Lost Villages of Leicestershire: Brooksby

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The River Wreake runs from above Melton Mowbray to join the River Soar near Leicester. Over the years the course of the river has often changed, sometimes due to the effects of quarrying, and it has a wide flood-plain with many old courses still visible. Over the years villages have grown up on the river terraces, often opposite one another. This flat, dog-friendly walk criss-crosses the flood-plain, visits another of the county's 'lost' villages and passes through a wildlife habitat. There is an excellent pub with good food at the end, too. A shorter version of the walk, distance about 4.8km, is available and set out below.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside


Church, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife
5/12/2016 - Richard Hardy

Updated in accordance with Martin's comments, thanks Martin

5/8/2016 - Martin Arrowsmith

Recently we enjoyed this stroll around this lovely rolling countryside and pretty villages of the Wreake Valley. We also had a great lunch at Blue Bell Inn, Hoby. One correction...at point 8 the footpath has been moved. Do not turn down towards the equestrian centre. Continue on the road and walk across the level crossing. Almost immediately turn left on to a way marked path that runs close to the bank of the Wreake. Rejoin the walk instructions at the bridge that crosses the Wreake in about half to three quarters of a mile. We elected to miss out points 9 and 10 to make our lunch appointment.

10/8/2011 - Richard Hardy

As usual we were accompanied by our Border Collie Blue when writing up the walk. Mostly a lead free walk, with some walking along pavements and livestock requiring him to go on his lead