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Ashby-de-la-Zouch

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Slow Ways linking Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville, Ibstock, Measham, Melbourne (South Derbyshire), Swadlincote

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Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 3/5
and surveyed: 1/5

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Coalville
Ashcoa one

Double check Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 130m Descent 97m
Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Coalville
Ashcoa two Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Ibstock
Ashibs one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 119m Descent 100m
Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Melbourne (South Derbyshire)
Ashmel one Survey me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 160m Descent 216m
Measham—Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Meaash one Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 48m Descent 71m
Swadlincote—Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Swaash one

Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 107m Descent 74m
Swadlincote—Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Swaash two Verify me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent - Descent -

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We eventually reach Measham Road, where it is possible to stay off the road on a path to the right, then take the diagonal path across the fields, then follow Babelake Street into Packington village, going straight on at the crossroads onto Mill Street. Note that beyond the bridge over the brook, the well trodden path takes a shorter diagonal further left than the right of way line (and further from the road noise). We cross more fields to reach Lower Packington Road, which has a pavement on the far side which we follow left around the corner, then take an alleyway path onto Cambrian Way....

Hugh Hudson

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This is a good direct route.Tracks and arable fields with asmall amount of safe pavement walking form the route which is generally straightforward to follow.There is plenty of evidence of past industrial activity,Ravenstone has some interesting buildings and history (hospital lane area)No access or obstruction issues,reasonable public transport links at either end....

J w ollid

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Coalville

Ken added Ashcoa two, a new walk from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Coalville

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A short pavement walk and a safe road crossing lead into the village where Main Street has interesting houses. We left the road to take an invisible cross field path, this misses Packington but a visit to the village would be a road walk. The approach to Ashby is along the road then onto the wide footpath, Mount Walk with views of the castle remains....

Ken

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A really enjoyable route, mainly following footpaths across fields in open countryside. There was a brief bit of on road walking on the open Measham Road that I think can be avoided by a section of fenced in path, but it is a trifle....

David Sanderson

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As Ken pointed out, the footpath is marked as being for the school, as if it isn't a through route but it's what you need to take. You walk down a series of steps to get to the footpath which takes you across a field and out of Leicestershire. The route takes you around the centre via a series of main roads to the meeting place at the bus station, it's a shame you don't get to see the High Street, although that isn't far if you need anything....

David Sanderson

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Swadlincote—Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Ken added Swaash two, a new walk from Swadlincote to Ashby-de-la-Zouch

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Passing the old mill tower the correct line of the footpath is ignored by all including the landowner who has posted notices 'keep to the path' on the line of poles, so follow the crowd. Well walked at White Leys but not quite on line, but this is Derbyshire. The embankment at Heath End was the Ticknall tramway but the link is a scramble so best use this short section of road. Heath End once had an Inn, The Saracen’s Head, now a private house and the footpath to it has been diverted. The countryside across Old Parks continues to delight with lots of sheep grazed pasture until crossing the deep gouge of Black Ditches after which a short section of rather muddy fenced path is encountered....

Ken

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Cutting across to Leicester Road the route soon enters pleasant grassy fields grazed by sheep. After crossing the next road the farming becomes arable but the path is well walked and easy to locate. A narrow permissive path avoid a short section of road but the verges are wide so take your pick. The next short section alongside the road is narrow and muddy but I didn't feel the route as a whole should be marked down for this. Entering the current edge of Ashby at Mill Farm the route needs care to navigate but takes you along quiet estate roads and linking footpaths to a hidden bridge under the railway into Bath Grounds, once home to the Ivanhoe Spa, now a green open space....

Ken

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It would appear that this poorly plotted route is fairly easy to follow Swadlincote to Ashby. Following two other reviews I had hoped to snail the route but the poor plotting when walked east to west proved a need to fail it....

Ken

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I walked this route Ashby to Swadlincote on a crisp dry day. Following two other reviews of swaash-1 I had hoped to snail that route but the poor plotting when walked east to west proved a need to fail it....

Ken

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There is a section of the footpath in Ashby which passes through a heavy goods yard. Beyond Heath End, as you enter Derbyshire, Ashmel turns left and follows a route through a series of fields rather than continuing with the lane (there is a path running parallel which would keep you offroad). It runs along a series of footpaths through Calke Abbey, a National Trust property and then beyond to the outskirts of Melbourne. There was a section of the path route White Leys where the footpath no longer but there was an obvious workaround and it didn't really inconvenience us....

David Sanderson

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This is a diversion to avoid the grassy roadside verges of Alton Hill, but the 'purple line' in some places does not correspond to actual footpaths, and the footpaths that are there are not well maintained (long grass, damp on the September day that I followed the trail). Overall, on the way back to Ashby I was much happier to walk along the Alton Hill verge!. 2) The exit from Corkscrew Lane is not where the purple line is on the map. There are a couple of places in that stretch where we can enter the wood, though, and there are tracks through the wood, which roughly follow the purple line. I eventually navigated through this and found myself walking beside the Alton Hill road, just the other side of a tall hedge. I would recommend you look at a map before walking this section.. 3) The purple line crosses the Alton Hill road at a point where there are 'beware pipeline' markings on both sides of the road. There is no proper hole in the hedge on the north side of the road here! The sensible exit seems to be a gate that can be climbed, a little further up the road towards Ashby. Then walk down the road to get back to the pipeline warning signs, where there is another fence on the south side that can be climbed to get away from the road.....

davej-ashby

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The first thing I noticed when starting this thoroughly enjoyable walk was that the plotting is out, as if the route was submitted when the plotter was not zoomed in properly in the OS app. The route starts at the bus station which is right by the town centre and then heads out through the residential streets of "Swad". From there, it is a very straight route through fields to Ashby de la Zouche....

David Sanderson

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In Swadlincote the walk was more urban and got greener as you approached the national forest area/woods. It felt safe (my walk was at midday) but the start of the walk had some neglected looking paths/area....

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The cross-field route from Redburrow Lane to Normanton Le Heath follows a footpath down to a field of cows, but then the path seems to disappear. Having passed through the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee wood, the route heads directly for Ravenstone Road, and then follows this for a few hundred yards....

davej-ashby

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A bit difficult to find the Public Right of Way through Calke Park (before the Ponds) but as long as you stick it you won't be charged by the National Trust (£8:00)!...

histman

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Coalville

Slow Ways added Ashcoa one, a new walk from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Coalville

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Ibstock

Slow Ways added Ashibs one, a new walk from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Ibstock

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch—Melbourne (South Derbyshire)

Slow Ways added Ashmel one, a new walk from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Melbourne (South Derbyshire)

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Measham—Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Slow Ways added Meaash one, a new walk from Measham to Ashby-de-la-Zouch

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Swadlincote—Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Slow Ways added Swaash one, a new walk from Swadlincote to Ashby-de-la-Zouch

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Mon 22 April

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch’s Slow Ways starting point

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SK3574116726

Lat / Lon

52.74700° / -1.47196°

Easting / Northing

435,741E / 316,726N

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