From the car park, walk out onto the road, and
turn left, up to the junction. Here turn right, onto Cliffe Hill Road. After
a short distance, turn right onto the footpath, which goes up some steps,
over the dismantled railway line, and down the steps on the other side.
Continue as the footpath turns into a road behind the houses, with the
allotments on the right, and then bends round the the left. As soon as you
have turned left at this point, turn right, continuing behind the houses
along a track, eventually reaching a footpath which goes off to the right
and into the trees. Follow this footpath, as it goes over a bridge,
(signposted "Quarryman's Way") ignoring the turns to the right, and go
uphill, bending around to the left.
Follow the edge of the Quarry, going along
the top of fields, and ignoring the footpath off to the left, and eventually
walking under four sets of power lines before coming out next to the Quarry
Entrance on West Lane.
Cross over the railway bridge, and the Quarry
Entrance, and walk along the pavement until you reach the junction with
South Lane on the right (just after the ponds). Walk along South lane, until
the end, where there is a footpath sign, pointing straight on, between a
house and a field. Walk along this path, which goes along a raised disused
railway embankment, between the trees, until you come out on Billa Barra
Lane. Walk straight on, along Billa Barra lane, until you reach a footpath
sign on the left. Go over the stile, and up to the summit. From here, you
can return straight down the hill, to the car park at the bottom.
I walked this route on a January afternoon,
and it was quite windy up on the top of the Quarryman's Way part of the
route. However, the views over the surrounding countryside made up for this.
The Quarry on your right is hidden for most of the journey, although, at the
point when you can see it, it is interesting to look at the different rock
layers visible in the opposite side of the quarry.
The view from Billa Barra stretches across to
Bardon Hill (the highest point in Leicestershire) and far beyond, to East
Midlands airport. In the other direction, the village of Thornton can be
seen, as well as Bagworth and Stanton under Bardon.
contact me if you have any queries or comments about this walk!