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Melton Country Park Trail

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Melton Country Park Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 12 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star0 Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide star0 Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide star0 Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide star0 Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide star0 Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide
Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray
Walk Type: Garden or park
Melton Country Park Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Melton Country Park Trail Walking Guide
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A 2 mile circular easy-access walk through a beautiful country park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The country park opened in 1990, following work to build a dam and embankment across Scalford Brook as part of a flood defence scheme for the town. Aside from flood protection, the area now provides a beautiful recreation space which is home to open fields, woodlands, sports fields, allotments, play areas, picnic areas, formal gardens, waterways, lakes and a visitor centre with a cafe. A haven for wildlife and an ideal place to get away from it all, it’s perfect for walking, cycling, bird watching and family picnics.

The walk has several gentle gradients but there are no very steep sections. The route follows surfaced paths of tarmac or compacted stone throughout. There are no gates, steps or stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a couple of footbridges (accessed via ramps). With this in mind, the route would be suitable for pushchairs and disability buggies. Dogs are welcome in the park, in fact it is a great place for dogs to socialise, and dog waste bins are provided. There are toilets available at the visitor centre at the start of the walk. Allow 1 hour.

Melton Country Park is about a 10-minute walk from the centre of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. If you are coming by car, there is a large free car park (correct Dec 2016) adjacent to the visitor centre. This is located at the end of Wymondham Way, and there are brown tourist signs directing you from Scalford Road. Approximate post code LE13 1HP.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pond Bridge
Start to Pond Bridge

Start point: 52.78 lat, -0.8797 long
End point: 52.781 lat, -0.8754 long

Standing with your back to the visitor centre (with the car park entrance across to your right), turn left (past the picnic tables) and then immediately left again, passing alongside a blue vehicle barrier. Keep ahead on the main stone path, passing the Sensory Garden on your left. This has been specially designed to appeal to all the five senses; sight, smell, touch, taste and sound and includes fragrant plants and rustling leaves.

The path soon swings left, passing the Climbing Forest play area on your right and the Baby Memorial Garden on your left. As you emerge from the trees, follow the stone path ahead leading you to the long wooden bridge across the pond that is fed by Scalford Brook.

Pond Bridge to Belvoir Ride
Pond Bridge to Belvoir Ride

Start point: 52.781 lat, -0.8754 long
End point: 52.7763 lat, -0.8736 long

Cross the bridge (or if you are feeling adventurous, you can try the stepping stones to the left of the bridge). At the far side, you will come to a fork in the path. Take the left-hand path which leads you under an old rail bridge. Keep ahead past the circular garden (you can take either path around this) and then keep straight ahead to join the stone path leading you uphill between lines of trees. This avenue of trees is called 40 Oaks, for obvious reasons!

At the top of the slope you will come to a T-junction with a hedgerow ahead. Beyond this hedgerow beautiful long-reaching views have opened up. Turn right along the stone path, with the hedgerow running on your left. Continue ahead and the path leads you past the back gardens of some houses on your left. Pass alongside a vehicle barrier to reach a junction with a cycleway, Belvoir Ride.

Belvoir Ride to Playground
Belvoir Ride to Playground

Start point: 52.7763 lat, -0.8736 long
End point: 52.7725 lat, -0.8763 long

Go straight ahead to join this cycleway (signed to the Town Centre) with a woodland belt on your right and houses on your left. At the next junction (with allotments visible through the gap to your right), continue straight ahead on the stone track. NOTE: This track will emerge directly to the end of a road so keep children and dogs close.

At the junction where the track merges with a road ahead, turn right (signed for Melton Country Park) and pass under the height barrier. Keep ahead to join the left-hand of the surfaced paths, running closest to the houses on your left. Follow this path as it leads you past a vehicle barrier and then past a large, fenced playground on your left.

Playground to Troll Bridge
Playground to Troll Bridge

Start point: 52.7725 lat, -0.8763 long
End point: 52.7751 lat, -0.878 long

Stay with the main tarmac path which swings left and then right, crossing a bridge back over Scalford Brook. Immediately after the bridge you will come to a crossroads. Turn right here, signed to the Lake and Visitor Centre. As you reach a fork in the path, take the right-hand branch (staying close to the brook) and then bear right again to cross the brook via a wooden footbridge.

Beyond the bridge keep straight ahead, passing through an arch of bushes. Continue along the stone path with a hedgerow running on your right and a grass field and the brook across to your left. Follow this path as it swings right, becoming a tarmac path alongside the allotments on your right. Just a few paces along, turn sharp left to join the wider path leading you back towards the brook. Cross Scalford Brook via this larger bridge known as Troll Bridge.

Troll Bridge to End
Troll Bridge to End

Start point: 52.7751 lat, -0.878 long
End point: 52.7801 lat, -0.8796 long

You will emerge into a small parking area. Cross this diagonally right to join the surfaced path passing the Redwood Avenue Allotments on your right. Stay with this path as it winds ahead, passing another pond on your right. As you reach the next blue cycleway sign, turn right (signed for the Visitor Centre), on the path which crosses over the end of the large grass embankment dam. At this crossing point, take a moment to look to your right to appreciate the scale and length of this dam.

Major flooding of Scalford Brook happened in 1947, 1969 and 1975, having a major impact on Melton Mowbray and its properties. Following this, it was decided to construct an embankment and dam to impound any potential future flood waters. The large lake you can see to the left of the embankment is the floodwater storage reservoir. The system operates automatically after heavy rain, to reduce the volume of water in the brook downstream of here, preventing flooding.

Follow the main stone path, with woodland on your left and the large reservoir lake on your right. The lakes and waterways in the park play host to a great variety of water birds. Look out for lots of geese, ducks and rarer birds like great-crested grebes and teals. In summer, dragonflies and damselflies dart around the ditches and lake.

You will come to a fork in the path. Take the left-hand branch and this path leads you directly back to the Visitor Centre and car park where the walk began.

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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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