Leicestershire Short Walks – 31

July 31, 2015 by

Bagworth (Markfield) Thornton 3 or 6 miles (5 or 9km)

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth
© Copyright Trevor Rickard
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Undulating ground over a mixture of meadow and arable land. The waymarking is good and the route not difficult to follow. The outward and inward sections of the walk meet at a stile close to Thornton reservoir. At this point you could omit the (uphill) section to the motorway and shorten the walk to 2 and a half miles. The walk can also be varied by adding a very pleasant 2 mile walk round Thornton reservoir.

Items of interest Bagworth, a former mining village. Thornton reservoir. Ashley’s Wood, recently planted with 3,000 poplar trees as part of the National Forest. Bagworth Park was the site of a great house planned to equal Kirby Muxloe and Ashby Castle, built for William Lord Hastings in the time of Richard III. Leicester to Swannington railway line, opened by Stephenson in 1832, the first public railway in the Midlands (and now re-opened as the Ivanhoe line.) The Bagworth Incline, where Stephenson’s trains were pulled up the hill by an extra engine at the top is now a lovely, quiet, hedged track.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 31 here (.pdf file 300kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 30

July 24, 2015 by

Nailstone – Bagworth – Barlestone 5 miles (8km)

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone

The Nut & Squirrel Nailstone
© Copyright Mat Fascione
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This is former mining country, now part of the National Forest. The reclaimed spoil heaps are newly planted with trees. There are attractive views from the higher ground.

Items of interest Churches in Nailstone and Barlestone. In Nailstone church there is a monument to Thomas Corbett, a gentleman who was Sergeant of the Pantry to four Tudor monarchs. He fathered 19 children by his first wife and a couple more by his second. (Spare a thought for the first Mrs Corbett as you pass by!)

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 30 here (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Claim for right of way at Thorpe Langton

July 23, 2015 by

Members are asked if they can help in completing a user evidence form for a section of the Leicestershire Round at Thorpe Langton which is not shown on the Definitive Map as a public right of way.  Leicestershire County Council have requested twenty users of the section to complete a claim form, claiming unchallenged use of the section for the last twenty years or more.

The section concerned is at the western end of footpath A74 which passes in front of the church and terminates at the lane opposite Top Farm.  Walkers then turn south down the lane to join footpath A75 taking you to East Langton.  It is the section of the lane which is not recorded as a definitive right of way.  If you are able to help, please contact the secretary who will supply you with the relevant evidence form for completion.

 

Leicestershire Short Walks – 29

July 17, 2015 by

Carlton – Shackerstone – Odstone – Barton in the Beans

5 miles (8km)

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Shackerstone station and the closed footpath bridge

Easy walking in gently undulating countryside. Pleasant villages en route.

Items of interest Carlton village has a little church with a quaint bell tower and spme pretty village houses. Shackerstone has a castle site mound. The canal has colourful boats. There is a railway museum and it is possible to take rides on the steam trains.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 29 here (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Walk cancelled Saturday 18th July

July 13, 2015 by

Saturday 18th July from Bulwick Northants.

Unfortunately the walk leader is incapacitated and a replacement can’t be found so the walk is cancelled.

Please join us next Saturday at Rearsby for an 8 mile walk in the Wreake valley.

Leicestershire Short Walks – 28

July 10, 2015 by

Market Bosworth – Carlton 5 miles (8km)

Market Bosworth Hall

Market Bosworth Hall

The outward section (on the Leicestershire Round) takes you across beautiful countryside, in slightly hilly arable land with superb views from the high ground. The return to Market Bosworth is quite a difficult walk as there are many stiles and two potentially very wet and muddy areas. Also, beware of a couple of electric fences put by farmers across their fields.

Items of interest Market Bosworth’s market charter dates back to 1285 and from the central market square the town has expanded fanwise. Bosworth Arboretum park with its well laid out woods, gardens, ponds, playing and picnic areas is ideal for family outings.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk. Download walk 28 here (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Thursday, July 9th. Venue.

July 7, 2015 by

A reminder, that the walk this Thursday (July 9th), starts at The Bull’s Head, Arthingworth, LE16 8JZ.

Leicestershire Short Walks – 27

July 3, 2015 by

Sutton Cheney – Market Bosworth 4 miles (6km)

St James, Sutton Cheney

St James, Sutton Cheney
© Copyright John Salmon
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/388066

Level open country with woods and lakes.

Items of interest Sutton Cheney church, the almshouses, the flowers in the gardens are delightful.

Market Bosworth would make a good stopping point as it has shops, pubs, tea rooms, toilets, a market and a reasonable bus service. It usually provides a marvellous display of flowers in the Leicestershire in Bloom competition.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk  here  (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 26

June 26, 2015 by

Sutton Cheney – Sutton Wharf – Bosworth Battlefield 5 miles (8km)

Boat on the Ashby canal

Boat on the Ashby canal

Nice wide views in gently undulating countryside, looking over to Earl Shilton, Barwell and Stapleford church spires.

Items of interest Sutton Cheney: The church of St James has memorials to Richard III, who prayed here before the battle in August 1485. The Almshouses were founded in 1612. Hall Farm dates from 1601.

Near Bosworth Battlefield site we follow part of the route of the Ambion Way (described in leaflets available from the battlefield information centre).

The Battlefield centre is worth a stop, for its shop, museum, tea place and toilets. If you have time and energy, you could add on a walk around the battlefield site, following the information boards beginning from the top of Ambion Hill and descending to Shenton Station (to see the steam trains) and returning on a lower route, beside the railway line and swinging left through woods on a well made gravel track, to reach King Dick’s Well. You could however leave this extension for another occasion. It makes a lovely day out.

Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 26 here  (.pdf file 200kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here

Leicestershire Short Walks – 25

June 19, 2015 by

Sharnford – Aston Flamville – Burbage – Sapcote.

8 miles (13km)

 

Path through Burbage Wood

Path through Burbage Wood
© Copyright Mat Fascione
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/943350

Easy walking in rather flat, mixed pasture and arable land, with some beautiful open areas and lovely woodland tracks.

Items of interest Burbage Wood and the Common are well worth exploring. There is an information centre at Lynden Lea. (Grid Ref. 447 953). On Sapcote recreation ground slight humps in the grass indicate the remains of a Norman castle mound (Toot Hill). Aston Flamville has a dovecote dated 1715, in brick patterning.
Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.

The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.

Download walk 25 here (.pdf file 215kb)

You can preview the route of the walk on an online Ordnanace Survey at Bing Maps here where you can also download the .gpx file of the walk to use on a GPS enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more walks in Leicestershire click here


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