Melbourne (South Derbyshire)Borrowash

Melbor one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

13km/8mi

Ascent

102m

Descent

88m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Melbourne (South Derbyshire) and Borrowash.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 6

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Not present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

50.0% of the route is on roads (1)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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2X March 2022 by Lynn Jackson
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Start and end points

Melbourne (South Derbyshire)
Grid Ref SK3862125185
Lat / Lon 52.82284° / -1.42831°
Easting / Northing 438,621E / 325,185N
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Borrowash
Grid Ref SK4169934542
Lat / Lon 52.90672° / -1.38144°
Easting / Northing 441,699E / 334,542N
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Melbor One's land is

Arable 30.7%
Pasture 35.1%
Urban 33.5%
Woods 0.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Ken

13 Jul 2023 Summer

I walked Borrowash to Melbourne to bag the snail. It should be an easy walk as there is a pavement alongside all the roads, that's the good news. Unfortunately some of the pavement is badly overgrown forcing me to walk on the road at times. Much as I hate to say this but the section of field path at Thulston spoilt the walk so I'd recommend staying on the road which has a pavement. I'd also suggest staying on the road to reach the church at Weston. Those changes would make it potentially an easy if boring walk. There are good services at Aston on Trent, including a tap at the cemetery. Weston only has the Coopers Arms just off route. Melbourne meeting place is very good where I sat to eat my packed lunch. There is also a well kept loo close by plus lots of shops etc.


Hugh Hudson

31 Oct 2022 (edited 02 Nov 2022) Autumn

Walked from Borrowash to Melbourne. There are [normally] no major issues, but overall, and particularly when starting at the Borrowash end, the pavement walking gets very monotonous. [I was also held up by a temporary closure of the canal towpath literally a few meters before the point where the route leaves it, which meant backtracking the whole canal section and adding over a mile to the route. I am not going to question the route, as this closure should be short term]. Once this obstruction is cleared, I might be very tempted to submit an alternative that uses more of the canal and goes through the grounds of Elvaston Castle, which would offer some relief from the pavement pounding.

From the Borrowash meeting point, we cross Nottingham Road and follow Station Road (the better pavement is on the right/west) down the hill. We follow the road a long way, over the railway, canal and Derwent, past several entrances to the Elvaston Castle grounds and through Elvaston village and into Thulston. Where the road turns right just beyond the second road to Ambaston, we go straight on up a narrow alleyway and across a field path with stiles to emerge back on the B5010. We go left a very short distance and cross to the left side of Derby Road, where another long pavement walk takes us over the A50 and into Aston-on-Trent, where there are pubs and shops. Eventually we turn right onto Weston Road, where the better pavement is on the left. We follow this road out of Aston and through Weston, leaving it just beyond the railway to turn left down Park Lane, taking the right branch where it splits, then following the path to the church.

We follow the bridletrack down to the Trent and Mersey Canal, passing the Ukrainian Social Club. Beyond the canal bridge we go west along the canal. [In theory] The route goes past the two bridges (a lane and the old railway cycletrack) and goes left up to the railway.

[In practice, I was prevented from doing this by a towpath closure and a substantial fence - the signs indicated that the closure was a short term one to improve the towpath surface, but unfortunately there was no warning at the point where I joined the canal and no suggestion for an alternative route. I had no choice but to retreat as back along the canal and the bridleway to the Social Club, where a gate leads onto Bridge Lane, the access road for the Chalet Park. I was misled by Google maps into believing that the farm track just before the railway might offer a shortcut, but this didn't work either and I ended up following Bridge Lane over the railway to Swarkestone Road, which I followed left as far as the bridge under the railway. Just beyond the bridge it is possible to access the Cloud Trail Greenway, which I followed, reaching the canal bridge almost an hour later than I should have done - fortunately I still had just enough daylight to reach Melbourne before it was properly dark].

The route along the old railway is easy and wide enough to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians comfortably. We cross the Trent and fork right up to Trent Lane, then follow an obvious field path right that takes us onto Main Street, Here we cross and go slightly left to find the footpath opposite which leads to the cemetery and onto Packhorse Road, where we turn left and half right into Chapel Street for the Market Place meeting point.

  • Ken

    Ken

    02 Nov 2022

    Who thinks to look on the path closure register before setting out? Not me.
    https://apps.derbyshire.gov.uk/applications/path-closure-register/details.asp?AppID=7036&men_1975=Weston%20On%20Trent

  • Hugh Hudson

    Hugh Hudson

    03 Nov 2022

    Thanks Ken. You are right, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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Lynn Jackson

10 Mar 2022 Winter

I walked from Melbourne to Borrowash on a cold, clear day. Pavement walking made this route 3 stars, but there are definitely enough 4 star patches to keep you amused on a sunny day.

The route started well on the walk out of Melbourne, though a relatively new housing development, into a graveyard though fields and across roads. I then came onto the old Derby to Ashby railway line (now the National Cycleway 6). A short walk and then off and onto the Pocklington Canal – one of the last canals to be built (1818). I crossed the canal on one of its many bridges and walked onwards to Weston-on-Trent. The footpath at St. Mary’s Church took me a short way into the village. I continued on the pavement until Aston-on-Trent.

On the other side of Aston, I crossed the road and walked the final field (to avoid a non-paved railway bridge). This lead through a small alleyway and onto the roadside pavement through Elvaston and Borrowash.

  • Ken

    Ken

    13 Jul 2023

    Hello Lynn
    Just looked at your pictures after I snailed this route. You have captioned the canal as the Pocklington, it should be Trent and Mersey.

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