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A pleasant amble through the Leicestershire countryside that lies to the south of Countesthorpe. The route visits the village of Peatling Magna before heading north back to the start.
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)To start the walk go south along Main Street, with St Andrew's Church on your right. Continue along the road that leads to Peatling Magna past the left and right-hand bends. At the second left-hand bend take Austrey Lane, which is on your right.
(1)Continue along Austrey Lane. When you reach a field aim for the furthest point away, go through a gate to join a narrow enclosed footpath. It finishes with another gate. Go left with the hedgerow on your left-hand side. Walk straight ahead along this well-marked footpath through several fields which will take you to the right-hand side of Westdale Farm.
(2)Go along the driveway, past the farm and into the field straight ahead. Follow the hedgerow and then take the left-hand bridleway. Continue along the well-defined track until you reach Bambury Farm and immediately afterwards a farm track. Turn right along it and very soon turn left onto a wide grassy track and walk along this until you reach a section of the Leicestershire Round off to the left, which will take you into Peatling Magna.
(3)When you reach the road, turn left and go past 'The Cock Inn' and you will find the footpath on the edge of the village, just past the telephone box (now a library) on the left hand side of the road (grid ref. SP593927). The path goes diagonally to the right and is straightforward apart from one kink to the left and later on watch out for a yellow post indicating the path goes off diagonally to the left.
(4)This path will take you to a road (grid ref. SP588947). Turn left and walk along the road, passing Austrey Lane on your left. Continue along the lane back into the centre of Countesthorpe.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 312ft - Start: Countesthorpe
1 : mi 0.17 - alt. 305ft - Take Austrey Lane on right
2 : mi 0.93 - alt. 335ft - Continue past Westdale Farm
3 : mi 1.92 - alt. 387ft - Turn left along Leicestershire Round
4 : mi 3.85 - alt. 282ft - Turn left along road
D/A : mi 4.43 - alt. 312ft - Finish: Countesthorpe
Countesthorpe is a large village six miles to the south of Leicester. There is a regular bus service Arriva 85 (see timetable) from Leicester St Margaret's Bus Station for those without private transport.
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Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
Good walk with the dog, very muddy, one field had been ploughed which would make it a little more difficult for older people to cross, we all enjoyed it and stopped at the cock inn for a drink and to wash our boots, thank goodness for that pub. Did have to go through a field that said there could be a bull in it, however we didn’t see any 😄
Came back along the main road as unfortunately didn’t have enough time because of the dark, but we walked over 6 and ahalf miles in the end, we lots of nice views and lots of country air.
We Would defiantly do it again..
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good
Nice walk, easy to follow and flattish. Quite muddy but as expected in February. Very enjoyable, nice views, would recommend.
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