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Pretty good if you fancy a long walk. We detoured by accident at one point where we turned back but we did get to see a swamp and use a footpath. Otherwise it’s all roads

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

lovely day for it. Lambs were out in the fields, daffodils were in bloom. River was still and gorgeous!!

Lovely walk, especially to do with dogs. Found the route for this walk to be off quite a bit in the middle if you wanted to stick to way markers.

a decent route but due to recent weather was very boggy

Overall the conditions for this trail is good however we came over a few snags. Firstly parking in Great Glen proved to be a little tricky; we ended up parking on the side of the road at the green. The route says dog friendly but it required us to walk through a horse field and a field full of rams; in addition to this a lot of gates were locked or jammed shut so getting our dog over or around these became a big task each time. In the field with the horse, we was charged down by a very frustrated horse that was blocking the sty so we tried to slowly walk a longer route around the field and exit via a different route- turns out this didn’t fix the problem and found ourselves lodged between two fences with a very angry horse. Not really ideal. Overall the route gave the impression that on most path ways through farms we weren’t actually welcome - was very bizarre experience. Fox and Goose in Illston was very friendly and welcoming!

Fantastic area for walking. Hills, woods,cross country trails, river, reservoir and most of all the wildlife. Bradgate park has Its own herds of Fallow Deer and Red Deer, Badgers, Foxes and miriads of birds and small mammals. All year round walks and guided tours available, along with practical courses and instruction.

Good trair for dogs, we deviated via a foot path cutting out a road. The deviation went through a golf course most the way and was extremely muddy and golfers werent best pleased even though its a public foot path. Parking is £4 for the day, toilets are free.

An Interesting and varied walk, with hidden offerings you’d never spot without the instructions. Though very wet and muddy in patches at the moment (Jan) which made it all quite slippery at times on the edge of the river. The part around the road wasn’t very pleasant as the path was so narrow and there sadly seems to be a huge amount of fly tipping from the road down to the path area. I imagine you could cut that section out if you wanted to though. The walk up to castle summit was great on the other hand and the views far reaching for such a short climb. It only added around 20 minutes in for me to do the add on, and you get to see a fire beacon and a war memorial a little further on that that. I would do it again but perhaps cut out the main road loop. Definitely one for proper walking boots. The whole route took me around 90 minutes, though without the flooded patches on the fields and riverside slipperiness it properly would have been more like 60. Lots of lovely buildings to see in Mountsorrel so definitely worth factoring in time for a pint in one of the cosy looking pubs.

Great trail, beautiful scenery. Great cafe called Sutton Wharf!

hiking
2 months ago

Reasonably flat but muddy in places (Jan 2020). 1/2 the walk skirts the perimeter of the airfield the other 1/2 is mainly through woodland with a small section along a main road but there is a pavement.

walking
muddy
off trail
2 months ago

great walk. amazing views. highly recommended

hiking
3 months ago

A great walk after Christmas excess. Nothing challenging, a bit wet underfoot in places which is no surprise after the rain we’ve had.

a very nice and long walk with lots of nice things to see but a bit muddy at this time in the year

Lovely figure of 8 through to Ilston (where there is a lovely pub in the centre called The Fox & Goose!) Tends to be pretty soft going under foot but no huge climbs and generally all well signposted. Suitable for dogs!

hiking
muddy
washed out
5 months ago

A gentle walk mostly by the side of the canal. Terrible conditions at the moment due to all the rain but surrounded by lovely countryside. The Black Horse pub also has a tea room that welcomes dogs - we didn’t try it out though.

This is a very easy fairly flat walk between fields. You don’t get much of a view of the river as the banks are very overgrown, however there is a point where you cross it on stepping stones - much to my pups delight as he could get his paws wet! There is a little bit of off road parking - for about 3 cars- and as it’s close to the local aerodrome the skies were full of light aircraft and helicopters which makes a change from road noise!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did

hiking
6 months ago

What a lovely trail. Reservoir, forest, fields, and lanes. I recommend a stop over in the Melbourne Hall cafe.

Trail starts at golf course, took us a while to find because of new estate. Wouldn’t recommend wearing shorts

muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
7 months ago

Great views, minimal shade, open fields, some of the paths nearer Mowsley are overgrown with brambles !! Lots of undulation

hiking
7 months ago

Farm friendly walk, parked in a lay-by which gave access to the public footpath. Then a circular walk following a clear stream up to the canal. We took the footpaths back across the fields rather than heading to the marina, as that would have taken the last part of the walk along the main road (no footpath). Plenty of wildlife including a couple of beautiful buzzards.

hiking
7 months ago

Was hoping for access to the reservoir but alas most footpaths around here are private. Ended up doing a small loop with mainly roads without any footpaths, not recommended.

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