Croft Hill

Croft Hill: Address, Croft Hill Reviews: 5/5

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Ninkynank
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Great views and a nice walk
Apr. 2021
Very nice place and some lovely footpaths.

I parked in the car park by the park and used the footpath that goes under the railway line.

There are many footpaths that lead to the hill and one that goes around the hill if you don't fancy going up but the view is amazing.
Written April 8, 2021
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Kim Jong Bing B... T
Broughton Astley, UK3 contributions
Hill or Hole - plenty to see
Jul. 2020
There's a great circular walk around Croft Hill using a mixture of well marked paths and permissive routes that aren't shown on maps. It is a drag to the top of the Hill and the whole walk is a touch over 3 miles, with some short steep ascents and descents, but it's about an hour if you're fit and up to 2 if you admire the stunning views from the top.
My suggestion is to start at the car park (use LE9 3GQ) near Croft playing fields, then walk back up Winston Avenue for about 70 yards and look for a footpath going under the railway line on your right. Walk all the way along here and you'll reach Dovecote Road, where you turn left and follow it, staying to the right and passing the Heathcote Pub and church. Take the first road on the right past a large white house and car-park until you reach a kissing gate, which is the start of well marked paths that you can use to get to the top of Croft Hill. There are a number of routes (including one that goes around the base of the hill if you don't fancy the hike to the top - but that's really missing the point). You should do the final steep section in around 10 minutes (less if you're very fit) and enjoy views across the majority of Leicestershire, including Bardon, Beacon and Old John, over 11 miles to the North. Billesdon Coplow and Rutland are just about visible at around 15 miles to the ENE and South to the ridge with the South Leicestershire windfarms giving a total area of over 100 square miles.
Descend the hill heading North and stay on the footpaths until you reach a viewpoint/meadow with an information board in it, where you can either descend the long staircase to your left and turn right to follow the water meadow and elevated boardwalk to look for lots of butterflies, or stay up high on a path that takes you around the rim of the quarry until you reach a point where a long staircase takes you down the side of this section. When you get to the bottom, you'll end up crossing a bridge over the River Soar, on its long journey until it reaches the North Sea in the Humber Estuary and finally you pass through a metal fenced section that runs between the quarry and the railway. After you pass under the bridge, turn sharp right and then back over the top of the bridge, looking for a gate on the right at the bottom of the bridge, which takes you back across the playing fields and the car-park where you started.

Worth knowing:-
Croft Hill is 128m high and the lowest point of the quarry is almost exactly the same in depth, so the bottom is basically at sea level!
Some of the Channel Tunnel sections were made from concrete that used stone from Croft.
The hill is the remains of a long extinct volcano and has been a SSSI since 1956, racking up an astonishing 526 different types of flora and fauna
Written July 27, 2020
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Ryan FF
Stoney Stanton, UK5 contributions
Surprising views
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Good for a short trip out to walk the dog, cracking views, Makes it a worthy trip out.

I met a friend who also was pleasantly surprised by the views.
I would recommend if you live close by to visit for a short trip out.
I will be definitely making another trip in better warmer conditions.
Written January 31, 2020
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Steve A
Leicester, UK18 contributions
Beautiful Views
Oct. 2019 • Couples
You need to park on the road. There is a little indent next to a post box opposite a designated footpath. It's big enough for two cars. Follow the footpath up to the summit it takes no more than 15 minutes. Once there the view is gorgeous.
Written October 20, 2019
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Lou
2 contributions
Lovely walk highly recommend
Apr. 2019 • Family
Absolutely beautiful walk to Croft hill the views are amazing would highly recommended it to all to go
Written April 19, 2019
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Ross H
Leicestershire, UK123 contributions
More than just a large pit
May 2017
I recommend to park in centre of Croft and then you can visit The Heathcote Arms after your walk. It’s quite a long walk to circumnavigate the entire quarry but it’s a simple stroll to the top. It has special views and it gives you an interpreting insight into the active quarry.
Written October 29, 2017
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Martin C
3 contributions
Stunning
May 2017 • Couples
I have lived in the area for nearly 20 year's and have said endlessly that I must go here for the views. Well today with my partner and our dog off we set to find ourselves truly enchanted on a relatively straightforward walk and for me a rambler, my better half with a keen eye for pictures and an enthusiastic pooch we easily spent 2.5 hours wandering about and wishing we'd brought a picnic!! The views on this lovely sunny clear day were amazing and we both agreed it was worth the effort not to mention the wait and we absolutely recommend this to everyone.
Written May 15, 2017
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Ireshael
Leicester, UK11 contributions
The hill overlooking on Leicestershire
Jan. 2017 • Couples
Visit Croft Hill first time today, lovely walk with litlle bit climbing with amazing views on the quarry and Leicestershire
Written January 8, 2017
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Sue R
Pedralba, Spain52 contributions
Historic Hill with Nature Trails
Mar. 2015 • Solo
I often visit this little gem of a place - from the top of Croft Hill you can see across to Bradgate Park hills and at one time they were all part of the same scenery hence the same craggy, fern clad nature of this little area. The walks are as challenging as you want to make them, some of the nature trail has steps hewn out of the hill which are often used by cross country runners, it is a serene place and the hill overlooks the Quarry which is still being mined and is very interesting to look down on the activity. It is a little Bradgate Park but only one hill, although the quarry have created a new hill which has been well planted and is now mature with gorse, broom and trees so extending the nature trails. There is a small pool also on which I have seen nesting swans in the past and is a haven for wildlife and the rushing river is close by as are the grazing cattle in this ancient landscape. Why not visit this unspoilt place and enjoy the views, peace and quiet and it's interesting mining history, bring your good walking shoes. Afterwards you can wander into the village and eat at the local inn. The locals know this spot well, come and enjoy this little known beauty spot.
Written May 28, 2015
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