Kibworth HarcourtMarket Harborough

Kibmar two
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By Jane Taylor on 26 Jun 2021







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Similar routing to Kibmar One (via Foxton - refreshments) but with less road walking on the approach to Market Harborough. There is a new housing development which has changed the public footpath to Foxton across what were once fields, I've done my best to work out the new arrangements, awaiting reviews!

Similar routing to Kibmar One (via Foxton - refreshments) but with less road walking on the approach to Market Harborough. There is a new housing development which has changed the public footpath to Foxton across what were once fields, I've done my best to work out the new arrangements, awaiting reviews!


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Kibworth Harcourt
Grid Ref SP6827793724
Lat / Lon 52.53712° / -0.99479°
Easting / Northing 468,277E / 293,724N
What3Words rigs.caravans.liberty
Market Harborough
Grid Ref SP7335087258
Lat / Lon 52.47835° / -0.92143°
Easting / Northing 473,350E / 287,258N
What3Words snowy.throw.swept

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Hugh Hudson

25 Nov 2023 (edited 26 Nov 2023) Autumn

Walked from Kibworth Beauchamp to Market Harborough on a clear cold late autumn morning. I found this route quite enjoyable. Yes, there are muddy sections and a couple of recently ploughed fields without clear paths, but for a country walk these issues are to be expected. Most of the route through the building site and new houses is pretty close to the GPX line and clearly marked, though where the path is diverted due south it is easiest to stay on that line and join the Lubenham path which has now been fully restored (and surfaced through the new estate). There is also a good surfaced path on the north side of the new road over the canal - there is no direct access to the canal from the road bridge. The other minor issue with the GPX is the straight line from Nelson Street into Market Harborough centre at the end.

I might have been tempted to plot a fix for these, but it would probably be better to wait until the house building is finished because the new estate is full of new paths, which might offer short cuts.

A short pavement walk takes us to the edge of Kibworth Beauchamp. We then follow an obvious signposted path past a golf course and across a couple of fields to reach Debdale Lane, the farm road that takes us to the Grand Union canal. There is a stile here that can be avoided by staying on the lane to the road junction at the wharf. We follow the canal south, and there is a choice of routes past the small wood into the adjacent field, where a good if slightly wet path takes us to the north of Foxton.

We follow the lane right then rejoin the towpath just before the Main Street bridge (there is a pub just off route here). We stay on the left bank past Swingbridge Street, then take the next bridge right to join a muddy path along the edge of the field. The next footbridge may offer a cleaner line in wet conditions, but either way we have to cross the field up the hill, which had been ploughed recently, but there were enough bootmarks not to need close attention to navigation. At Gallow Field Road we go right a short distance then left along the lane by the prison. There is a waymarker indicating the route across the next field, and the trodden line was visible on the ploughed surface. Further on we meet the fence along the furthest edge of the building site, and follow it around, past some houses that are now occupied and out to meet the path to Lubenham, where we go sharp left on a surfaced path through the new houses that joins Owen Way. At the junction with Airfield Road, ignore the footpath sharp right, instead cross the road and follow the surfaced paths on the far side parallel to the road, over the stream and out to the canal.

From here the route should be simple - an alleyway takes us to Logan Crescent. We follow this south then turn right - the best line is the park path just beyond Spencer Street, we then follow East Street and Nelson Street, cross Fairfield Road and turn right down School Lane, then left through Talbot Yard to an obvious gateway through the shops. Cross High Street with care - there is a zebra crossing a short distance left that may be needed when it is busy. The meeting point here is excellent - several benches and an old shelter.

Louise Phipps

21 Nov 2023 Autumn

This will be a good walk in the summer when the fields are not so muddy! The route out of Market Harborough starts pleasantly by following the tow path which has recently been resurfaced. However, the next stage is through the new housing estate and is not clearly marked. The path soon becomes a muddy trail between barriers where the builders are still working. You head towards Gartree Prison which is also expanding so more building works and path diversions are likely. Once across Gallow Field Road, the route drops down to the towpath on the Harborough arm of the canal. From here, the route is more pleasant and signage is better. There are no stiles but it's not a route for wheels. It's a mixture of towpath, farm lane and fields.

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