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|Medbourne and Nevill Holt|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 13 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Leicestershire, Market Harborough|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk from the small village of Medbourne in Leicestershire. Having explored the centre of the village with its medieval Packhorse Bridge and pretty church, the route leads you out through arable fields to reach the nearby old mansion, Nevill Holt. The paths through the estate give you great views of the chapel, stable block and mansion, as well as the beautiful pieces of sculpture that are dotted around the grounds. The return leg follows a quiet lane which leads you back into the village. The route is incredibly peaceful and you will have lovely views throughout. |
The route has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout. You will be following a mixture of stone and grass tracks, field paths (which can get muddy) and tarmac lanes. The vast majority of the route is livestock free, ideal for dogs, with just one very short stretch through a sheep pasture so take care with dogs at this point. You will need to negotiate a couple of bridle gates and one kissing gate, but there are no stiles on route. Allow 2.5 hours.
The village of Medbourne is located about 6 miles north-east of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. The walk starts and finishes at the Packhorse Bridge in the centre of the village, alongside St Giles Church and on Hallaton Road. There is some roadside parking within the village, including on Main Street and on Rectory Lane, but please park with respect for local residents. Approximate post code LE16 8DR.
|Start to Leviathan Wood|
Start point: 52.5297 lat, -0.8235 long
The walk starts at the Packhorse Bridge, which connects Hallaton Road with the churchyard. This multi-arch medieval bridge spans the Medbourne Brook and is thought to date from the 1200s. The smaller road bridge alongside, would once have been the ford crossing within the village.
|Leviathan Wood to Uppingham Road|
Start point: 52.5372 lat, -0.821 long
Keep straight ahead on the main stone track, with the young woodland on your left and crop fields on your right. When the woodland ends, simply continue ahead on the track now with crop fields each side. The track climbs steadily (with views opening up all around), swinging steadily right and leading you past a large woodland copse on your right. About 150 metres beyond the copse, you will see a tall yellow waymarker post on your right. Turn right here to join the grass and stone track, leading you steadily uphill with a hedgerow on your left.
|Uppingham Road to Chapel|
Start point: 52.5408 lat, -0.8097 long
Cross over with care and walk straight ahead to continue on the bridleway, a grass track leading you steadily uphill with a hedgerow on your right and crop field on your left. At the end of the track, your path leads you through a gap in the hedgerow to meet the edge of a crop field ahead. Simply walk straight ahead on the path which leads you through the centre of this field.
|Chapel to The Avenue|
Start point: 52.5351 lat, -0.7976 long
Keep ahead and, a few metres later, you will see the old stone stable block ahead, now home to the opera house. Turn left at this point and then keep ahead across the concrete hardstanding area, passing the wooden outbuildings on your right. Beyond this, continue ahead on the grass path leading you downhill through the orchard. At the bottom, turn right onto the grass track, with a woven fence running on your left and beautiful views beyond. (NOTE: This section is prone to becoming waterlogged, so take care underfoot).
|The Avenue to End|
Start point: 52.5348 lat, -0.7998 long
Follow this quiet access road, lined with two beautiful rows of trees each side. The outer trees are a line of old lime trees, whilst the inner trees are younger oak trees. Pass the old lodge house on your right, Buffalo Lodge, and continue ahead through the vehicle gates to exit the grounds. Now simply keep ahead along the lane, taking care of any traffic.
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Great walk, some fantastic views and when you get to Nevill Holt you will be surprised by what you see.
|By awizzbang on 2016-08-15 17:07:55|
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