Walks & footpaths in Coleorton

ivanhoe_way_footpath_sign-150The 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.

We should be proud of our footpaths and look after them so please be careful, don't damage vegetation or trees along the path, leave gates as you found them and don't drop litter. There's more about footpaths in the County at https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/cycling-and-walking/where-to-walk-in-leicestershire where you can also find a link to a form to report a blocked, unusable or unsafe footpath.

Coleorton Footpaths

During lockdown, many more people than usual were enjoying the vast network of footpaths that criss-cross our parish. Apparently (not sure how true this is), there are more footpaths in the parish of Coleorton than any other parish in the country.

Whether it's true or not, there are a lot! The County Council does a good job of trying to keep them all accessible and nicely way-marked but they have the whole of Leicestershire to look after.

We have been approached by a number of parishioners new to the footpath network who have expressed frustration that some paths and stiles were overgrown, almost to the point of being inaccessible and some way markers had disappeared.

Although the upkeep of footpaths falls largely under the remit of Leicestershire County Council, and local landowners where footpaths cross their land, the Parish Council is happy to assist with identifying issues and working with the footpaths team at LCC to maintain easy access to a great asset which can be enjoyed by all. If you see a problem please send as much detail as you can, including photographs if possible, to parishclerk@coleorton.org.uk and the Council will co-ordinate responses back to LCC.

Unrecorded Rights of Way cut-off date 1st January 2026

The footpaths team has also made us aware of a cut-off date for the recording on definitive maps of footpaths and bridleways created before 1949. The provisions also provide for the extinguishment of certain rights of way which have not been claimed by the deadline. If you are not familiar with identifying a footpath on the definitive map, again please contact us and we will be happy to supply a simple "how to" guide.

The above should inspire us to make certain that all footpaths and bridleways that we take for granted are correctly recorded and not lost forever!

Coleorton Heritage Trail

In September of 2011 the Coleorton Heritage Group published the Coleorton Village Heritage Trail, which is a two-hour walk through the long and substantial heritage of Coleorton, typical of an ancient village in the Midlands. The Trail describes in some detail the rich history as you walk along its route.

From time to time the Heritage Group offer escorted walks around the Trail, but you can also walk the Trail unescorted downloading a copy of the Trail leaflet & map from here or picking up a free hard-copy of the Trail leaflet (from the Coleorton post-office or local pubs).

The Heritage Group organised an escorted walk along the Coleorton Heritage Trail on Sunday 17 July 2013, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.  Further details and photos >>

Walking through Rough Park


Swannington Heritage Group

Swannington Heritage Group website has a number of walks of different lengths, with maps and hostorical information. Some of these walks include parts of Peggs Green and Coleorton. www.swannington-heritage.co.uk/swannington_village_walks.html

Newbold Heritage Group

Newbold Heritage Group have opened up a walk through New Lount Colliery. For details see their website.

Coalville Ramblers

Coalville branch of the Ramblers Association organise walks around the area and some are in Coleorton, Peggs Green etc. See web site for details of group and programme of walks in the area.

Mining Heritage Trail

If you enjoy walks in the countryside with a historical and cultural theme you may be interested in The Coalville Mining Heritage Trail (pdf)

Ivanhoe Way

The Ivanhoe Way is a 35 mile circular walk around the north western area of Leicestershire and passes through and around Coleorton parish. The name "Ivanhoe" has been linked to the north west of Leicestershire since Sir Walter Scott wrote his novel 'Ivanhoe' in 1820. Scott chose the castle at Ashby de la Zouch and the surrounding countryside as one of the settings used in the book, having got to know the area whilst staying at nearby Coleorton Hall. The footpath is marked with signs Ivanhoe Way.
See details and map at http://uk-walks.info/ivanhoe_way.html

The National Forest

Coleorton is located in the National Forest. Read all about the National Forest on the National Forest website


See some present and historic maps of Coleorton >>

Local Walks

Coleorton Heritage Trail

Report & photos from Heritage Trail walks >>

New Lount Mining Heritage Trail


Some present and historic maps of Coleorton >>

Books about Coleorton


This page is part of a historic archive of the old Coleorton Parish Website. To visit the current site please go to www.coleorton.org.uk