Melton MowbrayGrantham

Melgra one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

29km/18mi

Ascent

263m

Descent

274m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Melton Mowbray and Grantham.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Melton Mowbray and Grantham.

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Reviews - 1

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (1)

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
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)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey 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)
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)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Maybe present Crops encroaching on path (1)
Maybe present Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 50.0cm (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: Unclear in places (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.

25.0% of the route is on roads (1)

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

30.0% of the route is paved (1)

30.0% of the route is muddy (1)

5.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

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

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4X March 2023 by Hugh Hudson
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Melton Mowbray
Grid Ref SK7527519116
Lat / Lon 52.76443° / -0.88585°
Easting / Northing 475,275E / 319,116N
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Grantham
Grid Ref SK9137635224
Lat / Lon 52.90671° / -0.64279°
Easting / Northing 491,376E / 335,224N
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Melgra One's land is

Arable 70.5%
Pasture 12.7%
Urban 16.8%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

review


Hugh Hudson

08 Mar 2023 (edited 09 Mar 2023) Winter

This is a long walk, mostly on good tracks and quiet roads, but with a few less trodden sections, plenty of stiles and a few steps. I walked it on a wintry day, cold enough for snow but not for it to settle. Overall a pretty good route.

The Grantham meeting point is outside the railway station, Leaving it, we go a short distance down Station Road then go left through the pedestrian tunnels under the railway, then turn right down Huntingtower Road and left along Harlaxton Road. We follow the main road as far as the A1 bridge (the pavement on the left/south side is better). There is a pelican crossing beyond the A1 bridge opposite the path we take to the Grantham canal (which was severed by the A1 when its Grantham bypass was built). We follow the canal as far as The Drift, where we turn left (there is a short section without a pavement but the road is quiet). Once in Harlaxton there is a pavement. Harlaxton has a shop and a pub, but it seems a little early in such a walk for this to determine route selection and had I designed it I might have been tempted to use the path from further along the canal to Denton to avoid two crossings of the main road). We cross the A607 and go straight on down High Street. The footpath past the church starts with a couple of steps and also has a stile. We cross Rectory Lane and go straight on along West End, continuing on a well marked path to the A607. The stile on the far side is overgrown, perhaps because most of the locals seem to use the hole in the hedge a few yards further right. Another well marked field path takes us into Denton (the GPX plotting is a little wayward here).

We cross Main Street, go right a short distance and take the path left that leads to Park Lane, which we follow down to Church Street and slightly left to the unnamed road leading past the Welby Arms car park to the junction of Belvoir Road and Harston Road. Harston Road has no pavement but is quiet, and once beyond the grounds of Denton Hall there is a path in the fields parallel to the road on the south side. This path ends at the Drift, and from here we walk along the road or its wide verges into Harston. We go left down Croxton Lane, taking the steeper right branch where it forks, then following it up for some distance until the road turns right and we go straight up the hill, quite steeply and over a few stiles, then along the edge of the field at the top, then follow the footpath signs into Croxton Kerrial, where we cross Church Lane and go straight on along Thorpe Lane, where the church can be seen across fields to the right. At Middle Street we go left along the pavement, then cross the A617 and turn right, turning left up the Nook opposite the pub, then almost immediately half right.

A good path takes us along field edges, and eventually over a couple of open fields to reach a wooded track where we turn right, then left down Mary Lane for some distance before using a field path to move further right to the path that follows the left edge of the old racecourse and past Racecourse Farm towards a mast, where we go straight on along the access road then across the fields and down Mere Road and Burgins Lane to the High Street in Waltham-on-the-Wolds, where we emerge by the post office/village shop.

We go straight on up Mill Lane to the old windmill, where we go left of the house and across the field to pick up a farm lane. Note that beyond Manor House Farm the footpath has been slightly diverted to stay on the field edge where the right of way line goes straight across - this straight line is now blocked by fences. We continue across more fields towards the Waltham TV mast, going through a small wood and across a little bridge to reach the byway (a little muddy in places) where we go right to a T junction, then left along Freeby Lane and right along another unmarked byway which leads to the A607.

Here we turn left and follow the quiet Woodfold Lane for some distance, past a couple of farms to find the little used footpath that goes right towards a rather odd collection of old lorry trailers where the road goes sharp left. Fortunately, Leicestershire are quite good at marking their paths, and the gates and stiles all worked, though the route does cross a large field with no cut path, then across a couple of footbridges and across another field to reach the A607. Here we have to walk on the narrow verge for a few meters before the pavement starts in Thorpe Arnold.

Beyond the church the road heads right and we go straight on. The line across the field is not obvious, and crosses an old earthwork to reach a stile. The next field is arable and has a well marked path line that leads us through a few trees and along the edge of a recreation ground back to the A607, which we follow the rest of the way to the meeting point by the market place in Melton.


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