Local Walks

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Donisthorpe Country Park

Published: 22nd March 2017

Spring may be well on its way but it can still be wet underfoot at this time of year so if you are fed up with mud then try this great walk that uses the hard paths around Donisthorpe Country Park.  It’s an easy route that is suitable for the whole family, including little ones in pushchairs, and with plenty to see and do it would make a perfect Easter outing.  You can explore Moira Furnace, see ducks and swans (and maybe a kingfisher if you are very lucky) along the Ashby Canal or play pooh sticks at the little stream part way round - there are refreshments available at The Hub Cafe at the start/finish or, part way round, at Donisthorpe Woodland Centre.   If you’d rather eat out in the fresh air you will also find picnic tables at various points.   Allow around 45 mins for the walk (at adult pace!) but plenty more if you have little ones who like to explore - don’t forget to take something to feed the ducks with.

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Forest Rock and Holly Heyes Wood

Published: 6th March 2017

This interesting walk takes you on a circuit from just outside Whitwick towards Mount St Bernard Abbey and around Whitwick Quarry before returning via a section of the Ivanhoe Way.  There are some steep bits as you climb up through Forest Rock Wood and then down and around the side of the same hill and you’ll pass by two stone circles though they certainly aren’t Stone Henge!  There are spots where you could enjoy a picnic in the later section of the walk, especially if you have lovely weather as I did.  The walk takes around an hour and enjoys views of Whitwick Quarry and Mount St Bernard Abbey, plus a pretty stretch through Holly Heyes Wood.

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A great family walk

Published: 25th January 2017

 This month’s walk is a great one for getting the whole family out and blowing away the cobwebs. The paths are all very good surfaces and well maintained and I would think would be great for youngsters on bikes or in pushchairs (be aware that the hill back up to the main car park is steep though!). 

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Staunton Harold - Our paired legs stand…..

Published: 3rd January 2017

When you do the walk you’ll understand the title!  This fun walk is well marked and follows through 13 stiles, each of which has been inscribed with wording.  Note the words as you pass and you’ll complete a quotation, then turn round and discover a different quotation on the return journey.  Huge thanks must be given to John Blunt who had the stiles installed along this permissive path allowing us to enjoy being led ‘out to the undiscovered ends’ and back to where ‘the grass is greener yet’. The walk takes around 2 hours and there is quite a steep slope near the start so it’s probably a bit much for very little ones but older children will certainly enjoy discovering the carved stiles and joining up the wording.   We start from the car park for the Ferrers Centre, within Staunton Harold Estate - the postcode for sat nav users is LE65 1RT.  Parking is usually free during the week but there is a small charge at weekends.

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Local Christmas Walks

Published: 28th November 2016

Three great places for a Christmas walk

There is a magic about Christmas that can see even the least active family members being persuaded outside for a breath of fresh air.  It may be a short stroll after Christmas Lunch to walk off the excesses of turkey and Christmas pudding, or an urge to get everyone out of the house of Boxing Day before tempers erupt!  It could be the crisp, clear feel of New Year’s Day, or just the fact that you have the time to enjoy a slice of the outdoors during the holiday break.  Whatever the reason, this is the time when the whole family often walks together - so I’ve rounded up three of my favourite locations that everyone, from oldies to littlies, can enjoy over the festive season.  Opening times may vary over the Christmas period, particularly for facilities such as shops or cafes, so do check before you go.

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Ticknall Tramway Tunnel and Limeyards

Ticknall Tramway Tunnel and Limeyards

Published: 31st October 2016

This is a brilliant walk to take the kids on as it has a tunnel plus caves, rocky outcrops and ponds to explore along the route.  I would recommend taking torches - the tunnel is lit by shafts and you can see the end but it can be slippery and is uneven underfoot.  For those who aren’t surefooted but would still like to enjoy the walk there is an above ground option to avoid the tunnel itself.  Allow around an hour for the walk.  If you fancy refreshments afterwards The Wheel in Ticknall does excellent meals (booking is advisable) and the village shop and tea rooms offer hot drinks, cake and light refreshments.  The walk starts from Ticknall Village Hall car park which is situated just off Ingleby Lane in Ticknall.  The postcode for sat nav users is DE73 7JW.

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Shellbrook to Blackfordby Circular Walk

Published: 29th September 2016

This is a great circular walk, easily accessed from the outskirts of town. The walk takes about an hour and a half starting from Shellbrook (allow extra if you are walking out from town). It is all easy walking and the paths are mostly well marked. The footpath that takes you out to Blackfordby appears to follow a fairly direct line from Ashby to Blackfordby Church – for me it always has a wonderful feel about it and I can imagine our ancestors treading the path in days gone by. I’d be intrigued to know its history?

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National Forest Way – Section Twelve Yoxall to National Memorial Arboretum

Published: 29th September 2016

This final section brings to an end our year long walk across the National Forest Way. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the changing landscapes as you cross the forest and exploring some beautiful new areas. The final section of 5 miles is an easy ramble which you can round off with a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at the finish – an incredible site that is well worth a trip round. Download full instructions for this section of the walk at www.nationalforestway.co.uk, including postcodes for start and finish and information on public transport links.

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National Forest Way – Section Eleven Rangemore to Yoxall

Published: 29th September 2016

This month we undertake the penultimate section of our walk along the National Forest Way, our newest long distance path which travels right across the National Forest area. This section of 7½ miles travels takes us into the ancient forest of Needwood. Download full instructions for this section of the walk at www.nationalforestway.co.uk, including postcodes for start and finish and information on public transport links. If you fancy refreshments when you reach the end of your walk at Yoxall you can choose from the award winning Golden Cup or The Crown bath of which are on Main Street.

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National Forest Way – Section Ten Branston Water Park to Rangemore

Published: 29th September 2016

This month we look at the tenth section of the National Forest Way, our newest long distance path which travels right across the National Forest area. Starting at the wetlands of Branston Water Park this 4 mile walk takes in Tatenhill Lock on the Trent & Mersey Canal and passes over the beautiful and atmospheric Battlestead Hill. Download full instructions for this section of the National Forest Way at www.nationalforestway.co.uk, including postcodes for start and finish and information on public transport links. There is car parking at both ends of the walk but do note car park closing times and charges.

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Ennstone Trail and Moira Furnace

Published: 24th August 2016

A walk of around 45 to 60 mins, nearly all good firm paths and taking in the Ennstone and Ashby Woulds Heritage Trails, Moira Furnace and part of the Ashby Canal. This is a great family walk with plenty of interesting sights, including the Lime Kilns, Moira Furnace and the Bath Yard Basin and the lock that leads down to it. If you wish to stop for refreshments en route you can choose from either the National Forest Youth Hostel or The Hub café at Moira Furnace. To reach the start of the walk leave Ashby by Kilwardby Street and proceed straight on to Moira. Keep straight through Moira and follow the road round a sharp right bend before turning right after Via Devana to park at Conkers Waterside entrance. Postcode is DE12 6BA.

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National Forest Way – Section Eight Moira to Rosliston

Published: 25th February 2016

Continuing our walk along the National Forest Way, this month we set off from Conkers Waterside in Moira. This walk of around 8 miles starts along hard paths then encompasses fields, valleys, parkland and ancient woodland to arrive at Rosliston. Download full instructions for this section of the National Forest Way at www.nationalforestway.co.uk, including postcodes for start and finish and information on public transport links. There is car parking at both ends of the walk (charges apply at Rosliston) but do note car park closing times.

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