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This walk is about 5.5 miles long, starting and ending at the village of Hoby. There are fine views across the undulating Leicestershire countryside from the elevated ground near Ragdale Hall. The route and footpaths are well maintained with visible waymarkers and only a few stiles. Most paths are across crop or pasture fields but note some fields may contain bullocks depending on the time of year.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) The walk starts from the Blue Bell Inn, LE14 3DT in the pretty village of Hoby, Leicestershire. If you plan to have lunch at the pub use the pub carpark. On leaving the pub carpark, turn right up Main Street and follow round until you get to the first Waymarker. This leads onto Ashfordby Road.
(2) Cross Ashfordby Road. At the yellow Waymarker on the opposite north side, enter field and follow several more until you reach the A6006 Loughborough Road, near Shoby village.
(4) Avoid the A6006 road itself by turning left at next Waymarker along a farm track. At the end of the track by-pass the farmyard and head WSW following yellow Waymarkers. Cross stream and continue straight to next Waymarker on right-hand hedge boundary. At this point head WSW away from hedge and across a large crop field until you hit Ragdale Road.There are fine views to the south. At Ragdale Road turn right and follow road into the village Main Street.
At the junction with Six Hills Road, turn left at the Waymarker along a narrow passage heading south and adjacent to a stream.
(7)Turn right and head SW at the next Waymarker across crop fields. Again there are excellent views to the SE. The steeple of Hoby church is visible to the South, as is Ragdale Hall to the North.
(8) Follow the waymarkers going SSE, heading for Hoby. On entering Church Lane, follow the road around pass the church, to the Blue Bell pub. The church is worth a visit. It dates back to 13th Century. The pub won the CAMRA pub of the year award in 2018. The food is excellent.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 249ft - Blue Bell Inn
1 : mi 0.09 - alt. 246ft
2 : mi 0.17 - alt. 246ft - Turn right into Ashfordby Road
3 : mi 0.53 - alt. 220ft
4 : mi 1.9 - alt. 328ft - Turn left on A6006
5 : mi 2.48 - alt. 302ft
6 : mi 2.97 - alt. 361ft
7 : mi 3.38 - alt. 318ft - Turn right and head SW
8 : mi 3.89 - alt. 381ft - Follow waymarkers SSE
9 : mi 4.43 - alt. 262ft
D/A : mi 5.49 - alt. 249ft - Blue Bell Inn
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Global average : 4.17/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 4 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
A very pleasant walk with one caveat. The directions are written assuming you have access to a GPS device. Point 8 on the map is in the middle of a large field with the boundaries mostly out of sight. There is nothing on the ground to mark it, and overshooting (as we did) takes you into territory with no waymarks. Ragdale Hall is visible most of the time, but Hoby church, contrary to the description, is not, so there is little to guide you. The lat long of each way point is helpfully listed, but of no use if you don't have GPS.
Despite this, I'd recommend it, and lunch at the Blue Bell was excellent.
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good
Very nice walk across rural Leicestershire, fairly gentle going with some fantastic views to the South. Would recommend not wearing shorts as some long stretches with stinging nettles and thorny plants. Also be careful of the Bullocks near the farm we, managed to skirt around them but wouldn’t want to walk directly through them as they were very excited and lively. Finished off nicely with a well earned pint in the Blue Bell Inn.
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