Martinshaw Wood

Martinshaw Wood

Sunday, 20th October, 2019

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

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The Walk

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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Ratby

Sunday, 21st April 2019

Ratby Burroughs > Newtown Linford > Groby > Ratby

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The Bluebell Walk:

The walk this Easter weekend was courtesy of the Kilsbys – and a great walk it turned out to be.

Starting from the library car park at Ratby, head downhill along Main Street to the junction then take Burroughs Road all the way to the car park. The woods here are well worth a wander around to take a peek at all the bluebells – but keep an eye on the direction you need to follow.

Pick up the National Forest Way and wander through Martinshaw Wood. Exiting the wood, head north until meeting up with the A50. Carefully cross the A50 (Markfield Road) at the break in the barriers and head north-west past the bus stop, shortly after which is a footpath to the right.

This footpath leads through Lady Hay wood and is a mild incline until it reaches its peak where it crosses Groby Lane before descending into Newtown Linford where the path exits right by the Old Post Office and Tea Rooms – an excellent place for a quick brew or an ice-cream!

A 90 degree right turn in Newtown Linford takes you along Bradgate Road for a short while until you draw level with the furthest entrance to Bradgate carpark. Take the footpath to the right. You are now heading south and east skirting Sheet Hedges Wood and down into Groby and The Stamford Arms for refreshments.

When you leave the pub, turn left along Ratby Road and follow it past a mini-roundabout and shortly after passing the 40 MPH road signs there is a footpath to your left. This footpath skirts the cemetery and leads under the M1 motorway into Ratby. Alternatively, stay on the road all the back to the library.

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