Cyclists & Walkers

We encourage walkers and cylists to stay at Horseshoe Cottage Farm and provide them with the facilities to enable this including:

  • Secure lockable areas for bikes;

  • Puncture repair kit and pump;

  • Hosing down facilities for bikes and boots;

  • Drying room and sink;

  • Spare trekking poles;

  • Maps with marked routes and places of interest to borrow or copy onto phone;

  • There are numerous cafes,shops, pubs and tea shops dotted along all the routes for you to try;

  • Tea and homemade cake on your return to replace those lost calories!

  • Luxury showers and baths to ease aching limbs;

  • Bicycle repairs and rental locally (Pedal Power, Lougborough).

There are many excellent cycle routes in and around Charnwood Forest.  Bikes can also be hired locally.


As well as literature and maps, our own local knowledge can be used to plot routes to suit every level.


Horseshoe Cottage Farm is an ideal base for walkers, situated opposite a large country park and adjacent to Swithland Woods in The National Forest.


Visit for some great walk ideas.


There are many walks you can take from the site.


You can download maps from the following web pages onto your phone to take with you.

Why not try walking in the National Forest which is now 25 years old?  See this article in the Guardian for more information.

Horseshoe Cottage Farm is ideally placed for the new National Forest Way and is on the Leicestershire Round long distance walking route.

We are happy to help transfer your luggage to your next place of stay.

Although we are not on a bus route, the nearest stop is one mile away and we are happy to collect you by prior arrangement. Details of bus and train routes are available upon request.

We are open all year!

Horseshoe Cottage Farm, Roecliffe Rd, Cropston, Leics, LE7 7HQ

Tel: +44 (0)116 235 0038 | Email:


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