Gaddesby - Ashby Folville - Gaddesby
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The walk starts in the village of Gaddesby, close to the parish church which is renowned for being one of the largest and most beautiful village churches in Leicestershire. Leaving the church, the walk joins the Leicestershire Round Long Distance Footpath and turns north. A stretch of road-walking follows, leading to the highest point of the walk at about 120 metres. Here the route turns south and follows a bridle-path going gently downhill to the valley of the Gaddesby Brook. You are now on the Midshires Way footpath and this is an attractive part of the walk, with good views to the south and west.
The footbridge over the brook is interesting. Whilst perfectly sound and safe, it is quite narrow and high and some walkers may prefer to get their feet wet by going through the ford! Walking away from the brook, notice the windmill to the left, sadly now without its sails.
The walk continues to the attractive village of Ashby Folville. The church, the cricket ground and the 1920 village hall all provide points of interest and the Carington Arms is a popular pub. The walk now rejoins the Leicestershire Round for the final stretch back to Gaddesby. For the most part this is easy walking over permanent pasture, although there are quite a lot of stiles to be surmounted. The spire of Gaddesby church shows the direction and the frequent yellow-topped posts ensure that route-finding is fairly straightforward.
England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside
Birds, Church, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Wildlife
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