a good idea is to visit both ancient sites on the same walk.
Also near Coalville there's some peaceful woodland trails and a series of pretty lakes to see at Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, Bagworth Heath Woods and Sence Valley Forest Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.


Mount Saint Bernard's Abbey - - 239894

Mount Saint Bernard's Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1835 and was the first Roman Catholic abbey to be founded in England since Henry VIII implemented the Dissolution in the 1530s.

Mount St Bernard Abbey - - 1640717

Mount St Bernard Abbey. The monks brew the onlyTrappist beerin Britain. Thirteenmonasteries—six inBelgium, two in theNetherlands, and one each inAustria,Italy,England,France, andSpain—currently produce Trappist beer as members of the International Trappist Association (ITA)

Footpath to Blackbrook Reservoir - - 2103986

Footpath to Blackbrook Reservoir from near the abbey.

A view northwards across Charnwood - - 2105687

A view northwards across Charnwood

Footpath to Oaks Road - - 2105730

Footpath to Oaks Road

Granite boulder at Whitwick Quarry - - 2253034

Granite boulder at Whitwick Quarry. The scenic quarry is located just west of the abbey. You can follow footpaths to the site to extend your walk.

Countryside near Blackbrook Reservoir - - 2103984

Countryside view just north of the site.

Dry stone wall along Oaks Road - - 2105663

Dry stone wall along Oaks Road with the Reservoir in the background. Photo gives and example of the scenery surrounding the abbey.


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