Burrough Hill & Somerby from Twyford

This circular walk to the east of Leicester follows a section of the Leicestershire Round. The walk visits the villages of Somerby, Thorpe Satchville, Owston and, of course, Twyford.

Technical sheet
No. 292981
A Twyford and Thorpe walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 10/10/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 10.96mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 535ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 515ft
Highest point Highest point : 663ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 335ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Twyford and Thorpe
Starting point Starting point : N 52.682915° / W 0.920905°
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(D)From the village church of St Andrews (grid ref. SK729100), take the tarmac path to the right of it, in a northerly direction until you hit the Great Dalby Road. Turn right onto it and road walk until you drop down into a dip. Ignore the bridleway and pick up the footpath immediately after the discontinued railway line. Follow this footpath almost due north, up the slope, and after crossing the minor road drop down the dip and up again to St Michaels and All Angels Thorpe Satchville. Go to the right of the church and turn right once onto the side road. When reaching the Great Dalby Road again cross straight over and walk down Bakers Lane. You are now on the Leicestershire Round proper.

(1)Continue along the lane until you reach a junction with a minor road, coming in from the left.There is also a track continuing on in the same direction as you have been walking. But ignore these; turn right and walk down the slope with a view of Burrough Hill on the horizon. Continue on down the slope, cross the road and then you swing to the right as you reach the base of the fort. You then pass through a gate and swing back left as the Leicestershire Round parallels the south-facing side of the fort. Look for a gap in the gorse and bracken and walk to the top, explore the Iron Age fort and enjoy the views from the summit whilst having a tea break.

(2)Retrace your steps and continue along the base. The Round then swings round to the left up a rough track and after doing so go off immediately to the right and through a farm gate next to an enclosed wood. Next coming up on the left you have a choice of footpaths, the first cuts straight across the field, which is usually badly cut up because of the farm animals in it, or the second (the Round) takes you down a track, but eventually you have to veer to the left across the field to reach the gate. Once through, follow the hedgerow until the next field boundary. Carry on in a northerly direction and then the path reaches Rise Hill Spinney where it drops down a steep slope.

(3)Two thirds down the slope, take the path off to the right through the wood (this doubles up as the Jubilee Way as well as the Leics Round). This wide wooded track is usually muddy as it is north-facing and never sees any sunlight. After a distance of 1.5 kilometres (almost a mile) though it feels longer you pass through another farm gate and out into the open. The path curves off to the right and then you re-enter Buttermilk Hill Spinney where the path continues right and then you are faced with a short, sharp, steep climb with some wooden steps provided near the top in order to make it easier to ascend in wet weather.

(4)After this lung-bursting effort (and a fine example of alliteration) the Round continues almost due south. Follow the hedgerow and then you will see a access gate slightly off to the right with a copse just behind it. Go through the gate, drop down to cross a stream, within the copse, and then straighten up back onto a southerly direction. Apart from one kink the footpath will take you directly into Somerby. There is a bench placed conveniently nearby and also the village has the Stilton Cheese pub, equally nearby, which offers good food and real ales for the discerning drinker.

(5)The second half of the walk initially continues along the Leicestershire Round. To start walk down the lane to the left of the village school, which is also nearby. Soon you are in open countryside and you continue in the same southerly direction. Eventually, the path parallels a stream to the left. The path then crosses the stream (after about 1.5km from the start) and follows the headland to the right and then left, crosses the hedgerow almost immediately to have it on your left. The path continues its southerly direction and with the exception of one left-hand kink in it there is no variation until a junction with a road.

(6)Go left and road walk into Owston. At the t-junction go right, ignore the first footpath sign, but follow the bridleway immediately after. Continue along in a westerly direction until just short of Owston Lodge Farm (now a riding school) where the bridleway leaves the track off to the right. When you hit the road, the bridleway continues to the left of White House Farm. The next thing you will see is a railway viaduct and the route passes under the left-hand arch. Continue along with the hedgerow to you right, passing a discontinued chicken farm.

(7)On reaching the road turn right and then pick up the footpath to the left. Cross the footbrige and follow the sign to the right of the farm buildings. Go across the farmyard to the next hedgerow, climb the stile, go to your right and over the next stile and the road should be in sight. Once on the road, follow it to the left, it then curves slightly to the right and the church will come into sight on your right hand side. I hope you've enjoyed yourself or selves.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 341ft - Twyford village church
1 : mi 2.08 - alt. 551ft - Turn right at road junction
2 : mi 3.12 - alt. 663ft - Iron age fort
3 : mi 3.76 - alt. 597ft - Take righthand path through woods
4 : mi 4.4 - alt. 479ft - Continue due south
5 : mi 5.9 - alt. 607ft - Walk down lane left of school
6 : mi 7.38 - alt. 463ft - Turn left along road to Owston
7 : mi 10.13 - alt. 381ft - Turn right along road
D/A : mi 10.96 - alt. 341ft - Twyford village church

Useful Information

Twyford is a quiet Leicestershire village to the East of the City of Leicester and to the South of the Town of Melton. It has one pub, The Saddle. There is an hourly bus service (Centrebus No. 100) from Leicester. Bus Times can be checked on the internet. The walk follows a section of the Leicestershire Round.

Note: Tony Kellett suggests a slightly modified version of this walk. Rather than going round Burrough Hill we followed the Leicestershire Round track up to the fort at the top where the views are wonderful. Tony also notes that the Stilton Cheese Inn in Somerby was excellent - a CAMRA pub of the year with a charming landlady who really knew her beer and a menu with 15 home made puddings of very high quality!

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 4.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.83/5

on Tue 06 Apr 2021 17:08:12 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/04/21
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Good walk, had been very dry but there was still some muddy areas, so in a time of heavy rain this could be quite difficult underfoot. On the top of Burrough hill walk from the RAC trig point to the fort go past it and turn left down the hill to meet the pathway through the wood. The directions and two options are unnecessarily confusing.

on Tue 19 May 2020 01:57:01 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 16/05/20
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk with lots of interesting sites especially the fort. Got a bit lost around the stream and never made it to Owston. The information was a little confusing and we ended up in a field we couldn’t get out of. Still. When we finally escaped the field bi crawling under a barbed wire fence , we found ourselves back on the right route. Shame the pubs are all still closed. We had to wait till we got home to reward ourselves!!!

on Sun 11 Aug 2019 17:22:09 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 11/08/19
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Did this walk on the day after the strong winds hit Britain and although it was a lot calmer still got blown to bits on the top of Burrough Hill. The wind had caused some problems in that a large tree had blown down across the bridle way between Owston and Twyford just after Hill Close Farm and although it was possible to get through it did involve some climbing over and ducking under. Some great views and a really enjoyable walk

on Mon 01 Apr 2019 12:56:21 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Very pleasant walk through the rolling hills of Leicestershire. A number of vistas providing great views on a clear day. Mostly well marked routes and good quality footpaths. There are plenty of footpaths so detours and adaptions are easy to make. I decided to start at the Iron Age Fort - the car park is £2.50 cash only and has some toilets. It also makes for a good landmark on the return leg.

Sadly didn't get to try any of the pubs which looked very inviting but a few benches on the walk that are perfect for a picnic.

Most of my walks include my collie and there was plenty of dog friendly stiles and gates. An occasional one or two required lifting him over which was less than ideal. Also paths passing through fields of sheep (lambing time) or horses which was fine with my dog but may put some people off.

on Mon 25 Feb 2019 20:21:04 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/02/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Really enjoyable walk with great views and plenty of interest.
As with the previous review the only "problem" we had with the directions was after climbing the steps there were no waymarkers or obvious path on the ground (bearing in mind this was February and the field had been ploughed). What looks to be the most likely route is by a hedgerow roughly at 11 o'clock as you stand with the steps behind you but this is wrong. The actual path runs across the field at approx 1 o'clock over the brow of the hill. However we turned right and went along the hedgerow for about 50yds and then turned left down the side of the field keeping the hedgerow to our right. The actual footpath joins this hedgerow a little further down the hill. However looking at the footprints and tracks on the ground this appears to be the preferred route. The only other comment would be that it looks like there could be a few really muddy areas by gates and styles if you were doing this walk after heavy rain. All in all though a really good and rewarding walk (especially if you stop off at the pub!).

on Mon 16 Apr 2018 23:44:19 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 16/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

My friend and I did this walk 16/4/18 and both really enjoyed it. The views from the top of Burrough Hill were amazing. The directions are mainly very good but we got slightly lost after going up the steps on the slope on the Somerby stretch but then we sorted it and was very good and easy to follow. The Stilton cheese inn as stated was lovely no cakes but fabulous selection of puddings. We were also lucky and watched a shepherd working his dogs and all the lambs along the way were gorgeous and some beautiful churches too. Thank you for sharing this walk.

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