the great outdoors

Bradgate Country Park

This is a historic mediaeval deer park in the heart of the ancient Charnwood Forest and Leicestershire's largest, most visited country park. Fallow deer can still be seen feeding among the bracken. An important part of the history of the Park are the ruins of Bradgate House, home to Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen for nine days before being beheaded in 1554.

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National Forest Cycle Centre

Starting from the centre at Hicks Lodge, you can explore the National Forest on a variety of trails from flat and easy paths to twisting and turning mountain bike routes. The visitor centre offers bike hire and repair, and a café.

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Staunton Harold Reservoir

This reservoir, near Melbourne in Leicestershire, was built in 1964. It has a visitor centre and wildflower meadow. You can enjoy birdwatching there, and a range of attractive walks which link to the National Trust's Calke Abbey.

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Canal Trips

The Ashby Canal is a tranquil 22 mile, lock free canal, ideal for first timers with day boats available.

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Market Bosworth Country Park

A landscaped 35-hectare park which was formerly part of Bosworth Hall deer parkland. There are fine, mature trees, a lake, a planted arboretum with exotic species, a wildflower meadow and a community woodland.

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National Memorial Arboretum

This is the UK's year-round centre of remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum is situated in Staffordshire, around 28 miles from The Dandelion Hideaway.