Starting by McDonalds on the High Street, turn up Baxter
Gate and walk past the bus shelters and the bingo hall. Turn left onto
Sparrow Hill and walk round the back of the Parish Church. Bear right and
cross the B589 and A6004. Head north on Meadow Lane, crossing the railway,
then continue with the FKI/Brush works on your right. Soon after the end of
the works, cross a small bridge on the road and then head immediately onto a
footpath to the right. Of the two paths, take the one that heads under the
railway, and over two bridges across the River Soar. Take the northernmost
path on to Stanford Lane.
Cross the lane. You need to take the path on the south side of the field
boundary, along the King’s Brook and past Black-a-Moors Spinney. At the
junction of four paths turn right and join the A60 Rempstone Road at King’s
bridge. Cross the road and continue the path, this time on the left- hand
side of the field boundary. This path continues to Wymeswold.
When you reach London Lane in Wymeswold, turn right. At the end of this
road, turn left onto Hoton Road and take the first right from here. Now
heading south you should pass a brick scout hut, and soon after cross the
road and follow a path diagonally across a field and south onto the B676,
past Cliff Farm.
On the B676 head west into Burton-on-the-Wolds. At the mini-roundabout turn
left. Soon after passing a school to your right, turn left down a track
towards Walton. Once in Walton, head South, following the main road round
the corner, past The Anchor pub. Climbing up the hill take the second right
and walk past the church. Take the path to our left. Coming out through a
small wooded strip, turn left along a bridleway and head down the hill and
over Fishpool Brook. Follow the path up the other side of the hill and along
the track past Quorn Park.
Cross Melton Road and continue along the bridleway until it turns into a
field. From here take the path that branches off to your right, towards
Barrow. Where five paths join, take the one that heads almost due west, into
Barrow. Coming out on the road, turn left, and follow it to its conclusion.
Here turn left, across the railway, and then right at the end. Cross this
road and continue down to the roundabout, and take Barrow Road, down to the
canal and river. Once over the canal and causeway, turn right on a path
towards New Hayes Farm, and then right onto Flesh Hovel Lane.
Immediately after the sewage works, turn left, and head on the path towards
the lake. Once past the lake, turn left onto the track, towards the A6 and
Bull-in-the-Hollow Farm. Turn north on the A6, through Loughborough and to
Obviously, you could start almost anywhere on the walk. Alternatively, after
Barrow, you could take the canal path into Loughborough, but this was not
used for the walk in question because of safety issues and the fact that we
did not start the walk in the market place, but at the Endowed Schools
further down the A6
Disclaimer - We cannot accept responsibility
for any loss or injury caused during walks found on this site. Whilst we
make every attempt to ensure accuracy of information, rights of way or
landmarks may move or change. We advise you always carry the relevant OS map
I planned this walk for the
Landmine-Awareness Sponsored Walk, and at 15½ miles it is not a short
There are a few points
to watch out for. On the section between Stanford-on-Soar and the A60 there
is an area where nettles, brambles and thistles are a serious problem.
Although the area has now been cleared slightly, it is best to wear long
trousers and long sleeves. An added precaution is to put on your waterproof
trousers- this keeps the nettles at bay- but do not snag them on thistles!
The best time to start
the walk during the summer, is around 1 o’clock in the afternoon. This means that you can be walking through the cooler
And now to
refreshments. It all depends where you start and what you have eaten
already. There are pubs in Wymeswold and Burton-on-the-Wolds which are
slightly off the route. The Anchor in Walton, as well as pubs near the canal
in Barrow, are virtually on the route. There are also nice places in all the
villages to eat a picnic.
Another word, make sure
you have enough water, our group of six got through over 14 litres! But this
area of Leicestershire did break the year’s records for temperature during
the walk, and they didn’t rise much more over the rest of the summer. As
there is no way a group of hikers could carry this much, we recommend you
stop and buy some on the way, or have a support vehicle. If you are walking
during the summer, this is essential.
Finally, it’s not a
great walk for hay fever sufferers, especially in the summer. There are a
couple of field of oil-seed rape and other irritant crops. This walk is not
for the faint hearted - but have fun if you do undertake it!
you are walking, please spare a thought for those who, due to
landmines, are no longer able to walk. Once every 20
minutes someone is killed or maimed by a landmine. 40% of landmine victims
are children, and only 5 to 10% are soldiers. These mines are claiming lives
as you read this. Mines destroy communities physically, socially and
economically. For these people daily tasks, like fetching water, have been
made impossible. These people have lost everything, and you can make a
difference to them. Visit
www.landmine-awareness.net to find out how.
an organization that has been set up to increase awareness of these terrible
weapons in the area. Landmine-Awareness also donates funds to
Adopt-A-Minefield, a charity set up by the United Nations Association.
This walk raised over
£600 for the charity. Those walking were Ashley Hilton, Daniel Spencer,
Gwilym Thomas, Gethyn Thomas, Andrew Wells and Edward Williams. Roy Spencer,
Alan Thomas and Chris Wells drove the support vehicles.
To make a comment about this walk, please visit the
I walked as part of the Landmine Awareness group, and
it was a tiring, but enjoyable experience. If you enjoy this walk, please
visit the Landmine Awareness website at
donate. Just a small amount of money can make a difference.
Like all Gwilym's walks, the route itself is
interesting and enjoyable, with a variety of scenery. I must emphasise the
point about water though! There is a petrol station in Burton on the Wolds
which sells bottled water, and a variety of pubs and shops in Wymeswold.
If you like this walk, why not try some of Gwilym's
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