Welcome to the website of the multi award winning Swannington Heritage Trust. We have a fabulous group of volunteers who work fantastically hard to achieve amazing things
- restoring the dilapidated shell of Hough Mill
- recovering neglected railway and coal mining sites and managing them as woodlands and grass heathland
- researching Swannington’s history, cataloguing the archive and publishing historical information
- running events, tours and talks.
Festival Of Leicestershire And Rutland Archaeology
The Trust is running nine events as part of the Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology, these include:
- Guided Walks – The land that doesn’t know where it is, plus Hidden in full view.
- Online Talks – Leicestershire Railways, plus Coal Mines of Swannington and District.
- Califat Coal Mine – Two tours plus a family event.
- Swannington Incline – Two tours
Details are on the diary page.
Coronavirus (Covid-19). The situation can always change but our present status is:
Walking Visitors – Our public footpaths and bridleway are permanently open. The permissive paths down the Incline, around the Califat Spinney, Gorse Field and Snibston No 3 are open 6am to midnight. Please stay safe and apply social distancing as well as treating all gates, signs, benches etc as potentially coronavirus contaminated by a recent visitor, so hand washing or sanitising is important.
Hough Mill – A really difficult decision but the Mill has yet to open for the 2021 season due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). W e take our responsibilities towards our small team of mill volunteers and our visitors very seriously and feel at the moment opening the Mill is not appropriate. We are reviewing this inline with Government guidelines.
What our visitors say
"...Lovely spot great to learn about our local history...."Facebook
"...Restored windmill. Run by volunteers who offer a great deal of knowledge about local history. Definitely worth a visit...."Google Reviews
"...Lovely walk with family and dog, adventure for the kids..."Google Reviews
"...Industrial heritage site run entirely by volunteers. They also maintain an inclined plane nearby...."Google Reviews
We love sharing photos that people send to us, many thanks to Gary Hawthorne for these fabulous photos. More public provided photos are in our Community Gallery do have a look.