The start of this walk was from the “Red Lion” at Huncote. After a short walk along Croft Road, our group turned eastwards into the nature reserve lying beside the artificial hill. This is just south of the Croft quarry and constructed by the quarry company. In perfect conditions a small pond was skirted, before joining a board walk taking us towards the river Soar. The quarry company have constructed two footbridges over the river which now provides a through route to Croft.
Our walk continued to the second footbridge and then in a southerly direction beside the Leicester to Birmingham railway line. A small break was taken for refreshment at the cricket ground before continuing into Croft village. Croft pastures is well worth a visit which is a nature area managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. The second picture illustrates a line of bushes of may blossom at its most striking..
The river Soar was once more crossed before entering “The Glebe”. This is a woodland area managed by the Woodland Trust with many Horse Chestnut trees. Passing the cemetery and crossing the Croft Road, the path in the wood adjoining the road took us back to Huncote. Wild flowers and a variety of trees were seen with some large patches of pink Campion. The last picture was taken along this path.
This walk of four miles took us 2hrs and 30 minutes. Walkers took refreshment in the “Red Lion” and enjoyed memories of what had turned out to be a glorious day.