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|Mountsorrel and the River Soar|
|Author: Claire, Published: 20 Jan 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the pretty Leicestershire village of Mountsorrel. The route explores the attractions within the village itself, including the buttercross, market cross and former castle site, as well as guiding you to stride out along a peaceful stretch of the River Soar, part of the Grand Union Canal. There is plenty of historical interest within the village plus birdlife and boat-life to enjoy along the river. The expansive views from the top of Castle Hill make the short climb very worthwhile. |
The walk is almost entirely flat for the most part, with just one optional climb up to the summit of Castle Hill. The riverside paths are unmade and can get very muddy after rain and in winter. There are 6 stiles to negotiate (all of which have large spaces within the wooden fence surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through) plus some kissing gates and steps. The river can be fast flowing and deep in parts and also includes some weirs and locks so take particular care with children. Some of the riverside pastures may be holding livestock so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Mountsorrel is located about 3 miles south of Loughborough, just to the west of the A6. The walk starts and finishes from the free Memorial Hall car park within the village which is located at the mini-roundabout junction between Leicester Road and The Green. Approximate post code LE12 7DB.
|Start to A6 Underpass|
Start point: 52.7274 lat, -1.1371 long
Leave the car park back onto Leicester Road and turn right along the pavement, passing the Baptist Chapel dating from 1879 on the right. Some way along (and just before the Parish Council Office), turn right into Little Lane, signed for the Leicestershire Round footpath. A few yards along turn right again onto the tarmac footpath (again signed Leicestershire Round) which leads you through a squeeze barrier into the Mountsorrel playing fields.
|A6 Underpass to Sileby Lock|
Start point: 52.7237 lat, -1.1288 long
Beyond the underpass, take the first path on the left, a sharp left turn through a wooden squeeze gap (marked for the Leicestershire Round). Follow this narrow path with the A6 running on the left. The path leads you across a stream and, soon afterwards, to a stile on the right.
|Sileby Lock to Mountsorrel Lock|
Start point: 52.727 lat, -1.1239 long
Should you wish, you can use the footbridge here (Number 22) to cross the river to explore the site of Sileby Mill, now a boatyard. Otherwise, simply turn left to join the towpath with the river running on the right and the impressive red brick Sileby Mill visible beyond.
|Mountsorrel Lock to Buttercross|
Start point: 52.7317 lat, -1.1393 long
Beyond the lock, turn left to cross Mountsorrel Road Bridge (taking care of any traffic as the bridge is fairly narrow). Keep ahead to join the pavement and continue to reach the T-junction with Loughborough Road. Ahead of you is the Parish Church of St Peter which was first built in about 1240. Its tower still stands but the rest of the chapel was rebuilt in about 1440 and the belfry was added on top of the old tower. You will also notice the typical market town architecture of the other village buildings.
|Buttercross to Castle Summit|
Start point: 52.7301 lat, -1.1397 long
Here you have two choices:
|Castle Summit to End|
Start point: 52.7292 lat, -1.1398 long
Take time here to enjoy the expansive views across the Soar Valley. You will easily be able to make out the course of the River Soar which you have just followed, with Sileby Lock across to the right and Mountsorrel Lock to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Good walk that takes in the lovely River Soar. No livestock when we walked it in Jan 2015 - but we could see traces of where they had been. It was quite muddy but nothing that a pair of boots couldn't cope with.
|By Richard on 20 Jan 2015|
Great walk but a bit overgrown in places!!!
|By leighwhite on 04 Jul 2015|
Much road noise at first and the path goes through a housing estate. However it then improves as you escape into the countryside river and locks. Happy to have walked but unlikely to return. April 16
|By Woodbeam1 on 03 Apr 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 20 Jan 2015
View across Mountsorrel
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