Vale of Belvoir
21 January 2024
A walk of around 8 miles through two counties Leicestershire and Lincolnshire passing by lovely villages of honey coloured ironstone described by a resident as “a little Cotswolds..but more a secret location”
Our walk commences at the foot of Belvoir Castle, 19th century home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. We make our way across fields to Woolsthorpe By Belvoir briefly crossing the county boundary to Lincolnshire from Leicestershire. Once a village centered around iron working, now a conservation village.
We climb out of the village by the 17th century Chequers Inn climbing slightly with great views back to Belvoir Castle and the surrounding countryside. We then pick up the Viking Way heading to the pretty village of Harston. Making our way out of Harston we cross undulated countryside with evidence of old quarries for iron stone now reverted back to nature. This will take us to the village of Croxton Kerrial. We will have a break and time to explore 12th to 14th century excavated ruins of a manor complex that once had a bakery, brewhouse, dairy and blacksmith forge. In the church often open is a display of archeology finds going back 4000 years.
We leave Croxton Kerrial to the village of Branston. We should have time for a break at the Wheel Inn a pretty stone built 18th century public house.
Afterwards we cross pleasant countryside to our final village of the day. On the footpath we descent a local feature of “iron steps” a local remnant of the iron mining industry.
One Eaton local legend is of a large phantom cat but dont worry I read it only stalks the countryside at night and by dark we will be back on the coach for the journey home at 4pm.
Please bring refreshments we do pass two pubs on the way and should have time for stop mid afternoon but most likely depending on timings our lunch shall be at a suitable countryside spot.
New people are always most welcome to join us, no need to book, just go to your preferred bus stop. See list under main menu ‘programme’.