Nice local walk right on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire from the village of Kegworth following the River Soar and heading to West Leake before passing Kingston Hall and along the way we will pass California and Scotland of sort before drink time back in Kegworth.
Starting at Shallow Lock Car Park we shall follow the river Soar down from the bridge via the river path and shall continue in a southerly direction passing weirs and a nature reserve by Devils corner then to Sutton Bonnington before reaching the A6006 and pass another weir in the village of Zouch. After Zouch we go south east and take the footpath past Normanton on Soar (break 1) and to Bowleys Bridge where we take a North East turn over the railway and to Limekiln plantation and again crossing over the A6006 as we head in a more northerly direction and then we go close to California (well that's just California farm) passing Brickyard Lane and Manor Farm (break 2) as we head into West Leake. As we enter the village passing another Manor Farm we also pass an old moat that surrounded the medieval church of West Leake. here we begin to go westerly passing Moulter Hill and onto Scotland (just a farm named Scotland Farm) and we should be able to Sutton Bonnington campus part of Nottingham University to our left as we meet Kingston Brook and follow the Brook to the grounds of Kingston Hall part of Kingston on Soar. leaving the village we pass yet another farm named Manor Farm (3rd of the day) crossing the rail line as we head back to Kingston Lane, but passing the car park we wander over to the other side of Kegworth Bridge where the Anchor pub sits waiting for us for our usual after walk drink.
From Nottingham take the M1 to junction 24 and then take the second left (the A6) to Kegworth follow the A6 passing Cott beverages a large factory on the left hand side then after the factory take next left onto 'Side Ley' follow this road for approx 1 mile as you drive down it will change into Station road, and to the bridge over the river soar, as soon as cross the bridge and take the next left onto Kingston lane and then immediately turn left into the car park by Shallow Lock where we shall meet.
• Shallow Lock
• River Soar
• Devils Elbow
• Nature Reserve
• Sutton Bonnington Village
• Normanton on Soar
• Limekiln Plantation
• California (farm)
• West Leake
• Medieval Church with Moat
• Scotland (farm)
• Sutton Bonnington Campus
• Kingston Brook
• Kingston Hall
• Kingston on Soar
• Anchor Inn
Route Elevation Chart:
Distance: 10.62 miles [masked] kilometres)
Finish: 4.30pm (eta)
104.99 feet (32.0 metres) at the lowest point
259.84 feet (79.20 metres) at the highest point
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - even though its Spring it still can be wet underfoot, making it slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.
• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.
• Waterproofs are essential any time of the year as you never know in the countryside and best to be prepared.
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Adequate water or soft drinks
As it's now Summer the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it could be warm and sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses too also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.
Sense of humour is essential!!
Lunch - Plan is to take an earlier shortish break at 4.5 mile point in Normanton on Soar and then take lunch just over the 7 mile point just after we reached the high point of the day (the only hill of the day) where lunch will be in a secluded spot so please bring a packed lunch, the earlier break will be near a place we can take refreshments.
Please be self sufficient for the day in the way of food and drinks.
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH
Arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.30am
(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)
When I plan the route beforehand I do calculate times and know some people do like to go out after the walks too, so by starting on time we will finish on time and folk can get to other planned events too. so please respect others so we can start on time.