Melbourne (South Derbyshire)Breaston

Melbre one
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Distance

15km/9mi

Ascent

84m

Descent

57m

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

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Reviews - 4

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Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
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.

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

Challenges

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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)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present 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)
Not 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)
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)
Not 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)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
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)
Maybe present 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)
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)
Present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

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

The narrowest part of the path is 60.0cm (1)

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

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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

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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

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10.0% of the route is on roads (1)

5.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

20.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

There is no data on rough ground

5.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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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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Breaston
Grid Ref SK4599933535
Lat / Lon 52.89732° / -1.31765°
Easting / Northing 445,999E / 333,535N
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Melbre One's land is

Arable 41.2%
Other 7.6%
Pasture 33.0%
Urban 15.9%
Water 2.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Chris Chapman

08 Nov 2023 Autumn

I walked this path from Melbourne to Breaston. It was a dry and sunny day, following recent heavy rain that caused severe flooding of rivers in the region a couple of weeks earlier. I wasn’t sure what to expect, or whether the route would even be passable. Spoiler: I managed to make it along 100% of the true route with dry socks, but not without difficulties. At a leisurely pace, and with slowdowns to traverse wet and muddy areas, it took me three hours and 54 minutes.

South of Great Wilne, the path was very good. There was plenty of soft mud on the ground on the route out of Melbourne and the canal towpath, but nothing deep or wet; certainly nothing to worry about with sturdy shoes.

The troubles began in the field north of Great Wilne, which was heavily waterlogged to the point that large areas were fully underwater. The footpath route, which I had followed initially, went through standing water that would certainly have topped my boots; I backtracked and managed to pick my way along the rightmost edge on solid, but boggy, ground, and eventually made it to the bridge.

The second troublesome section was the Coffin Walk approach to Breaston, which was flooded edge-to-edge (and beyond) in several sections; water at least 5cm deep in places (probably deeper, I wasn’t about to step into the middle and check), and thick, sucking mud. I managed to pick my way through these sections while keeping my socks dry, though more through luck than judgment, but I would not consider this path passable at present; I had to edge alongside the thorny hedge on the right, where there was less liquid water and more liquid mud, and got a little scratched up in the attempt. Should flooding be encountered on the Coffin Walk, a diversion avoiding the worst is possible by turning up Sawley Road towards Draycott, though this road has no pavement and should be considered an option of last resort. The Coffin Walk path is usually fine, though; recent weather conditions have been anomalous.

Both ends of the route are easily accessible by public transport. Breaston is served by the Indigo bus line from Derby or Nottingham every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday and every 30 on Sundays. The Arriva 2 runs hourly from Derby bus station to Melbourne, 7 days a week. At both ends, bus stops are perfectly situated at the walk’s endpoints.

There are shops at each endpoint where you can pick up a bite to eat along the way: a Co-op in Breaston, and in Melbourne a branch of Birds bakery. Both have decent selections.

Seating was abundant on the southern part of the walk, including on the Cloud Trail and along the canal. Several pleasant benches exist, one close to the Melbourne end of the canal having a good view back out to the Trent. But perhaps the best spot is at Weston Lock, where there’s a well-built and comfortable park-style bench. (I ate lunch on another comfortable bench about 1km from Shardlow, though unfortunately, also in earshot of the noisy A50.) Please note, however, that north of Shardlow there are no opportunities to sit for the last 5km of the walk, until arrival in Breaston village (where there’s a small park at the north end of the market place with some benches).

The only other amenities along the route are in the only significant settlement the route passes through: the old canal port village of Shardlow, about a third of the way from the Breaston end of the walk. There are several pubs here, but no shops. A small, free village heritage museum is open at weekends in the summer season.

Phone signal (on Three) was consistently above two bars throughout the walk.

There are no public toilets on the route.


Hugh Hudson

03 May 2023 (edited 04 May 2023) Spring

Walked from Breaston to Melbourne. An excellent route, mostly on canal towpaths and old railways with field paths at either end and a little pavement and quiet road walking. There are some stiles and some optional steps, and it may be muddy in places when very wet.

From the meeting point at Breaston, we cross Main Road (there is a pelican crossing a few yards east) then take the lane right of the church yard and follow the field path right, crossing a few stiles to join Coffin Walk path to reach the railway bridge, where there is a choice of ramps or steps on both sides. The GPX plotting is a little wayward here, as the railway crossing is not as far west as it shows, so fitter walkers will probably just use the steps. Coffin Walk continues beyond. We cross Sawley Road and take the path straight on. There is a choice of paths where we turn left - the first one has better views but the last part is a open field and has a couple of stiles. I suspect that the GPX plotter had the second path (a bridleway) in mind, but the plotting is too approximate to be certain of that!).

At Wilne Road we turn right, and just beyond a right turn we take the footpath left to reach a footbridge across the Derwent, then cross a large open sheep pasture to reach the gate at the end of Wilne Lane. We follow the lane through Great Wilne. Just before we reach the Trent & Mersey canal we take the road left (The Wharf), which passes two pubs (if you don't need refreshments you could save a short distance by using the towpath from here rather than joining it on London Road). We follow it around several twists and turns and through a short footpath section to emerge on London Road, where we turn left and join the towpath on the far side of the canal.

From here navigation is easy - we follow the canal for several miles until we reach the old railway bridge. Just beyond the bridge, a surfaced ramped path takes us up to the Cloud Trail cycle path/footpath along the old railway track. We cross the Trent, and take the right hand fork which leads up to a bridge on Trent Lane, where we go right then take the path right (there are two, ours is the furthest right) which leads easily through fields to Main Street.

Here our path is a short distance left across the road, and leads through new houses (there is some resurfacing work underway and this has introduced a few bends into the previously straight path). We cross the church yard and the stile beyond and turn right to reach Packhorse Road, where we turn left and follow the roads more or less straight on to the meeting point in Melbourne market place.


StephenWalker

11 Apr 2023 Spring

I walked this route from Melbourne. The first section is on quiet pavements and a couple of footpaths cut the corner at Kings Newton (These could easily be avoided around the roads - not much further). Then onto the railway trail across the Trent and on to the bank of the Trent and Mersey canal for a fair stretch to Shardlow. Plenty to look at and nice countryside - a couple of very muddy sections today though. From Shardlow there is an adequate but muddy path across the fields and a couple of short stretches of road through the Wilnes. A very enjoyable route.


Lynn Jackson

11 Jun 2022 (edited 12 Jun 2022) Spring

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This route has some stiles and gates, plus one ramped railway bridge, but no very narrow access issues. The most difficult stile on the route is the footbridge crossing across the Derwent (photo 14).

The route followed the path of Melbor 1 for the first mile, onto the Derby-Ashby railway cycle track and the Pocklington section of the Trent-Mersey Canal.
The canal path formed the main part of the walk. It’s a very rural part of the Trent-Mersey – no industry by its sides, just fields and woods. I passed few walkers, although a few runners passed me. I said ‘hello’ to a good number of holiday makers happily chugging along in their canal boats.

There are different canal bridges of all shapes and sizes to pass under, and the canal locks were in constant use.

Four miles to Shardlow, where I had lunch next to not one, but two pubs. The inland port still had a wharf and old bonded warehouses – it must have been a busy place during the early 19th Century.

From Shardlow I took a left turn away from the canal, onto a quiet road through Great Wilne, into fields and across a foot-bridge over the Derwent to get onto The Midshires Way. Again, I passed no-one along these lovely paths; you can avoid the crowds on these routes.

A right turn took me across a road and a wood-covered path next to a reservoir (unseen), through more fields containing uninterested horses and into Breaston.

This is a great walk – the East Midlands at its best.


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