The Grantham Canal between Redmile and Barkestone

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The Vale of Belvoir is a beautiful part of Leicestershire. It's known for its old villages, most still clustered around a vibrant village pub and church. Some are home to local cheese manufacture; the Vale is known for its Stilton and production of Red Leicester has also started again. The Vale spreads out below the watchful eye of Belvoir Castle, home to the Dukes of Rutland, which perches on the ridge of high ground which marks the southern boundary of the Vale. Listeners to BBC's Test Match Special will have heard cricket correspondant Jonathan Agnew wax lyrical about 'the Vale' at some length.

This is a short walk which takes you between two of those pretty villages and returns you along the towpath of the currently disused but well-maintained Grantham Canal. It's a nice half-day walk which you can perhaps combine with a visit to the castle or to Melton Mowbray, one of the East Midlands food Meccas with its Food Festivals, Cheese Festival, Pork Pie Museum and Cattle Market.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Canal Walk


Mostly Flat, Pub, Stately Home
09/06/2013 - Richard Hardy

Considerable off lead walking, with only a small amount of exposure to livestock and obviously on lead walking through the villages