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Desford

Leicestershire


Slow Ways linking Desford and Earl Shilton, Leicester, Market Bosworth, Markfield, Narborough

England / Leicestershire / Desford

Desford’s five Slow Ways are 55% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 4/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 1/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Desford—Leicester
Deslei one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 77m Descent 147m
Desford—Leicester
Deslei two Enjoy me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Desford—Markfield
Desmar one Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 67m Descent 120m
Desford—Markfield
Desmar two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Desford—Narborough
Desnar one Pioneer me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 140m Descent 74m
Earl Shilton—Desford
Eardes one Verify me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 83m Descent 63m
Market Bosworth—Desford
Markdes one Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 44m Descent 46m

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Collective progress

57% of Desford’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

5/7

reviewed

3/7

surveyed

1/7

verified

7 people have contributed to Desford’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Desford

54km out of 73km have been walked and reviewed

128km of reviews have been shared in Desford

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A mix of pasture and cropped fields some large but as always in Leicestershire gates and yellow topped posts make the going easy. Crossing a road we enter wide open space but the yellow topped posts were visible to show me the way and gates made boundary crossing simple, unlike the start where there were stiles. Under the power cables then a bridge leads into a pleasant strip of pasture after those large cropped fields. A pleasant recreation ground might offer a seat if you plan to continue beyond Desford and a shop will provide any needs....

Ken

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Flat route, two stiles on the Cadeby to Newbold Verdon section, crosses farmland, through woods, village streets and Market Bosworth Country Park....

K

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The walk avoids significant road walking taking a route through fields so a few stiles but mostly gates and potential for cattle. Turning to walk parallel to the busy road the signage was confusing but once into the open field it was straightforward to meet the road at Whittington Grange. A short walk on the road to cross the motorway convinced me it was worth the extra distance taking the field route....

Ken

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Desford—Markfield

Ken added Desmar two, a new walk from Desford to Markfield

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A mix of headland and cross field paths over cropped fields. Countryside starts along the track to Lockey Farm Boarding Kennels, the recorded path cuts across one field but there was no sign of use or reinstatement so I stayed on the track. Turning by the closed gates to the kennels we are still along the field headland but even after a dry January the ground was still soft here and again later in the walk there were muddy patches. Crossing a minor road the field edge is some distance so it's across the middle but again well walked, unless you are the first visitor after cultivation....

Ken

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After a short road section (with a narrow pavement) the field paths were not as good, and mostly ran along field edges which had been planted up to the edge. Then a residential road of very nice houses led into Kirby Muxloe and a good deli-pub lunch at the Royal Oak. Going into the centre of Leicester there were various points of interest including the remains of the Great Central Railway South goods yard horse stables, Newarke Road Bridge, Trinity Hospital, The Newarke Houses Museum, De Montford University, Newarke/Magazine Gateway, the Cathedral, King Richard III visitor centre, many shops, and finally the Clock Tower....

Mary Oz

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Desford—Leicester

danravenellison added Deslei two, a new walk from Desford to Leicester

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The path was not overgrown for us and we didn't face the same challenges as Jess, but we think the route makes use of a track which is not marked as a right of way....

danravenellison

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We'd not have known if we'd not had the OS paid app, and it feels unlikely it'd be contested by anyone as it runs straight from a well-used footpath through turnip fields to the main road....

Hannah

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I'd definitely walk it again and recommend that everyone (who's able) who lives in Desford gives it a go. There are a handful of stiles, a couple of narrow bridges and on the day we walked it (today)......

danravenellison

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This new route was great - Slow Ways Dan and I added a new section at the Desford end to stick to footpaths and avoid a short stretch of track that wasn't a right of way....

Hannah

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As the route continues it passes through, and around the edge of, more fields, before hitting a residential road that leads all the way to Desford where there is a cafe and pub, very close to the routes end....

Dan Phelan

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JessGreen surveyed Deslei one

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I walked from Leicester to Desford but was unable to walk the final mile or so because the path is so overgrown and there's no clear route between fields. This route also goes past a slaughter house which is pretty unpleasant. There are some very secluded paths on this route that I wasn't comfortable walking on my own....

JessGreen

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Desford—Leicester

Slow Ways added Deslei one, a new walk from Desford to Leicester

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Desford—Markfield

Slow Ways added Desmar one, a new walk from Desford to Markfield

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Desford—Narborough

Slow Ways added Desnar one, a new walk from Desford to Narborough

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Earl Shilton—Desford

Slow Ways added Eardes one, a new walk from Earl Shilton to Desford

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Market Bosworth—Desford

Slow Ways added Markdes one, a new walk from Market Bosworth to Desford

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Desford, Mon 22 April

Light rain

Desford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK4781103357

Lat / Lon

52.62589° / -1.29511°

Easting / Northing

447,811E / 303,357N

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