A Stroll on the Wolds


Distance:5 miles Time:2 hours
Suitable For: All walkers Terrain: Quite flat. Muddy in places.
Difficulty: Light OS Map: Pathfinder 874/Landranger 49
Starting Point: Buttermere Way, Barrow upon Soar Parking: Buttermere Way, Barrow upon Soar
Toilets: None Refreshments: None on route, but pubs in Barrow
The Walk
From the end of the road, take the footpath diagonally across the field to your right. Keep on this path until you reach a narrow lane. Walk along this lane, which is often narrow and tree-lined, until you eventually pass under low growing trees, and out onto Nottingham Road. Turn left and walk for a short distance along the road. Eventually, you reach a footpath on the right. Follow this path diagonally left across the field, until you reach a farm track and a bridleway. Walk along this until you reach a lane.

Turn right along the lane, and continue across a field, and along a track until you reach the brook. After crossing the brook, turn right down a path, which follows the bank of the brook, behind buildings. Soon, cross over the brook and continue along the edge of the field, sometimes not clear, until you reach the lane at Brook Lane Farm.

Walk along Brook Lane. Cross over the bypass. Carry on along brook lane until you reach babington road. Turn right. Turn left into Ennerdale Road. Follow this round to Thirlmere Road, and then onto Buttermere way.


Author's Comment:

I first wrote this walk in December 2001, and actually used it on a crisp morning a few days after Christmas. Although the fields near to the brook were quite muddy, it was easy to get by, keeping about 10m up from the brook, on a slightly higher bit of ground. The path near the farm is also muddy, but again, passable.

My favourite part is the narrow tree-lined "Stancliffe Lane" near the start of the walk.

The 2 hours has been allowed for a gentle stroll, but at a brisk walk, it could be done in about 1h 30mins.

Daniel Spencer - daniel@rjdspencer.freeserve.co.uk


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