Average Time: 60 to 75 Mins
Type of Walking: Footpaths and bridleways, well marked and easy to follow but a couple of spots can be muddy after wet weather
Refreshments Available: No
Starting Point: Sence Valley Forest Park Car Park
Published date: 24th May 2018
Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Noon Column
The walk starts from the main (top) car park at Sence Valley Forest Park - this is accessed from the A447 between Ravenstone and Ibstock (look out for the green sign on the main road just outside Ibstock). For Sat Nav users the nearest postcode is LE67 6NW. You will see the Noon Column on your right as you enter the car park.
Head back towards the car park entrance/exit, passing by the Noon Column on your left - you will see a narrow hard path that runs alongside the access road. Take this path and follow it as it bends round to the left just before reaching the main road. The path runs through the trees parallel to the road for a short way before reaching a wooden barrier leading onto a bridleway. You have now reached the National Forest Way. Turn left and follow the bridleway downhill, remaining on it to go down through the dip and cross over a pretty stream that feeds into the lakes of Sence Valley.
Shortly after crossing over the stream, as you start back uphill, there is a footpath sign leading off to the left. Follow this sign over a stile and around a field edge. The path kinks left after a little while to cross another stile - taking you back into Sence Valley Forest Park. After crossing the stile turn right and walk for about 20 yards before taking a path on your left that runs through the trees giving glimpses of Stonebridge Lake off to your left. You will soon come to a fork in the path - the left hand fork leads off to the bird hide (you might want to take a minute to see what you can spot out on the water) - to continue your walk you need to take the right hand fork. The path now twists a little before crossing an attractive arched bridge and then meeting a wide, hard path.
Turn left along the hard path to arrive at a T Junction with Horseshoe Lake straight ahead of you. Turn right and walk around with the lake on your left hand side until you come to a stone bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left to continue around the opposite side of Horseshoe Lake. Ignore a fork off to your right, which leads up the hill, and keep on around the lake until you pass a wooden shelter.
Straight after the shelter turn right onto a narrow path which twists back and forwards leading you steeply uphill - there are a couple of handy benches on the way if you need a rest. At the top of this path go past the wooden barriers and bear left to come back into the far end of the car park.