Martinshaw Wood

Martinshaw Wood

Sunday, 20th October, 2019

Martinshaw Wood > Ratby Burroughs > Botcheston > Groby > Martinshaw Wood

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Walk Leader: Dave Harvey

This walk is about 9 miles. Start at the car park at Martinshaw Wood (lat: 52.6546667, lon: -1.2484500). Take the path leading west to Ratby Burroughs. At the crosspaths (is that a word?) turn left and head south towards Woodlands Farm and then turn right along the footpath that leads into Botcheston.

This path takes you to the junction of Botcheston Road, Markfield Lane, and Main Street. Take the latter and head through the village. As you walk along Main Street keep a lookout for a footpath sign on the right with a bin attached and next to some uneven steps. Take the steps and head north to Glendale Farm.

The path leads onto Markfield Lane. Here turn left and head north along the lane for about 300 yards. Look out for a footpath on the right just after a large house and before reaching open countryside.

Head northeast along this path to Forest Hill Golf Club. The path meanders for a while before bringing you back to the crosspaths at Martinshaw Wood.

For those of you with a compass (?) you are heading just east of north ignoring two footpaths to the left whilst curving round to the right and taking the third path leading to Martinshaw Farm.

After the farm, turn left and tak the path through Choyce’s Rough keeping to the edge of the wood and then taling the right path to reach Markfield Lane (again). Turn left along the lane and head through the tunnel under the motorway (M1) and turn sharp right as soon as you leave the underpass.

After a very short while the path bears left and heads past Groby Lodge Farm and exits on the A50. Luckily, there is a pavement along this road so turn right and carry on along the right-hand side until you break away from the dual carriageway. Follow this road, also called Markfield Road, to The Stamford Arms where you can have a rest.

If and when you leave the pub, take Ratby Road and carry on until you reach Martinshaw Lane. Turn right onto the lane and continue onto Lawnwood Road, past Woodlands Drive until you find a footpath on the right as the road bears left into Woodbank Road.

This is the last stage of the walk as this footpath leads along the edge of Martinshaw Wood back to the car park.

Dave described the walk as “mildly hilly and hopefully dry”! It was both, although a bit soggy in places!

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Rearsby

Rearsby

Sunday, 6th October, 2019

Rearsby > Brooksby > Rotherby > Frisby > Hoby > Rotherby > Brooksby > Rearsby

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Walk Leader: Andy Collins

This walk is a meander through the Wreake Valley. Commencing at Brookside in Rearsby, thence via Thrussington Mill to Rotherby and Frisby. Return to Rearsby via pub stop at Hoby (The Blue Bell) and Brooksby College. Approximately 8.5 miles long with no serious hills, and a moderate number of stiles, the walk is mainly on field paths and bridleways with odd bits of road.

Setting off from Rearsby, pick up the Leicestershire Round by the Convent and follow it past Thrussington Mill. Shortly after the mill, the Round veers eastwards towards the River Wreake. Fork right off the Round just before the river and take the path to Brooksby Road. Turn right along the road, over a level crossing, and follow the road a short distance until reaching a footpath to the left and head northeast towards Rotherby.

The footpath soon joins Main Street that takes you into and through Rotherby, still heading northeast. As you leave the village, take the footpath leading to the good old Leicestershire Round once more still heading northeast until it crosses Hoby Road.

Leave the Round here and head north along Hoby Road, a little more than a track, over a weak bridge, and another railway crossing until meeting the junction with Asfordby Road. Turn right onto this road and then right again onto Washstones Lane. Follow the lane over yet another level crossing until you reach Frisby on the Wreake.

Washtones Lane turns into Water Lane and just before reaching Rotherby Road turn into an alley between a couple of houses to pick up the Leicestershire Round once again. The Round leads you westwards back to the junction of Rotherby Road and Hoby Road. Leave the Round at this point and continue westwards, over the railway, again, and meet up with the Round once more. Head past a wier and an old mill until you reach Hoby and The Blue Bell for your pub stop. 

Once suitably refreshed, head southwest out of Hoby and follow the river until you cross the railway for the last time and reach Rotherby. Turn right onto the road and follow it all the way to Brooksby. After the cattle grid, turn right and almost immediately left into the college grounds. Head through the car park and past the church until you pick up a footpath leading southwest past Hall Farm and Hive’s Farm and thus back into Rearsby.

It will probably be a bit squishy underfoot on account of the recent rain – gaitors / overtrousers recommended!.

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