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Great Merrible Wood - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Great Easton, Market Harborough LE16 8DG, UK


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About Great Merrible Wood

Great Merrible Wood is a 12 hectare nature reserve east of Hallaton in Leicestershire. It is owned and managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, and is part of the Eye Brook Valley Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is semi-natural ancient woodland with several unusual herbs, such as broadleaved helleborine, herb paris and violet helleborine. One of the iconic location for an outing and also for some adventure too.

Attractions Near Great Merrible Wood

Eye Brook
Eye Brook1.59km from Great Merrible Wood

The Eye Brook is a watercourse in the East Midlands of England and a tributary of the River Welland. It is around 18 miles long. Much of the land surrounding the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a report by English Nature considered the river to be one of the most "natural" in the county having experienced very little human intervention.

Eye Brook Reservoir
Eye Brook Reservoir1.98km from Great Merrible Wood

Eyebrook Reservoir is a jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England. Surrounded by rolling arable fields, pasture land, spruce, pine and willow trees. This large reservoir straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland. Access is limited but good views of the northern end are available from the road. It was built between 1937 and 1940 by damming the Eye Brook and the site now covers around 200 hectares.

Lyddington Bede House
Lyddington Bede House4.11km from Great Merrible Wood

Lyddington Bede House originated as the medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln. Visitors can wander through the bedesmen’s rooms, with their tiny windows and fireplaces, and view the former bishops’ Great Chamber on the first floor, with its beautifully carved ceiling cornice. Come and discover this delightful visitor attraction in Rutland.

Hallaton Museum
Hallaton Museum4.9km from Great Merrible Wood

Hallaton museum is a situated in a Tin Tab in the heart of rural leicestershire open from Easter until October at weekends and on bank holidays. It is a great asset to the village and well worth a visit should you be in the area. The themes of the exhibition change periodically.

Rockingham Castle
Rockingham Castle5.87km from Great Merrible Wood

Rockingham Castle is one of the oldest castles in Northamptonshire. William the Conqueror first recognized the strategic importance of the site of Rockingham castle. The castle was in royal hands for over 450 years and was essentially a very regal hunting lodge until the reign of Edward III. It was set in 18 acres of gardens. One of the most prominent garden features is the so-called 'Elephant Hedge', a 400-year-old circular yew hedge that cuts through the 17th-century formal terraced garden.

East Carlton country Park
East Carlton country Park6.9km from Great Merrible Wood

This beautiful country park is situated on the edge of the beautiful Welland Valley. Walkthrough the woods and grassland and watch the local wildlife. There is also specialist play equipment for disabled children. There are country walks throughout the park, through fine mature woodland and grasslands. You can see a varied habitat and a great variety of wildlife throughout the year.

Where is Great Merrible Wood

Discover More Attractions in Rutland, Where Great Merrible Wood Is Located

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Rutland is a landlocked county in the East Midlands of England, bounded to the west and north by Leicestershire, to the northeast by Lincolnshire and the southeast by Northamptonshire. It is England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county and is the perfect place to spend time enjoying the great outdoors.