Bardon Hill

Climb to the highest point in Leicestershire, and look back to an ancient valley that’s more than a quarter of a billion years old!

An image of the side of Bardon Hill Quarry, showing a cross section through a large v-shaped valley, infilled with red sandstone.
A carton of red sediments deposited on and around mountains.

At 278 metres above sea level, this is the highest point in Leicestershire. A hike to the summit not only provides stunning views across the county, but also down into the neighbouring quarry. The south-west face of the quarry provides a superb example of a V-shaped valley, eroded into the rock during Permian times, and then filled in with red sandstone during the Triassic, 230 million years ago.

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