Melbourne (South Derbyshire)Kegworth

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Melbourne (South Derbyshire)
Grid Ref SK3862125185
Lat / Lon 52.82284° / -1.42831°
Easting / Northing 438,621E / 325,185N
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Grid Ref SK4872926675
Lat / Lon 52.83542° / -1.27810°
Easting / Northing 448,729E / 326,675N
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16 Jan 2024 Winter

I've walked most of this route but in segments at different times of the year. My review is the segments that I have done individually (ie I didn’t do the entire route in one go).

Within Melbourne:
This the only part of the route where you are able to find shops / pubs for your journey. If you are driving to get here there is street parking or a free car park accessed next to the Melbourne Arms pub.
Start of the walk is by the Market Place bus stop which has a magnificent shelter - you could probably get 30 people in there!
Walking down Church Street has a narrow path on one side of the road. Arriving at Church Square, lots of options. The church is one of the best Norman period churches in the UK (I got married in there!). Melbourne Hall courtyard also is worth a visit as there are a few interesting shops. Depending on the time of year the Hall is open & the courtyard also has summer evening events.
Walk up Castle Street. The castle is on the right behind a wall, and as a private house you can't actually see it.
Turn right onto Station Road, and you are now leaving old Melbourne, although the area here isn't unpleasant. Lots of parked cars though. Keep going until the pathway runs out - you are now at the old disused railway line, so turn right down the slope (wheelchair / pushchair accessible) to the footpath.

Old rail line:
As you’d expect, a good surface and flat. Passes through cuttings and embankments with views to countryside on both sides. No facilities on the route. This suggested route indicates leave the line at Forty Foot Lane to get up to Melbourne Road. This might not be advisable if conditions are muddy or if you are on “wheels” as the Lane is cross country & from memory I believe getting off the line to the lane is not paved, and additionally at the other end of the lane Melbourne Road does not have a pavement and is a busy, fast road. Instead I’d suggest going further along the line & come off at Slade Lane. Again not great access off the line to Slade Lane, but when on Slack Lane although no pavement it is relatively quiet. At the other end you are almost at the Donington Park entrance.

Donington Park:
I’ve walked this part of the route as part of attending motor events at the Donington Park racetrack. This is a road, but even if an event is on it is relatively quiet if all the attendees are in the track perimeter. At other times it is deserted. Head up the entrance road until the track perimeter wall is in front of you, then turn right following the road. Simple. At the far end you will find the Superbike Factory motorcycle dealers. There is a popular café here. Even f you are not into motorcycles it is worth popping in to the dealers as this is one of the largest motorcycle dealers in the UK and the sheer number of machines there is impressive. Leave the Donington Park site onto the East Midlands airport perimeter road (turn left).

East Midlands Airport north perimeter:
Walking along the perimeter road, on your left you will see a road ramp up to a field gate. This is a popular spot for plane spotters as it is right underneath the approach / take off runway line. If you see some folks up by the gate it’s likely that an aircraft is due to fly over. As you continue round the perimeter you will come to the East Midlands Aeropark. Plenty of aircraft to see in here. I’ve not been in myself but have read good reports. Turn left down towards Donington down Hill Top / High Street until you get to the Nag’s Head Inn (popular on sunny days with a good outside seating area) and turn right onto Diseworth Road. An amusing name as it doesn’t got to Diseworth, but presumably did before East Midlands airport was expanded. At the end of the road (no pavement but road only used by plane spotters) you are at one of the prime aircraft spotting points at one of the airport perimeter gates. Turn left here and you will be on the perimeter track. This isn’t paved for a vast majority of the length and will be very difficult for anyone with a pram, and likely not accessible by wheelchair. There is also a dip of about 200 metres length where the runway is out of sight. Eventually you get to the East Midlands Airport Picnic and Viewpoint Area, which is always busy with cars.

Ashby Road to Kegworth:
I’ve only driven this part. It’s fairly uneventful, passing through houses into Kegworth.

In summary, this is an interesting route, with plenty to see en route. Only one point is difficult for those on wheels. I’d also say the route is relatively safe, as there’s always people about, and it’s relatively rural.

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