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20.0% of the route is on roads (1)
15.0% of the route is lit at night (1)
30.0% of the route is paved (1)
50.0% of the route is muddy (1)
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5.0% of the route is through long grass (1)
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Ken23 Aug 2023
A country walk with a gentle climb and distant views of Leicester. Stiles, cattle and non compliance with the Highway Act sec. 134 so invisible cross field paths. No services in the middle but then it's only 4 miles.
The walk starts well from Broughton Astley with a bit of pavement that takes us through the local shops of Primethorpe, a suburb of Broughton Astley. Leaving the houses behind it's a farm track alongside a mix of overgrown and well tended allotments. I saw no moving traffic along the track which after a bridge enters into grass fields so likely to hold cattle.
The path gently climbs offering a view of Leicester. Dropping down to Foxlands the path had not been made apparent across a large field, following the dog walking locals around the edge would add significantly to the route distance. This disappointing lack of compliance persisted all the way to the road at Littlethorpe so could spoil an otherwise fine walk had there been standing crops.
The final part of the walk is along a pavement which offers a safe route to the meeting point at the station. As I approached there was a long queue of traffic waiting at the closed barrier. I needed to cross to get the bus so made use of the footbridge, all very attractive including a traditional signal box, disused, but my camera had let me down so no pictures.
Hugh Hudson20 Mar 2023 (edited 21 Mar 2023)
Walked from Narborough to Broughton Astley. A straightforward direct route, which can be rather wet and muddy. It appears that most people walk around the field nearest Littlethorpe rather than across it, but since the GPX matches the right of way it is fine.
Starting from the rail station an Narborough, we head south along the pavement through Littlethorpe, and where the road turns left we head right into the field. There is no evidence that anyone has tried to assert the right to cross the first field directly recently, and the longer route around the edge seems well trodden. Beyond the first hedge the direct lines are cut properly, and Croft Road is soon reached.
We cross and head up the hill (once again little evidence of anyone using the right of way but since there was only grass in the field I headed straight up the hill. Beyond a series of slightly muddy field paths takes you to the farm lane that leads to the edge of Broughton Astley (or Primethorpe). The centre of the village has plenty of shops and pubs, but we continue down to the Main Street to the rather oddly sited meeting point at the war memorial between Primethorpe and Broughton Astley.
Nick Grain12 Nov 2022
A very pleasant short walk, mainly on well compacted paths away from major roads. A couple of the fields had low lying crops growing, and the footpath was not defined. One field had a few friendly cows with a couple of calves. Two of the stiles had standing water, despite the good weather we've had this November. The parts of the route along roads had very good footpaths. I'm running a new phone, so my photos of the route went straight to my Komoot app, but can be viewed at https://www.komoot.com/tour/978094601, which also covered NarLei 2.
The route would not be suitable for anyone with a wheel or push chair.
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