Launde Woods

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Launde Woods: The parish of Launde lies in one of the most attractive and unspoilt areas of countryside in Eastern England. The landscape is one of rolling hills, pasture, small streams and ancient woodland. Rich in history and wildlife Launde contains an old priory, a possible Norman motte and bailey castle, medieval fishponds and two Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Launde Big Wood covers 40.4 ha and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, while Launde Park Wood extends over 54.4 ha. Both are ancient woodlands, and were leased by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in 1997 from the Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance for a period of 350 years.

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Launde Park Wood


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The reserves are situated between Launde and Loddington, in east Leicestershire. From the Tilton to Oakham road take any of several roads signposted to Launde. Continue through Launde park with the Abbey on your left, stopping at the top of the hill where a public footpath is signposted to the right and a bridle way to the left. If arriving by car take care to park without obstructing gateways. Launde Big Wood can be seen in the distance to the west, while the Park Wood to the the east.


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Address: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Brocks Hill Environment Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5JJ, UK
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