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Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill

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Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill
Author: Claire, Published: 07 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide star1 Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide star1 Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide star1 Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide star0 Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide
Leicestershire, Lutterworth
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide boot Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Ullesthorpe in south Leicestershire. The village itself has lots of interest, including an impressive old mill, and the route explores the surrounding countryside taking in a golf course, old railway, arable fields, pastures, paddocks and a working watermill. It is a particularly peaceful journey with lovely, far-reaching views.

The route has only a few gentle gradients. Most of the paths are unmade and can get muddy, so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). There are also a couple of short stretches along country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. The majority of the land is arable, but you will need to cross one large rough pasture which might be holding cattle and a paddock (that was holding miniature horses and llamas when we walked). There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a few steps and some gates and kissing gates. The first stretch of the walk follows the edge of a golf course, so please watch out for any stray golf balls. Allow 2 hours.

Ullesthorpe village is located in southern Leicestershire, about 3 miles north-west of Lutterworth. It is easily accessible from the M1 and A5. The walk starts and finishes outside the village stores and post office, at the junction between Main Street and Mill Road. If you are coming by car, it is best to park on the roadside in Mill Road, but please park with respect for the residents. Approximate post code LE17 5DF.

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Walk Sections

Start to Golf Course
Start to Golf Course

Start point: 52.4848 lat, -1.2552 long
End point: 52.4877 lat, -1.2515 long

Standing with your back to the village stores, turn left (passing the beautiful pottery village map created for the millennium) and then turn immediately left into Mill Road. Mill Road will lead you past the tall village windmill on your left.

The brick tower of Ullesthorpe’s windmill has stood as a landmark over the village for more than two centuries. It was built soon after 1800 by local subscribers, mainly farmers, who raised the money by buying shares in the company. The community-owned company built the mill and employed a miller to live in the house and serve the village grinding locally grown grain. Later, a bakehouse was added for baking bread. The mill fell out of use, like most village mills, by the end of the 1800s and lost its sails. In 2008, the restoration of the mill’s six floors began, and today the mill is open to the public for a few days every year.

Turn right into the side road, Fairway Meadows, and continue around a bend to the left. When you reach a fenced grass play area on your right, turn right on the tarmac footpath which leads you through to the rear of the play area. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path down the slope. Turn left along the tree-lined. This woodland belt is the line of a former railway (more about that later). Follow it until you reach a T-junction with a track. Turn left then immediately right to join the path at the edge of the golf course, with the woodland belt on your right.

Golf Course to Frolesworth Road
Golf Course to Frolesworth Road

Start point: 52.4877 lat, -1.2515 long
End point: 52.498 lat, -1.2416 long

Follow the path with the dismantled railway (a woodland belt) running on your right and a golf course running on your left. NOTE: Please take care, watch out for any stray flying golf balls and show respect for any golfers on the course. A rail station was opened in Ullesthorpe in 1840 on the Leicester to Rugby line. The station and line were closed in 1960s and the woodland belt remains on the dismantled line.

Continue ahead, following the yellow waymarkers with the woodland always on your right. Just before the end of the golf course, you will see an old rail bridge set within the woodland belt on your right. Do NOT pass under this, instead continue ahead and go through the kissing gate to enter a pasture (which may be holding cattle).

Walk straight ahead, still following the line of the woodland belt on your right. Stay with the obvious grass path ahead and then, about two thirds of the way along the pasture, you will come to a small fork. Take the right-hand branch (climbing up onto a hillock) and you will come to a kissing gate set in the boundary with the woodland belt.

Go through the gate, turn left along the tree-lined path for just 20 metres and then turn right, down a set of steps. You will emerge to the edge of a crop field. Turn left along the field edge path with the woodland belt running on your left. Cross the concrete sleeper bridge ahead to enter a second field. Keep ahead for a few paces and then fork right (at about 1 o’clock) to reach the yellow waymaker within the top boundary. Cross the wooden footbridge here and you will emerge to a junction with a tarmac road, Frolesworth Road. (NOTE: On some maps this is called Ashby Road).

Frolesworth Road to Road T Junction
Frolesworth Road to Road T Junction

Start point: 52.498 lat, -1.2416 long
End point: 52.5009 lat, -1.2574 long

Turn left along the road, taking care of any traffic, and follow it over the dismantled railway. Continue along the road for about 500 metres to pass The Old Barn stables and Frolesworth Lodge Farm on your right. A few metres later, turn left through a kissing gate (marked with a public footpath sign) to enter a field.

Cross this field at about 1 o’clock, passing just to the right of the hedgerow that steps into the field. There are beautiful far-reaching views ahead at this point. After passing the hedgerow corner, maintain your direction following the subtle path across this grass field. In the far boundary, pass alongside the waymarker to enter the next crop field. Bear right, following a hedgerow on your right for the first few paces, and then continuing directly ahead across the centre of this crop field. You will emerge via a gate to a road T-junction. Take care on this next short stretch, as the traffic can be fast-moving.

Road T Junction to Claybrooke Mill
Road T Junction to Claybrooke Mill

Start point: 52.5009 lat, -1.2574 long
End point: 52.4979 lat, -1.2651 long

Turn left along the road, heading in the direction of Ullesthorpe and Lutterworth. After about 250 metres, and where the road bends left, turn right through the gate to join the signed public bridleway. Follow this fenced woodland path, passing the scout campsite buildings on your left.

Pass through (or alongside) the bridle gate and continue on the enclosed tree-lined path. Eventually the path swings right, leading you over a wooden footbridge into a field. Turn immediately left and cross the crop field, following the line of the wooden electricity pylons. As you reach the corner of a hedgerow, bear slightly left to join the grass path with the hedgerow running on your left.

This path leads you to a metal bridle gate on your left. Turn left through this and follow the path as it leads you over the first footbridge at Claybrooke Mill. Claybrooke Mill is a 300-year-old working water mill, still producing stoneground flour and muesli mixes by water power. The site of the mill has been in use at least as far back as 1675 and probably as far back as Domesday. The mill has several open days per year where the public are invited to view the working mill and try the products.

Claybrooke Mill to Main Road
Claybrooke Mill to Main Road

Start point: 52.4979 lat, -1.2651 long
End point: 52.4866 lat, -1.2683 long

Beyond the first bridge, pass between the two tall conifers and walk down the slope, passing between two outbuildings and across a second bridge (via two gates). You will emerge to the edge of a crop field and there is a choice of two paths across this field. Take the diagonal path at about 10 o’clock, which leads you to the far left-hand corner of the field.

In the corner, pass through a bridle gate to reach a second crop field. Walk straight ahead, following the right-hand boundary of this field. Pass through the next gate and continue ahead on the fenced grass bridleway, with a hedgerow on your right and horse paddocks each side. Go through another gate and continue on the fenced bridleway which soon merges with a grass vehicle track. Beautiful views have now opened up across the rolling hills to your left. You should be able to make out the village of Ullesthorpe with its windmill, sitting on top of the hill.

You will emerge into a farmyard (part of the Claybrooke Hall estate). Go straight ahead, passing between the farm buildings and then pick up the continuation of the grass bridleway at the far side. You will come to a junction with Main Road.

Main Road to Cattle Grid
Main Road to Cattle Grid

Start point: 52.4866 lat, -1.2683 long
End point: 52.4834 lat, -1.2625 long

Cross over with care to the far pavement. Glance to your right and you will have a good view of St Peter’s Church. Do NOT walk towards this, instead turn left along the pavement for a few paces and then turn right though the metal gate to join the enclosed bridleway track. The track leads you past a sunken pond on your left and then an old brick barn on your right.

You will come to a field gate ahead. NOTE: You may come across horses, miniature horses or llamas in the next two paddocks, they paid us little attention when we walked through with our dog. Go through the field gate into the first paddock and walk directly ahead, following the left-hand fence line. In the corner, pass through another field gate to enter the second paddock. Walk straight ahead, this time with a hedgerow running on your right.

In the corner, pass through the bridle gate and follow the path over a stream and through a woodland belt. You will emerge to the corner of a large field. Walk diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) to reach a T-junction with an arc of vehicle track which runs along a low ridge. Turn left along this vehicle track and follow it as it swings steadily right.

The track leads you to a field gate, pass through this (the field may be holding livestock) and continue on the vehicle track, which soon merges with a tarmac track. Stay with the tarmac access track, leading you over a pretty stream and on to reach a cattle grid.

Cattle Grid to End
Cattle Grid to End

Start point: 52.4834 lat, -1.2625 long
End point: 52.485 lat, -1.2551 long

Pass through the gate alongside the cattle grid and follow the access track leading you uphill. At the top of the slope you will come to a T-junction with a residential road. Turn left along the pavement, passing the Old Post Office on your left and the 1806 Congregational Church on your right. Follow the main lane ahead, through the dip and then swinging left (taking care of traffic here) to reach a T-junction.

Cross over to the far side with care and then turn right (crossing a side road) and passing in front of the first village pub on the left-hand pavement of Main Street. Continue along Main Street, passing the second village pub on your left, and a few metres later you will come to the village stores where the walk began.

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4 comments for "Ullesthorpe and Claybrooke Mill"

This walk is blocked due to construction works.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know. We have sent you an email asking for the details of the exact location of the problem, so that we can write a temporary diversion for people to follow.

By bqw50y on 27 Dec 2016

lovely walk but make sure to wear long trousers in the summer as there are plenty of nettles on the way. short sections of road are dangerous but are rather short. otherwise, a very lovely walk.

By kocha44 on 10 Jul 2017

Is this walk clear now to walk?

ADMIN RESPONSE: Yes, we have removed the temporary closure notice from the guide as the walk is all fully open. To make sure you have the latest version of the guide on your App, make sure you tap the 'Refresh' button on the Library page and that will load the latest version onto your phone.

By jilltomordy on 26 Jul 2017

Lovely walk. Only climb was near the end.

By jilltomordy on 19 Nov 2017

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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