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Asfordby Parish Walks

About Asfordby

Where is Asfordby? Asfordby is to the west of Melton
Located to the north of the River Wreake, Asfordby is about 2½ miles west of Melton Mowbray.  Asfordby Valley and Asfordby Hill developed around the iron works whose construction began in 1878.
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About the Walks

  • There are 3 different walks in the Asfordby area: one 2 1/2miles, and two 3 miles.
  • All walks start from the free car park near the shops in Bradgate Lane, Asfordby.
  • All of the paths are waymarked.
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The Route

Asfordby Parish Walks Map
Walk 1
4km (2½miles), allow 1 hour, flat and easy walking by river and old gravel works.  Rich in wildlife.
From the car park, turn left onto Bradgate Lane, then right onto Main Street, passing the village cross on your left.
Beyond the cross you will see All Saints Parish Church, built mainly in the early 14th century in local stone but with older origins, with an elegant recessed crocketed spire.  The church contains parts of a pre-conquest cross shaft (10th or 11th century) and cross and candlesticks coloured gold and red but made of cast iron - a gift from Holwell Ironworks in 1964.  There also survives half a carved 15th century bench end with its original medieval coloured decoration, one of only two examples known in England.
Continue along Main Street and pass both the Old Hall (17th century) and Bluebell Inn on your right, originally a 17th century timber framed house, and noting 159 Main Street opposite, with its datestone of 1730.
A. Turn left into Mill Lane and walk to the end, crossing a bridge in front of a house to meet the footpath.  Walk the length of this path to the road.
Turn left, then cross the road to another footpath almost opposite.  At the next stile head away from the river aiming for the church spire of Frisby on the Wreake.
B. Near the power lines, cross into the field and bear right walking parallel to the railway line.
Cross the railway line at the gated crossing and follow the track.  Turn right before the first house crossing the railway line once more.
Follow the path through the meadows and aim back towards Asfordby with the river on the right and flooded gravel workings on the left.
C. As the river meanders right, continue to follow the bridleway that turns left. Turn right at the road.
D. Just before the first house, “Red Lodge Farm”, take the footpath right.  Pass to the right of the playground and onto Glendon Close.  At the T-junction turn right then turn left into the jitty between No. 37 and 39.
Turn left, then into Main Street to return to the start of the walk.
Walk 2
5km (3 miles), allow 1¼ hours, undulating across pasture and arable land.
From the car park, turn left onto Bradgate Lane, then right onto Main Street, passing the village cross on your left.
1. At the crossroads by the telephone box follow the road around and turn right into Saxelby Road.  Cross the bypass and continue into the road opposite.
2. One field before the farm on the left turn left walk across the field of ridge and furrow.  Cross the stile and walk up the hill to the top keeping the hedge on the right.  Pass under the power lines, then at the top turn left, still with a hedge on the right.
3. Cross the road and continue along the path opposite, downhill with Asfordby to the left and Frisby to the right.
At the next road turn left and pick up the directions for Walk 1 from point D to return to the start of the walk.
Walk 3
4½ km (3 miles), allow 1¼ hours, flat and relatively easy walking on surfaced paths and pasture land.
Turn left onto Bradgate Lane then left again to follow Main Street to Asfordby Valley.
i. By the telephone box cross the main road to meet a track leading up hill.
ii. Follow the track and in about one mile turn right to walk with the old canal on the right.
iii. Immediately before the bridge turn right again and cross the footbridge over the old canal lock to follow a waymarked path back to Asfordby.
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Page Last Updated: 6 August 2009