The Outwoods is a 99 acre ancient woodland which supports a rich variety of plants, insects and birds, typical of such old woodlands. Wet alder and dry oak/birch woodland is interspersed with blocks of conifer planting, evidence of the extensive clear felling and commercial replanting which took place in the 1940s.
The Outwoods are a popular visitor attraction overlooking Loughborough and the Soar Valley. It has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Situated within Charnwood Forest the Outwoods stands on some of the oldest exposed rocks in Britain, being formed in the Precambrian era. These rocky outcrops are a characteristic feature of the Charnwood area.