- Walked: 6 January 2007.
- Distance: 8.7m
- Total time 3 hrs
- Terrain: fairly flat with a slight climb
- Summary: circular walk starting from Snarestone, to Odstone and Swepstone.
- map: Explorer 245
Today was the perfect winter walking day. The sky was crystal clear and a beautiful blue, the sun was shining, and although cold (there was frost on the ground in places all day today) the air was dry and reasonably still, so it didn't feel too cold.
I last did this walk about a year ago
Much of this 9-mile circular walk is on road, but they are quiet roads with decent views.
This is where our path joins the Ashby canal. Canal towpaths are good for walking, they're flat and always passable, regardless of the time of year. The Ivanhoe Way is well-marked.
This particular stretch of the Ivanhoe Way from Shackerstone to Odstone is a bit muddy at the best of times. I remember having trouble getting under this bridge once before, but this time it was completelyy flooded. Luckily it wasn't too difficult to get up the bank, over the bridge and back down the other side.
Once past the bridge, the track is still horribly muddy. It's been used by 4-wheel-drives, and so is really churned-up with deep ruts and huge puddles. I'm going to contact LCC because this is a stretch of the Ivanhoe Way and the Leicestershire Round but it has become very unpleasant for walking.
The track takes you uphill for a bit. Still very muddy, but the views from the top of the hill, just before arriving in Odstone, are wonderful. The sky had started to get a little bit cloudy, and the sun was beginning to set. This made for a great-looking sunset. At Odstone, this walk switches to road. It was quite a relief to be on a good surface again!
After Swepstone, we cross some very young National Forest (just planted).
A few more fields takes you back to the starting point at Snarestone.
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