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The Outwoods

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The Outwoods is 110 acres (45 hectares) of ancient woodland to the north of Loughborough and is one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. The Outwoods has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its outstanding geology, flora and fauna. The area now forms part of the eastern boundary of the National Forest which covers 200 square miles (52,000 hectares) of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The Outwoods was gifted to the people of Loughborough in 1946 by two local benefactors, Allan Moss and George Harry Bowler, and is managed by the Outwoods Management Committee.

In managing The Outwoods we aim to protect the site’s valuable habitats, geological features and aesthetic appeal whilst at the same time developing and maintaining first class visitor facilities. Detailed information on all aspects of the management of the Outwoods are contained in the Outwoods Management Plan. The Outwoods Management Plan 2013-18 (PDF Document, 9.34 Mb)

Attractions available at The Outwoods include two signed walks, a short 1.3 km walk and a longer 3 km walk, a leaflet which accompanies these walks is available from the Outwoods car park . The Outwoods also has a short, easy access walk (400m), which includes a bird feeding station, but please be aware that because of the topography of the woods all the paths include steep sections and uneven surfaces and may not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.   However, two Tramper mobility scooters are available for use at The Outwoods by people who have mobility problems.  There is a picnic area next to the car park and benches throughout the wood. Information boards which include a site map are located at all entrances to The Outwoods.

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In 2015/16, for the eighth year running, The Outwoods was awarded the Green Flag, this is a nationally recognised mark of excellence.


Responsible dog owners and their dogs are most welcome to The Outwoods but must ensure that all fouling is removed and the dog bins provided are used. Dog owners are reminded that a fixed penalty can be issued to anyone caught not removing and disposing of their dog's faeces properly.

Organised Party Visits

If you are bringing an organised party to The Outwoods please contact Charnwood Borough Council at least 10 days in advance so that we can ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable.

To tell us what you think of your visit, please complete the  Outwoods Visitor Survey (Word Document, 0.1 Mb) and either email to or post to Green Spaces, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields Road, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 2TT

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Getting to the Outwoods

Address - Woodhouse Lane, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3YGJay with acorn

By Car - The Outwoods car park is off Woodhouse Lane which runs between Nanpantan Road and Woodhouse Eaves, the car park is free. There is no public transport to The Outwoods though there is a bus service to Woodhouse Eaves (see below) .

On Foot - There is a footpath from Moat Road in Loughborough to The Outwoods, allow about 30 minutes for the walk (Outwoods Map Ref SK514159).

By Public Transport - Take the 54 bus from Baxter Gate in Loughborough or St Margrets Bus Station in Leicester. Get off the bus in Woodhouse Eaves at the stop by the Old Bulls Head. Opposite the Old Bulls Head is Brook Road which becomes a footpath leading to The Outwoods, allow about 20 minutes to walk to The Outwoods from the Old Bulls Head.

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