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Leicestershire Short Walks – 31

Bagworth (Markfield) Thornton 3 or 6 miles (5 or 9km)

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth

Holy Rood Church at Bagworth © Copyright Trevor Rickard

Undulating ground over a mixture of meadow and arable land. The waymarking is good and the route not difficult to follow. The outward and inward sections of the walk meet at a stile close to Thornton reservoir. At this point you could omit the (uphill) section to the motorway and shorten the walk to 2 and a half miles. The walk can also be varied by adding a very pleasant 2 mile walk round Thornton reservoir.

Items of interest Bagworth, a former mining village. Thornton reservoir. Ashley’s Wood, recently planted with 3,000 poplar trees as part of the National Forest. Bagworth Park was the site of a great house planned to equal Kirby Muxloe and Ashby Castle, built for William Lord Hastings in the time of Richard III. Leicester to Swannington railway line, opened by Stephenson in 1832, the first public railway in the Midlands (and now re-opened as the Ivanhoe line.) The Bagworth Incline, where Stephenson’s trains were pulled up the hill by an extra engine at the top is now a lovely, quiet, hedged track.

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 31 here (.pdf file 300kb)

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