Local Walks

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Donisthorpe to Oakthorpe

Published: 23rd August 2017

This walk takes you on a pleasant circuit starting from the Church at Donisthorpe, out along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail to Oakthorpe and then through the quiet village before returning past the lakes of Saltersford Valley.  There is a short section of path near the end that cam get quite narrow in mid-summer but the remainder is very easy walking with a variety of different countryside to enjoy along the way.  I’d allow around 45 minutes for this walk.

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Staunton Harold / Lount Loop

Published: 26th July 2017

This month’s walk follows a loop from the Staunton Harold Estate out to Lount and then back through young woodland and past the noon column.  The grass and hedgerows can get quite well grown in places at this time of year but the paths are well signed.  There is a short section alongside the road at Lount and one at the start of the walk, alongside the driveway at Staunton Harold.  The walk took me around an hour and a quarter - if you fancy refreshments afterwards you can choose from Staunton Stables Tea Rooms at the Ferrers Centre or The Peach House Restaurant which is located within the garden centre. 

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A loop around Tunnel Woods

Published: 28th June 2017

A pretty stroll in the woodland between Albert Village and Church Gresley.  This circular walk will take you over the top of the railway tunnel that the woods are named after and then round through Church Gresley Woods.   The paths are well maintained with good surfaces and it’s all fairly easy walking.  Allow about an hour to enjoy this walk. 


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The Battlefield Line - Bosworth to Shackerstone

Published: 23rd May 2017

Now here’s a fun idea - this walk is one way but don’t worry you won’t be stranded as The Battlefield Line offers you the chance to hop on a steam train and return to your start point!  You do need to check www.battlefieldline.co.uk before setting out to find out which trains are running and when.  There appear to be services every weekend plus midweek during June and then more during the summer holidays.  You’ll also need ticket money - it cost us £6.50 for one adult, one dog.  Be sure to ask for a one way ticket as it costs less than the standard return.  The walk follows the towpath of the Ashby canal from Market Bosworth to Shackerstone and takes around 90 minutes.  It’s all easy walking and transports you back in time to an age where walking was the main form of transport for many, narrowboats worked the canals and a train journey was a memorable day out! 

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Bradgate Park and Old John

Published: 26th April 2017

The perfect spot for a day out - this walk takes around an hour and a half but you could easily extend that to a whole day out.  Bradgate Park has  a pretty stream, deer roaming free, picnic spots and some great landmarks - perfect for a family half term outing and with the car park costing just £3 for the day it won’t break the bank either.  The park is a popular spot so expect it to be busy, especially at weekends.   Dogs must be kept on lead in the lower sections of the park and you may encounter deer at any point in the park.  If you want refreshments there are tea rooms by the car park, in the village and also close to the ruins. 

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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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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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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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