Local Walks

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Exploring Beacon Hill

Average Time: 90 mins

Type of Walking: Country Park, good paths

This walk is a little further out than usual but well worth the trip.  Beacon Hill Country Park is a beautiful spot and there is lots to see and do on this walk making it ideal for a family trip out.  En route you can spot  the chainsaw carvings, explore the spooky rhododendron labyrinth and look out for the alpacas, cattle and sheep which graze the hillside.  The paths are all good but be prepared for a bit of a climb - the views make it well worth the effort though. There is a charge for the car park which works on a ticket system with a machine to pay before leaving.  It cost me £3 for 2 hours parking - the walk takes a little under 90 minutes but you may well want to stay longer.  There are plenty of good places to enjoy a picnic. 

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New Lount Nature Reserve

Average Time: 30-40 mins

Type of Walking: Woodland tracks and open grassland

A short ramble around this really pretty area.   This was the site of the former New Lount Colliery up to 1968 when it was restored with a variety of habitats being created including wetland ponds, grassland and woodland. Later Leicestershire County Council acquired the site and put in trails and a car park.  It has since been managed ty the Leics and Rutland Wildlife Trust and is worth visiting at different times of year as it is home to many different species of birds, plants, mammals and fungi which can be discovered as the seasons change.  Reminders of the past are evident and for me this adds to the interest.  The paths are well maintained but the wetlands can be muddy in places after wet weather, there is a short road section at the end of the walk.  It’s a beautiful spot for a picnic and there are benches and tables placed around the reserve.

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Calke Deer Park

Average Time: 1 hour

Type of Walking: Woodland tracks, parkland and dead end lane

A really pretty loop along the edge of Staunton Harold Reservoir, up past the deer park and back through the grounds of Calke Abbey.  You will pass by the tea rooms and main visitor centre at Calke about half way through your walk - perfect if you’d like to combine it with a stop for refreshments or a visit to the house and gardens.  Please check the National Trust website at nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey  for admission details. times and prices if you wish to do this.  The round car park is managed by Severn Trent Water on a pay and display basis, cost was £2.50 when I went.

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Staunton Harold - Our paired legs stand...

Average Time: 2 hours

Type of Walking: Hilly in places

When you do the walk you’ll understand the title! This fun walk is well marked and follows through 13 stiles, each of which has been inscribed with wording.  Note the words as you pass and you’ll complete a quotation, then turn round and discover a different quotation on the return journey.  Huge thanks must be given to John Blunt who had the stiles installed along this permissive path allowing us to enjoy being led ‘out to the undiscovered ends’ and back to where ‘the grass is greener yet’. The walk takes around 2 hours and there is quite a steep slope near the start so it’s probably a bit much for very little ones but older children will certainly enjoy discovering the carved stiles and joining up the wording.  We start from the car park for the Ferrers Centre, within Staunton Harold Estate - the postcode for sat nav users is LE65 1RT.  Parking is usually free during the week but there is a small charge at weekends.

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Ticknall Tramway Tunnel and Limeyards

Average Time: Allow around an hour

Type of Walking: Family friendly

Leave the car park by the gate in the corner which leads back out onto Ingleby Lane. Cross over the lane and turn right to walk downhill towards the village. After a short distance cross the main road, opposite The Wheel, and then turn left for a short distance before turning right into Banton’s Lane by a wooden footpath sign. Continue through the small gate at the end of the lane and follow the footpath arrows to bear right across the field. You will pass through an open gateway and then a new wooden gate. Almost immediately after this gate turn right to pass through a second small gate which leads you down a slope to the old tramway. Turn sharp right and you will see the entrance to the Ticknall Tramway Tunnel ahead of you. Built in 1805, the tunnel was part of the tramway linking the limeworks at Ticknall with the Ashby Canal and was closed in 1915.

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Calke Abbey - Local Christmas Walks

There is a magic about Christmas that can see even the least active family members being persuaded outside for a breath of fresh air. It may be a short stroll after Christmas Lunch to walk off the excesses of turkey and Christmas pudding, or an urge to get everyone out of the house of Boxing Day before tempers erupt! It could be the crisp, clear feel of New Year’s Day, or just the fact that you have the time to enjoy a slice of the outdoors during the holiday break. Whatever the reason, this is the time when the whole family often walks together - so I’ve rounded up three of my favourite locations that everyone, from oldies to littlies, can enjoy over the festive season. Opening times may vary over the Christmas period, particularly for facilities such as shops or cafes, so do check before you go.

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Staunton Harold / Lount Loop

Average Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Type of Walking: Farm tracks, field paths and hard paths. Short roadside section

The walk starts from the visitors’ car park at the rear of the garden centre on the Staunton Harold Estate. The postcode for sat nav users is LE65 1RT.  Parking is usually free in the week but there is a charge at weekends.

Leaving the car park turn left down the tarmac driveway, following it away from the car park and over a stream marked by white railings on your left.  Shortly after this the driveway bends sharply to the left - leave it to go through the wooden gate directly ahead of you.

You are now on a wide track - continue along past fields and woodland until the track forks.  Take the right hand fork and then keep straight up this track, ignoring a path off to your right.  Keep following this wide farm track as it passes by various field entrances.  After a while the track will narrow into a grassy path, continue on until it ends at a small metal gate. 

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Trent Valley Noon Column

Average Time: 30 Mins

Type of Walking: Wide hard core track

Our walk starts at the Croxall Lakes Nature Reserve car park which is situated on the A513 at Alrewas.  If you are coming in from Catton it is on the right just after you go under the railway bridge.  The closest postcode for Sat Nav users is DE13 7AR.  This short stroll takes less than 30 minutes though you may like to spend time exploring other parts of the reserve or doing a spot of bird watching from the hide.  You could also combine your walk with a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum (adjacent to Croxall Lakes) or a visit to Fradley Junction on the Trent & Mersey Canal (just a short drive away). 

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Melbourne Parklands Noon Column

Average Time: 45 Mins

Type of Walking: Farm track and hard paths, short section of driveway

This, our third of the six carved noon columns, is a smooth and elegant structure carved out of English oak. The column is situated within the Staunton Harold Estate and our circular walk takes us down part of the driveway to this lovely estate before heading out towards on a farm track. Looping around we return via a hard path that winds down through young woodland to reach the site of the noon column. This is a shortened version of the Staunton Harold/Lount Loop walk featured in Walks for all in the Heart of the Forest. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for your walk - if you fancy refreshments afterwards you can choose from the tea rooms within the garden centre or those at the Ferrers Centre.

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