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).
Horse box parking at Hallgates entrance to Bradgate Park (charge).
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Newtown Linford, Leicestershire