Over the last year I have been exploring footpaths around Leicestershire and trying to create some circular walks. This route is a little over 8 miles long. During this scenic route you will come across some of Leicestershire’s history. Including an abandoned medieval village and the scene of one of Leicester’s most famous unsolved murders.
The route will past a farm shop to stock up on cake that can be enjoyed on the walk. Also a newly refurbish and dog friendly pub is situated near the end of the walk and is highly recommended. I set out to follow the route from CoolAsLeicester but I deviated from it to explore some of the history in the area.
As with any circular walk you can start anywhere but I highly recommend the free parking at Great Glens recreational ground.
Start by heading West past the tennis courts and onto the dog walking trail that surrounds the recreational ground. Follow this path North until you reach the signed public footpath. Follow the path until you reach the sign to Pennbury Farm. The stop is a highly recommended to stock up on cakes and treats for the walk (don’t forgot to feed the pigs). Return to the footpath and follow North until you reach Gartree Road.
Before you reach Gartree Road on your left hand side you will spot an abandoned church. This is surrounded by the medieval village of Stretton Magna (unfortunately not accessible).
Turn right onto the road and follow it until you cross an humpback bridge and up the small hill to the junction in the road. Take the left turn and follow the road towards Little Stretton.
Keep an eye out for the stile and footpath sign next to a cattle grid before reaching the village on the left hand side of the road. Follow this footpath down the tree lined driveway, past the Manor House and then through a small field and woods. You will arrive at a small picturesque 12th century church.
Whilst in Little Stretton a visit to the small community hall is well worth the visit.
This building in 1919 was where the autopsy Bella Wright was carried out. She was murdered a short distance away. The room was that dark and gloomy that the doctor didn’t notice a gun shot to the young women’s head. More information on the case can be found here.
Leave the small park and follow the lane back towards the church. Carry along the lane until you see a footpath across a field to the right. Stay on the footpath until you reach a diary farm (say hello to the cows that will follow you) and come out onto a road.
Follow this road around to the left. Then take a right on Gaulby Lane. Follow the road a short distance until you see the footpath to Kings Norton on the right. Following this footpath will bring you to Kings Norton via a small picturesque farm that you walk through dodging the chickens and turkeys in the courtyard. Head right down the lane towards the magnificent church.
After exploring the church, follow the main road south until you see the gated footpath on the right hand side. follow this path over 4 fields (more friendly cows) onto Gartree Road (more of a dirt path). Turn left and cross the ford/small bridge, immediately on the right is the start of the next footpath. Follow the path across another 4 fields until you reach Burton Overy.
After coming out on Elms lane, head right until you reach Scotland Lane, follow this lane to Main Street and into “The Bell” pub on your right.
The pub has been recently refurbished. Myself and the hound had a small brunch between ourselves whilst reading a book I picked up in the red phone box library outside. The food is highly recommended.
Exit the pub, turn right into Bell Lane and then left onto Beadswell Lane. Reconnect with the public footpath and follow it (over 8 fields) until you reach London Road where you turn right to enter Great Glen. Continue along London Road before and turn off onto Main Street opposite the “Pug and Greyhound” pub. Turn left onto Church Road and finally right onto Bindleys Lane. Head over the ford and back to the car park at the recreation ground.
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