Slow Ways linking Leicester and Desford, Houghton on the Hill, Kibworth Harcourt, Markfield, Mountsorrel, Narborough, Syston
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Double check||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 77m||Descent 147m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 15km/10mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
Leicester—Houghton on the Hill
||Review me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 71m||Descent 180m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 19km/11mi||Ascent 203m||Descent 153m|
||Survey me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 40m||Descent 34m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 22m||Descent 34m|
||Review me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 88m||Descent 214m|
||Double check||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 90m||Descent 82m|
||Review me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Double check||Distance 12km/8mi||Ascent 75m||Descent 77m|
||Survey me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 74m||Descent 77m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 74m||Descent 77m|
65% of Leicester’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
19 people have contributed to Leicester’s Slow Ways
4 people have pledged to walk and review a route
4 people have surveyed a route in Leicester
157km out of 176km have been walked and reviewed
419km of reviews have been shared in Leicester
Sarah Horner pledged to walk Narlei oneWalk this route
A section of pavement alongside a busy road before quiet roads, a cycle route and a short riverside path before crossing the river onto the busy city centre streets. The first path and crossing of the busy road is well signed but not quite as shown on the plot which is on the definitive line as shown on Ordnance Survey. Crossing the road the path alongside the cemetery is even better being an excellent tarmac surface and kissing gates indicate, for walkers only. A tunnel provides safe passage under the busy road, the surfaced path is inviting but the public path forks right or a walked path continues along the field edge after the surfaced path turns into the houses. Meeting the road there is a shop at the filling station opposite but crossing the road is an issue and the large traffic islands mean a less than direct but safe passage on foot....
Some nice eating and drinking options in Mountsorrel along the route as well if walk from Leicester to Mountsorrel....
We walked this wonderful route with the @Muslim.Hikers and had a wonderful time, saw a space centre, beautiful bridges, a lovely park, the autumnal sunshine and lots of soothing water ways. There were forms of pathways for the majority of the route, comfy walking boots or trainers recommended. Toilet at the starting point and also at the finish....
Transition to the city centre is dramatic and overwhelming, but would make a lovely way to escape the centre of town on the way out of Leicester....
Mary Oz surveyed Deslei twoWalk this route
Tim Ryan added Moulei three, a new walk from Mountsorrel to LeicesterWalk this route
A very pleasant route with long sections alongside the river and the canal as well as lakeside walking. An easy-to-follow route, which is well signed and easy walking. Plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting and virtually all traffic free outside the City....
Mary Oz surveyed Narlei threeWalk this route
I am also aware that the people who reviewed route Two during the November 2022 Swarm actually walked route Three....
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....
Full review to follow....
We walked along a road and onto a footpath beside a field for the first part of the route, before using the Great Central Way and through Whetstone....
danravenellison added Deslei two, a new walk from Desford to LeicesterWalk this route
Strider surveyed Leisys twoWalk this route
Lynn Jackson added Narlei three, a new walk from Narborough to LeicesterWalk this route
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....
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....
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)......
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....
You can also expect to find some toilets and resting spots at Evington Park, about halfway through the walk. One tiny adjustment (in photos) at the Evington Park section: After entering the park and going SE, the route marks a left perpendicular turn towards NE before a right perpendicular turn towards SE, which actually ends up hitting a fence....
Crossing the Park the path follows the River Soar along wide flat pathways past Leicester Outdoor activity Centre and past Belgrave Hall Gardens with a museum and café. Abbey Park had a small model railway, the park closes at 6pm (in November) but is easily walked around....
Lots of trees and also industrial entry to Leister....
The first 2k went along roadside pavements but there was a nice mini diversion near the start, into a park. After passing the Abbey remains, we diverged from the other group again, and crossed the river to walk through Abbey Park....
Easy walk through variety of settings (villages, suburbs, fields, river, canal) mainly on the flat with a few places on the canal to sit for a break....
The route clearly ask you to leave the road to go through a residential area....
I also walked this route as part of the November 2022 swarm and the addition of a delightful tea room puts it in the 5 star category for me. The path along the canal was pleasantly quiet for a rather mild Saturday in November. I actually re-walked about an hour of this route the following day, leaving the path at the Aylestone Boathouse site to reach Fosse Park where I picked up a bus back to London....
The route only had a short part that went through residential housing but it was possible to walk on pavements and find crossings across roads when it was needed. The rest if the route was flat and easy for a gentle walk....
A very nice, very offroad walk between Narborough and Leicester using a combinations of footpath, towpath, riverside and old railway....
There is some cycle track before reaching the canal towpath at Gee’s Lock. It would have been possible to get straight onto the cycle track before Gee’s Lock, but the canal adds variety and wildlife....
Slow Ways Darren pledged to walk Leisys twoWalk this route
Was safe and with plenty of Riverside and lakeside paths. Much of it on tarmac....
This route goes straight on to the edge of a park, where we follow a surfaced path left back to Melton Road, which we follow past the railway station, turning right onto Wanlip Road, which we follow past three small roundabouts to the river (note that it is easiest to stay on the north side all the way, because the pavement on the south side does not continue all the way. We cross a bridge over a side branch of the Soar half left and another shortly afterwards over the main part of the river, then follow the surfaced path that follows the east bank. We then follow it past the National Space Centre to Abbey Park Road. Here we chose to ignore the short continuation and double-back along the river path (possibly a plotting error?) and cross the bridge into Abbey Park, turning right along the east bank of the river and left up Cave's walk by the model railway. We cross the bridge and go straight on up Abbey Walk and Watling Street, turning right onto Canning Street then taking the path left into St Margaret's churchyard....
A lovely varied walk. Full review on its way....
Slow Ways Darren
The detour from the south starts at Cossington Lane at SK 954 129 and goes down the steps (shown in the first photo) onto the riverside path, continues north with the river on the right until after 300 m you pass through a gate and then go diagonally left to a yellow marker by the A6 underpass where you re-join the route out onto Loughborough Road. This takes you down to the riverside path, continue to Cossington Lane and back on route. However, this was an otherwise excellent route, easy to follow, easy to walk with riverside and lakeside paths....
The rest of the journey was a straight line into Leicester, walking along the maple-lined Great Central Way....
Just before this section, in Blaby, we took a minor diversion through the Winchester Avenue industrial estate, rather than a 3-400 yard stretch by the busy dual carriageway - it was a Saturday, so the industrial estate was quiet....
Lynn Jackson added Narlei two, a new walk from Narborough to LeicesterWalk this route
The actual route of Narlei One is lovely, but the GPX file of the route has an unacceptable glitch in it - a spur that would take you off-road, wading through streams and back again before you return to the correct path. Of course, people wouldn't do this in real life, but if you are relying on the GPX using the Slow Ways mapping app it would lose the enjoyment by trying to figure what you should do next. Narlei Two has lost the glitch and tidied up an area to enable safer road crossings....
Tim Ryan pledged to walk Moulei twoWalk this route
Ken added Moulei two, a new walk from Mountsorrel to LeicesterWalk this route
I haven't walked this route but making a pre-walk assessment I'm confident that the crossings of the A6 and A46 are unsatisfactory. The route could be amended to use a nearby bridge for the A46 but I see no solution for a safe crossing of the A6 dual carriageway at the location proposed....
ilovemarmite pledged to walk Marlei oneWalk this route
JessGreen surveyed Deslei oneWalk this route
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....
There are a couple of places I wouldn't feel safe walking as a woman on my own, an under pass near Abbey Park (although you can choose to cross the dual carriageway instead) and a long, very isolated and industrial path along the marina, but it would be possible to avoid this by going through Birstall instead....
JessGreen added Leisys two, a new walk from Leicester to SystonWalk this route
martin112358 surveyed LeicesterView facilities
Jane Taylor added Marlei one, a new walk from Markfield to LeicesterWalk this route
Slow Ways added Deslei one, a new walk from Desford to LeicesterWalk this route
Slow Ways added Leihou one, a new walk from Leicester to Houghton on the HillWalk this route
Slow Ways added Leikib one, a new walk from Leicester to Kibworth HarcourtWalk this route
Slow Ways added Leisys one, a new walk from Leicester to SystonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Moulei one, a new walk from Mountsorrel to LeicesterWalk this route
Slow Ways added Narlei one, a new walk from Narborough to LeicesterWalk this route
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52.63619° / -1.13321°
Easting / Northing
458,756E / 304,622N
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