Belton and Leigh Lodge optional loop via Withcote 5 or 9 miles (8 or 15km)
Route Hilly, with lovely views over wooded countryside. Mixed sheep pasture and arable land. The Leicestershire Round section goes beside the little River Chater and then up and over the Ridlington Ridge on farm tracks which are sometimes very muddy. There are spectacular views. Rutland Water and the Eyebrook reservoir can be seen from the top of the ridge.
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Launde Abbey chapel, sometimes open to the public. Withcote, a lovely redundant church with old glass. Belton a pretty village. Leigh Lodge, with its old fishponds, the site of a hunting lodge in the forest in the time of King John.
Please read the introduction to the original book updated for the web published walks.
The written description and map is a .pdf file which you can print and take with you on the walk.
Download walk 11 here (.pdf file 225kb)
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