Enderby and Narborough 7 Miles
This walk starts from the service road (///trader.lower.join) off St. John’s Road (B4114) in Enderby. There is usually room to park here, near Palmers Garden Centre.
From the start point, the walk leads up to the crossing and into the Enderby Park and Ride. Well, on any other day but Sunday it would! With the Park and Ride closed for the day we had to walk around it. There is no footway here but the grass verge is quite wide and therefore safe. A short stomp around the P&R and we’re out onto Leicester Lane. Turn left and cross the road at the traffic lights then continue along the footway, under the M1, and up to the next set of traffic lights. After safely crossing this junction head through the gate and along the track in the field.
The “short” route takes you around Enderby Warren, a disused landfill site. The “long” route (best kept for a warm summer’s day) leads over the M69 motorway and through Abbey Farm (Abbey Farm and the surrounding field system have been identified as the medieval settlement of Lubbesthorpe), along a well-surfaced track and through New House Farm before reaching the road leading to Enderby.
When we checked the route out, the suggested footpath off Mill Hill was rather overgrown so we turned down Conery Lane instead. At the end of the lane turn right onto Seine Lane and then left onto a pathway just before the bridge. This pathway takes you onto the disused railway leading all around Narborough until you reach the point where you can nip off onto Huncote Road.
Follow Huncote Road to Coventry Road. This turns into King Edward Road and is also known as the B4114. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and we’re back onto Coventry Road. Follow the road, keeping to the right at the roundabout, and we come to The Narborough Arms. This just happens to be the designated pub stop (and it’s a CAMRA pub!).
After due sustenance, turn right out of the pub and head up what is now Leicester Road. Follow this road to the (M1) motorway bridge and cross the road when it is safe to do so. There is a footpath just before the bridge that takes you past the golf course, and comes out on to Blaby Road. Just after the bridge is a footpath that leads onto the old Roman Road. On the recce, at the end of this path we found a flooded field that was impossible to pass without getting very, very, wet. To keep the Sunday walkers dry, we left the Roman Road via a path leading to St. John’s Road. From there it is a short distance back to the cars.