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Walk - Lets make this one local (Kegworth)

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.

The Route:

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.

Route Option:

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

• Weir

• Devils Elbow

• Nature Reserve

• Sutton Bonnington Village

• Zouch

• 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

• Kegworth

Route Elevation Chart:

Route Details:

Distance:  10.62 miles [masked] kilometres) 

Start:  10.30am 

Finish:  4.30pm (eta) 


104.99 feet (32.0 metres) at the lowest point

259.84 feet (79.20 metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 80% 

Tracks:  10% 

Roads:  10%

The Usual: 

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

• Camera 

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.


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.



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  • Rajeev V.

    A brilliant nature trail with a great company, even had the chance to try my presentation skills. Thanks Andy (and everyone).

    2 · July 21, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Excellent walk Andy thank you :-)

    July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Andy..great walk and great company

    July 20, 2014

  • Kev

    Allegedly 20 minutes long, thanks Andy. :)

    July 20, 2014

  • susan

    Great walk, thanks Andy!

    July 20, 2014

  • Lynda

    Lovely walk in great company

    July 20, 2014

  • Rajeev V.


    I would love to join the walk too. If someone could manage to give me a lift from Nottingham, it would be great (Would share fuel price)

    1 · July 19, 2014

    • Rajeev V.

      Thanks for the reply everyone. @Kev I live near Meadows so Chilwell is a bit far. I suppose QMC enterance/9:30 is the most convenient pick up point for me. Please mail me your contact Di. Hope to see you at the meeting point Aileen. Thanks again.

      July 20, 2014

    • Rajeev V.

      Hi Di, can you mail me your contact numbr ?

      July 20, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Usual Update Weather forecast for walk tomorrow: Cloudy with some sunny outbreaks, 20% chance of showers, 20-22 Celsius [masked] f) 8 mph wind coming from NW, Visibility = very good. So bring waterproofs and sunglasses just in cast but should be dry overall. As usual please arrive so we all can set off at 10:30 am - Thanks - See you tomorrow - Andy

    July 19, 2014

    • Andy S.

      I was managing a rugby league match this morning - even my socks and boxers were soaked through

      July 19, 2014

    • Di

      I have sent you a text Lorraine so you should have my number now :)

      July 20, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Forgot to add my number in case of probs tomorrow, although most should know it by now:[masked]

    July 19, 2014

  • Lorraine Lu Lu B.

    Hi. Just new to the city. :) could you kindly give me information if there is any bus stops close to the meeting point and which bus? Me and my friend are in Dunkirk. Just by QMC Thanks!

    July 15, 2014

    • Lorraine Lu Lu B.

      Perfect. Will look out for the group :)

      July 18, 2014

    • Lorraine Lu Lu B.

      Di don't have your number. Still pending for tomorrow as this cold is getting worse :(

      July 19, 2014

  • Esperanza

    Hi there! Any chance I can get a lift as well Di? I leave in Beeston, so I can meet you wherever you are picking up Lorraine Lu Lu Barbara, if that is ok.

    July 18, 2014

    • Di

      Yes that's fine Esperanza I am thinking of the bus stop at the main entrance to the QMC on Derby Road to meet you both at say 9.30? I will be in a white Honda reg D1TBO. Will e mail you with my mobile number :)

      July 18, 2014

  • Mel

    Unfortunately unable to attend due to work

    July 15, 2014

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