Kegworth - Sutton Bonington - Zouch - Kegworth

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The walk starts off over open countryside towards the village of Sutton Bonington, which lies in the valley of the River Soar. On leaving Sutton Bonington the route follows a bridleway to the hamlet of Zouch (pronounced Zoch) and then passes the Rose and Crown pub (all-day breakfast and good beer!) There is then a short road section before joining the River Soar and the return walk.

The Soar rises at Smockington Hollow on the Warwickshire border and flows through Leicestershire and into the River Trent at Trent Lock. The river is at its widest between Kegworth and Zouch, where it forms the border between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. The parish of Sutton Bonington covers some 2,200 acres and although the postal address is Loughborough, Leicestershire, the village is actually in the south-west corner of Nottinghamshire.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - River Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife
22/04/2018 - Tony Tinley

Our first walk using the web site, and a great start it was. The Rose and Crown is a really good break point and very friendly to. The way points and directions were easy to follow, which made for a relaxing walk.

16/07/2013 - Tony Vardy

We have walked both ways on this excellent walk, we were very lucky with the weather on both days,the walk alongside the river nice and flat in fact the only problem I had with the walk was in S Bonington when the wife preferred a cup of coffee instead of a visit to the pub.

20/05/2012 - Debra Wyatt

As usual the directions were brill!! Loved this walk, really relaxing, dogs could be off the lead a lot of the time and the stiles were easy for them. Will definitely be doing this one again.

01/07/2011 - Mangal Mistry

30/06/11 – I did this walk on a beautiful day ……. Very easy to follow……full of interest and variety at this time of year…. Interesting & pretty village of Sutton Bonington, lots of wild flowers, plants, insect life, birds, boats, gardens, trees, along river Soar. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can see my photos of the walk at:

12/11/2010 - Caroline Johnson

Lovely walk, easy to follow and great for water-loving dogs. We liked it even better when walked in reverse order with swimming/cooling off opportunities for dogs at the beginning, middle and end. Lead only needed through Sutton Bonnington and there is a pub in the village for human refreshment. Towpath flooded once after torrential rain blocking off route but otherwise no problems.

08/09/2010 - David Neild

Walked on a lovely sunny day. A nice gentle stroll. With hindsight I would have started from Zouch and finished at the pub for lunch. Considering the proximity of major roads and the flightpath for East Midlands airport it was a pleasant walk.