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*Coleorton Parish Council

'The parish of Coleorton has an extensive network of public footpaths. Some say this is because workers at Coleorton Hall would walk the shortest distance across the fields from their outlying cottages. But looking at some of the footpaths on the map they seem much more random. We also have parts of The Ivanhoe Way which is a circular route around Leicestershire and the Mining Heritage Trail.'

*The National Forest

'Walk among a sea of snowdrops in February, a blanket of bluebells in May or through the Forest's fiery displays of reds and golds in Autumn.  Download fantastic walks across the three counties of the Forest - Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.'

Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)4

'Now forming part of the new National Forest, this area was once an industrial landscape, ravaged by mining. The route runs from Measham to Moira passing through countryside which is rich in social and industrial history ...'

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East Midlands Airport Trail
Distance (miles)6

'The Airport Trail offers the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll or a more serious trek. Six miles long, the trail takes in the whole perimeter of the airport. As well as creating a wonderful walk through woodlands, open parkland and meadows, the trail has reconnected footpaths, bridleways and lanes that were severed in the Second World War. This offers walkers the opportunity to take in a smaller section of the trail as there are several joining points.'

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East Midlands Airport

Ivanhoe Way
Distance (miles)36

'Circular walk around the north western area of Leicestershire. The route is split up into 7 sections, therefore making it easy to walk as a series of short strolls.'

Mining Heritage Trail
Distance (miles)9

'This pleasant walk through part of the National Forest will take you through a variety of scenery in North West Leicestershire and show you examples of many aspects of the area's rich history.'

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Staunton Harold Ridgeway
Distance (miles)7

'Was opened on 28th September 1994 as a permissive path linking with the public footpath to Melbourne ... The hamlet of Staunton Harold, a dozen houses in all, nestles in a corner of north west Leicestershire, close to the Derbyshire border. For five hundred years it was at the core of the Staunton Harold Estate, and the hall was home to the Shirley family, who became Earls Ferrers.'

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Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts

Swannington Hokey-Cokey Walk
Distance (miles)10

'Follow an intriguing route that is in, out and twist about! ...  All within a couple of miles of the centre of Swannington!'

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Swannington Heritage Trust

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