The Villages of High Leicestershire Day Walk (39504)
A relatively easy walk through the countryside and villages of “High Leicestershire”, along sections of the Leicestershire Round, taking in the John O'Gaunt Viaduct and the remains of an iron-age hill fort on Burrough Hill, with a pub lunch.
A relatively easy walk through the countryside and villages of “High Leicestershire”, along sections of the Leicestershire Round, taking in the remains of an iron-age hill fort on Burrough Hill, with a pub lunch.
Starting off from the village of Twyford, the walk takes us first under the John O’Gaunt Viaduct, on the old Great Northern and London & North Western Joint Railway, with its impressive arches rising to a height of 18m (60ft). After a nosy around the viaduct, we head onto Owston and then Somerby, where we’ll stop for a pub lunch at the Stilton Cheese Inn.
After lunch, we climb 210m (690ft) to the well-preserved early iron age hill fort on Burrough Hill, from where we’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Leicestershire countryside.
Leaving the hill fort, we head back to Twyford through the quaint village of Burrough-on-the-Hill, where we may stop for a cheeky local ale at Grant's Free House, time permitting.
What to bring
It's late winter, and as ever, the weather will be unpredictable. Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry. Some of the paths are across open fields, which can be quite wet and muddy underfoot, so you'll need decent boots and preferably gaiters too.
Please review the ODL kit list: http://www.outdoorlads.com/kit-list/sample-kit-list. Note that this is only a guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast. If you're unsure about any of the items in the kit list, please contact the event leader.
Food & Drink
We will be stopping half way along in the village of Somerby at The Stilton Cheese Inn to warm up and have some pub grub. For more information on the pub and its food go to www.stiltoncheeseinn.co.uk.
We will need to confirm lunch numbers the week before the walk. I will assume everyone will be eating at the pub unless you let me know separately by message or in the comments below. I'll contact everyone the week beforehand to confirm numbers.
Meeting & Times
From the North / M1 – leave the M1 at J23 and head past Loughborough and onto the A6 south until it joins the A46. Go north on the A46 and then follow signs to the A607 north towards Melton Mowbray. After only about a mile, turn right off A607 into Queninborough then onto South Croxton Road. This road appears to change names (Twyford Road, Leicester Road) but carry on until a left hand turn onto the B6047 towards Twyford.
From the North / Nottingham – take the A46 south towards Leicester, turning off onto the A607 north towards Melton Mowbray. Use the directions above from there.
From the South - leave the M1 at Junction 21a onto the A46 and follow signs to the A607 north towards Melton Mowbray. Use the directions above from there.
Your First ODL Day Walk
Attending your first event with OutdoorLads can be daunting – you don’t know what will be happening or what the protocol is. So we’ve prepared a detailed description of what happens on a typical day walk, what’s expected of you and also what you should bring along.
We’ve gone into a lot of detail here and it might make the event look prescriptive. However, we’ve had feedback from members telling us they’d wished they’d known what was going to happen before their first event as it would have considerably reduced their anxiety beforehand.
There is a lot of information the ODL website (see link below); probably too much for some people. If you don’t like detail skip to the headings that are of interest. If you do like detail, read on!
If you still have questions please feel free to contact the event leader.
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