To mark the centenary of the Association members devised a walk of 100 miles around Leicestershire and called it ‘The Leicestershire Round’. Linking field paths, green lanes and bridleways the route visits some of the best loved locations around the county including, Foxton Locks, Bosworth Battlefield, Beacon Hill and Burrough Hill. The route is waymarked throughout and a book describing the route is available.
The Leicestershire Round is a 100 mile circular walk around the county connecting many places of historical and geographical interest.
The route was devised by the Leicestershire Footpath Association to celebrate the centenary of their founding in 1887 and published in sections between 1980 and 1983.
Treasured by local walkers, the route forms the common thread for everything from charity marathons, to innumerable shorter walks. It is the county’s main long-distance footpath and a flagship for the local rights of way network. The route mostly follows public rights of way, though there are some sections on quiet roads, unsurfaced tracks and canal towpath.
The whole route is signposted with the Leicestershire Round symbol on waymark arrows (see example left) and named on some finger posts (see example above), where the route leaves surfaced roads.
The Leicestershire Round guidebook
The Leicestershire Round: A 100 Mile Circular Walk
by Leicestershire Footpaths Association.
Published by Leicestershire County Council, 1997. Reprinted 2011.
ISBN: 0850223903 126 pages
Book Price: £5.00
The official guidebook is arranged in sections, focusing on villages as stopping points; this means the route can easily be completed as a series of shorter walks, and is very handy when needing waterholes and resting places.
The current guidebook was produced some years ago and, as with any right of way, situations change on the ground. So for the complete picture please see the web page with Updated Information.
Order online or by phone
From Cordee – www.cordee.co.uk or telephone: 01455 611185
Outline map of the route
The Leicestershire Round is also available to view in the ‘Longer Walks’ category on our interactive Online Map of Paths & Walking Routes
. Search by town, village, or postcode for all footpaths, bridleways and byways, plus promoted walks within Leicestershire. NB: the online map is NOT the Definitive Map
of Rights of Way.
Once you have completed the whole route
As mentioned in the introduction to the book (page 4), people who have completed the whole 100 mile circuit may obtain a cloth badge produced by the Leicestershire Footpath Association.
Send a cheque for £2.50 (made payable to ‘Leicestershire Footpath Association’), together with a stamped addressed envelope to:
LFA Treasurer, 142 Mere Road, Wigston, LE18 3RL
Other Useful Resources
this page has advice about changes and developments on the current ‘Round’ route and notes of errors on the Ordnance Survey maps.
A guide to the route
(60KB) A brief leaflet, containing an outline map of the route and notes on its history, by Mary Essinger a member of the Leicestershire Footpath Association originally involved in creating the Leicestershire Round.
provides public transport route and timetable information via its website or by telephoning 0871 200 2233 (12p per min plus your phone company’s access charge).
includes a group for people who are doing, going to do, have done, or are just interested in the Leicestershire Round. It’s billed as a place to put pictures, comments, advice etc. (Note this is not an official Leicestershire County Council site and opinions expressed may not reflect the views of the Council or the Leicestershire Footpath Association).
is the official tourist information site for the county. A list of accredited accommodation (inspected by the AA or by Visit Britain) on or near the Leicestershire Round is available here
(715KB) – produced Jan 2010 – check against current information on Go Leicestershire website for any updates.
BBC Radio Leicester (2009)
Former presenter Chris Baxter walked the Round in 2009 and described his progress in ten radio programmes and on the station’s website.
, a local artist, walked the Round in March 2008. His website includes his itinerary and reviews of the accommodation at which he stayed.
32 Short Circular Walks Based on the Leicestershire Round
by Heather MacDermid, Editor.
Published by Cordee, 1999.
ISBN: 187189039X, 160 pages.
Out of print.
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