A 61ha remnant of the original Charnwood Forest, Swithland Wood is part of the Bradgate Estate and is managed by the Bradgate Park Trust.
As a remnant of the Charnwood Forest Oak Woods, Swithland consists principally of mature oak, birch, alder and lime, which support a rich variety of butterflies, moths and birds. The famous Swithland Slate - characteristic of many buildings in the area - was quarried from the two quarries in the wood, which have since flooded. Diving is permitted in the centre quarry throughout the year (by permission of the Land Agent and Ranger). A charge is levied for diving.
A good network of waymarked footpaths and riding tracks extend throughout the wood and link directly to Bradgate Park.
A leaflet is available from Bradgate Park Trust (Call 0116 234 1850).
Extensive network of bridleways plus a permissive route from The Triangle (road junction) marked as riding routes.
No permit required.
Links to Swithland village and via short road links to Hallgates entrance to Bradgate Park.
Unsurfaced forest trails. The Woods are popular with walkers. Paths where cycling is permitted are clearly marked with yellow posts. Please keep to them! A recommended route follows the bridle path up the slope to the quarry then turns right for a good downhill hack through the trees, emerging on the road at the north end of the woods. However, there are other designated routes through the woods that are worth exploring if you want a longer ride.
Horse box parking at Hallgates entrance to Bradgate Park (charge).
Arriva Midland Fox 124 Mon-Sat and others to Newtown Linford.