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|Melton Country Park Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 12 Dec 2016||Walk Rating:|
|Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray|
|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.
|Start to Pond Bridge|
Start point: 52.78 lat, -0.8797 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.
|Pond Bridge to Belvoir Ride|
Start point: 52.781 lat, -0.8754 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!
|Belvoir Ride to Playground|
Start point: 52.7763 lat, -0.8736 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.
|Playground to Troll Bridge|
Start point: 52.7725 lat, -0.8763 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.
|Troll Bridge to End|
Start point: 52.7751 lat, -0.878 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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